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Old 02.09.2013, 19:09
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

am i the only that this didn't work for? it seems to have the counter effect as i ended up with even more flies hovering around the plastic...
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Old 02.09.2013, 19:11
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am i the only that this didn't work for? it seems to have the counter effect as i ended up with even more flies hovering around the plastic...
Not working for me either
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Not working for me either
makes me feel much better. now, though, i have a ton more flies! grrrr....
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am i the only that this didn't work for? it seems to have the counter effect as i ended up with even more flies hovering around the plastic...
The first time I did it, it was an overnight success. Since then it's taken a couple of days to get them. Maybe some are more suceptible to the smell or whatever it is that attracts them, and those that are less so survive to breed, passing it on. Don't know.
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

Tried the glass with balsamic vinegar, couple drops of washing-up liquid, cover with cling film and poke some holes in the top.

Within the first hour there were 3-4 flies hovering around it and a couple trapped inside.

Then I went away for one week and upon my return I thought that the "trap" probably needed refreshing, so I tipped the contents into the sink. I was amazed at the quantity of flies concealed in the dark vinegar ... there must have been 30-40 flies.

Amazing ... highly recommended.
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

Ok, saw some funny posts here. Here is you solution.

Get a spray bottle. Fill it with 100% Ethanol. (if you can't find 100%, use 70%).

Spray in the direction of the Fruit Fly, hopefully you'll hit them, and in any container you have (be sure to close it).

The Ethanol will cause them to Drop/fumes will kill'em.

Enjoy from a Former Fruit Fly Geneticist.

(N.B. we use to use Carbon Dioxide to knock'em out do our selections, but I don't recommend you do the same
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Ok, saw some funny posts here. Here is you solution.

Get a spray bottle. Fill it with 100% Ethanol. (if you can't find 100%, use 70%).

Spray in the direction of the Fruit Fly, hopefully you'll hit them, and in any container you have (be sure to close it).

The Ethanol will cause them to Drop/fumes will kill'em.

Enjoy from a Former Fruit Fly Geneticist.

(N.B. we use to use Carbon Dioxide to knock'em out do our selections, but I don't recommend you do the same
Sorry, but thats actually a pretty rubbish solution vs the others.
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Old 06.09.2013, 13:44
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Enjoy from a Former Fruit Fly Geneticist.
I'm sorry, but you are not qualified to post in this thread.

You risk posting factual information might accidently lead to a solution that nobody can bitch about.

Heaven forbid people just adopt principles of hygiene in the first place.
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Old 06.09.2013, 16:28
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Re: How to avoid fruit flies???

I'm sorry if this link is already posted...didn't have time to go through the whole thread today but I have the same problem too. This should help solve any outstanding questions.

Wikihow - Get rid of Fruit Flies
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How to kill Fruit Flies

Hi All,

I saw the sudden infestation of fruit flies in my kitchen. Please help me to get rid of them.

Thanks in advance
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Hi All,

I saw the sudden infestation of fruit flies in my kitchen. Please help me to get rid of them.
Simple - remove any plant material. If there are no plants, no fruit, no flowers, there will be no fruit flies.
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Thanks. but that will be a long term solution, something which can be used immediately will be very helpful
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Take a clean glass jar with a clean screw on lid.

Put in and a small piece of very ripe fruit and vinegar to cover. To that add a few drops of dishwashing liquid.

Puncture small holes in the lid, screw on tight.

Leave in kitchen, in the general area where the flies are found. Flies will be attracted to the fruit, drown in the vinegar/soap mixture.

There are tons of videos on home made fruit fly traps out there.

You can buy fancy fruit fly traps to do this, but save yourself a few francs.


Also, do not overbuy fruit in the summer; tempting to do so because the prices are good, but try to only buy fruit for one day. But even then the fruit flies will likely still be a problem.

Storing fruit in those green fruit/veggie bags seem to cut down the numbers of flies.


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The trap is not an immediate solution, it may take a bit of time for the flies to find their way in.

The only immediate solution is to toss all fruit/veg, thoroughly scrub your kitchen surfaces and cabinets.
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Old 25.06.2016, 19:10
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Once you've cleaned the kitchen, get a big saucepan filled water with a good dose of vinegar and boil, let it steam fill the room. Then clean all surfaces again.

Works for me, if the flies get out of control, and it clears the air too
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Old 25.06.2016, 19:20
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Vacuum them - seriously. A vacuum hose will remove hundreds within a few minutes. Go back again 10 minutes later for the ones that escaped - you'll be clear in no time.
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Vacuum them - seriously. A vacuum hose will remove hundreds within a few minutes. Go back again 10 minutes later for the ones that escaped - you'll be clear in no time.
That's excellent advice and really works! Kind of fun as well.
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Storing fruit in those green fruit/veggie bags seem to cut down the numbers of flies.


The only immediate solution is to toss all fruit/veg, thoroughly scrub your kitchen surfaces and cabinets.
Do people really still store fruit & veg in the open these days? Apart from two or three pieces of ready-use fruit (and not even that in this weather) everything's in the fridge from the moment it's unpacked until we're ready to use it.
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Yes.

Fridge only rarely for non-fresh meat/dairy.

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Fridge only rarely for non-fresh meat/dairy.

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Agree, but why?
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Do people really still store fruit & veg in the open these days? Apart from two or three pieces of ready-use fruit (and not even that in this weather) everything's in the fridge from the moment it's unpacked until we're ready to use it.


Yep. Little Rufus likes to help herself to nanabas and cannot reach the fridge. Besides, they go black in the fridge and we cannot persuade her to eat a black nanaba. Dead ones get regularly transformed in to banana cake (bread). This she can say perfectly.


Onions, spuds, the occasional leek... they're all on the trolley thing in the corner. Tomatoes too sometimes.


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