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Old 26.06.2016, 21:48
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Small shallow dish, apple cider vinegar and a drop of dishsoap. A perfect fruit fly graveyard
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Old 27.06.2016, 09:29
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Have you ever looked closely at them? the Coop is especially bad about it, the packets of small potatoes they sell invariably seem to contain greenish-hued ones.

I've a bit of a thing about it, many years ago a work colleague became ill (whilst pregnant) because her stupid husband insisted that they ate the potatoes he'd grown on his allotment despite him not storing them properly so they'd 'turned'; fortunately neither she nor the baby suffered any long-term damage.
In that case they were in an old sack that was kept outside the back door. So exposed to both light and heat.

Years later I was horrified to discover that my daughter-in-law kept new potatoes in a bowl near the kitchen window 'because they looked pretty'!
Scream.... son got a right royal telling off over that bit of stupidity.
The dangerous stuff is mostly in the shell (that's where the alkaloids are produced so that shouldn't be much of a surprise), so even if they're a bit green you should be fine just as long as you peel them.
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Old 27.06.2016, 10:13
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Speaking of potatoes, my top tip:

Landi unwashed potatoes.

I buy a large sack and store in a cool dark place in a wooden box in the cellar. No sprouting.

Price is very good, too.


A local farm might sell unwashed potatoes too. Price is usually even better when buying direct from the farmer.


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And while we are discussing potatoes, for those who live in Ausserschwyz/Einsiedeln and drive into Zürich in the early hours, how about helping out the local potato growers?

http://www.kartoffeltaxi.ch
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

We had this problem every summer and it drove me nuts. Yes, wine traps and things worked but they always came back and I keep my kitchen very clean, store fruit off counters, etc. I recently read something about fruit flies and it said they breed in your kitchen sink drain. Pour boiling water (or boiling water + vinegar) in the drain every day to get rid of them. I did it for two days and they were gone.
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

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I buy a large sack and store in a cool dark place in a wooden box in the cellar. No sprouting.

Price is very good, too.
This used to be SOP, the "boxes" even had a name or their own ("Hurde" in (eastern) Swiss German, "Horde" in Standard German). They had kind of a tongue-ish outlet at the bottom where you picked the needed potatoes from, refill of that tongue-thingy happens more or less automatically thanks to gravity. Also used for apples, pears, etc:

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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Just to say

Time flies like an arrow
Fruit flies like a banana

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Old 27.06.2016, 13:22
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Cultivate spiders. They decimate the fruit flies in no time.

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Old 27.06.2016, 13:28
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

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Speaking of potatoes, my top tip:
Landi unwashed potatoes.
I buy a large sack and store in a cool dark place in a wooden box in the cellar. No sprouting.
Price is very good, too.
A local farm might sell unwashed potatoes too. Price is usually even better when buying direct from the farmer.


The 5 kilo bag of spuds from either Migros M-Budget and Coop Prix Garantie, are unwashed too
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

I have the same problem and will try the suggested methods! thanks for the great ideas!
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Old 28.06.2016, 16:17
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Small shallow dish, apple cider vinegar and a drop of dishsoap. A perfect fruit fly graveyard
Exactly what we do, works a treat
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We had this problem every summer and it drove me nuts. Yes, wine traps and things worked but they always came back and I keep my kitchen very clean, store fruit off counters, etc. I recently read something about fruit flies and it said they breed in your kitchen sink drain. Pour boiling water (or boiling water + vinegar) in the drain every day to get rid of them. I did it for two days and they were gone.
tried pouring boiling water in the drain last night and this morning all the flies disappeared!
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Old 29.06.2016, 04:13
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Re: How to kill Fruit Flies

Oh dear as I read advice on what should/shouldn't be in a fridge!

For 40+ years I've left spuds and carrots and onions and garlic gloves out on the counter in a bowl (not the same items in all of that time obviously!) I always keep my fruit out of the fridge as well - the only time I want to have it cold is in a daiquiri or other such cocktail!

Yes, there is an occasional bout of fruit flies, but they're easily dealt with. In the peak of summer I've got a couple of those mesh food domes/tents that I'll pop over the fruit & veg bowls - voila!

Hmmmmmm. I'm also the person who uses the same chopping board to cut veg and raw meat and chicken. And I happily drink milk straight from the moo cow too. Still around to tell the tale. Wonder if I've just been lucky, or whether I really am dicing with my health.......I know I ate dirt pies as a kiddie, and I suspect that as a toddler I also chomped through the lead-based paint that my parents had painted my crib with......
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Food flies (storage of fruits)

Hi,
We keep our fresh fruit in a basket in the dining area and that is attracting a lot of food flies. we have a net kind of a basket that keeps the fruit covered but the flies are smaller than the holes of the net.


can you suggest how to store fresh fruit? obviously some fruit get spoiled if you keep in a refrigerator for a long time.
I would be interested to know how others keep their fruits fresh and away from the food flies?


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Re: Food flies (storage of fruits)

There are a couple of threads about fruit flies..

http://www.englishforum.ch/search2.php?q=fruit+flies
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Re: Food flies (storage of fruits)

I put some fruit in an old yoghurt pot. Secure some plastic wrap over the top with and elastic band
And make small holes with a fork.
As the fruit breaks down it attracts the flies. They are trapped in the pot. Then I put the pot in the freezer. It doesn't eliminate all the flies but it radically reduces the numbers.
Take the pot out and repeat as it defrosts.
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Re: Food flies (storage of fruits)

Easy:
fruit -> refrigerator
problem -> solved

exception: tomatoes

organic trash -> empty daily
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Easy:
fruit -> refrigerator
problem -> solved

exception: tomatoes and tropical fruit

organic trash -> empty daily
ftfy

OP, a jar with some vinegar/juice attracts the flies. Add some drops of dishwashing liquid to the top (drip on, don't stir), and the flies won't be able to fly back out of the mixture.

As for storage of fruits, best solution is to not buy what you don't eat immediately. If you really can't avoid buying lots of fruit and not eating all, perhaps surrounding it with trap jars might help.
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Easy:
fruit -> refrigerator
problem -> solved

exception: tomatoes

organic trash -> empty daily
We always keep our tomatoes in the fridge, mind you we eat them pretty quickly, so they don't seem to come to any harm.

I agree about emptying compost bins daily, I emptied ours into the main bin the other day and the inside of the lid, and I assume the organic waste inside, was squirming with tiny little maggots.
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Easy:

organic trash -> empty daily
ok ... now, here is the problem:
the fruit flies are colonizing and reproducing in the green container.
Then they get into our kitchens through the open windows.

Any suggestions how to get rid of them outside????
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ok ... now, here is the problem:
the fruit flies are colonizing and reproducing in the green container.
Then they get into our kitchens through the open windows.

Any suggestions how to get rid of them outside????
We are in an apartment and much as I like the idea of Geneva having started up the provision for recycling organics, I am being driven crazy by these horrible fruit flies. Is it possible that we have to use pesticide spray to get rid of them? Oh the irony....
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