(Closed) help me get rid of fruit flies!

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had that problem in my apartment in college.. we thought they might be coming from the garbage disposal so we sprayed bleach cleaner down there, and on all the surfaces in the kitchen/bathroom and viola! That may not do the trick for you, but it’s worth a try!

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

get a plastic water bottle and cut it about 3″ down.  Take the top part, flip it upside down like a funnel and stick it in the bottom part snugly.  Put about 1/2″ of red wine in the contraption.  They can fly down in there, but can’t fly out.  It will take a few hours for them to figure out how to get in it, so be patient.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

You should definitely find the source, because if they were there when you moved in, it probably won’t go away on its own.  I had fruit flies one summer in an old apartment, and I put the fly tape up in my kitchen and though it was really gross, it was really effective.  I don’t know why they would be in your bathroom, the last tenants must have been gross. It may be worth getting an exterminator if your landlord will pay for it, given that they were there when you moved in.  Also, keep everything possible in the fridge so that it’s safer from buggies.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Stop eating fruit? j/k.

My friend had great success with just a splash of juice & detergent in the bottle contraption thing that Ms. Longcoat mentioned. Didn’t even need red wine if you don’t have any handy. I think he may have used water & detergent at one point. It did take several days for his unwanted guests to leave, but I’ve never heard him so excited over anything he’s ever done before, so it must be highly effective.

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Your best bet is to find the source because you can continue to kill them but they WILL NOT go away.  We bred these things in Genetics and they multiply seemingly overnight by the thousands. 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I had this problem a while ago in my old place and I did the same thing Lovemysailor did and it actually did a pretty decent job.  Make sure your drains are clean and your garbage can is also clean so there’s less to attract them. I’ve heard warm apple cider vinegar works with some dish soap in a trap, so maybe a dish of that might work.

If they are around the house and kitchen…are you sure they aren’t drain flies?  Those are the ones shaped like litte black hearts.  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

They love sugar, so anything with sugar in it, like sweet bread, will attract them.  You have to put all that stuff in the fridge!  We’ve had lots of success with just putting wine or whisky in a cup, covering it with saran wrap and poking a few holes in it.  They get in but can’t figure out how to get out.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You’re welcome!  Here’s an illustration.  don’t worry about the wire part, just tape it or fit it in tightly

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

We tried bleach and vinegar and it worked like a charm!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We use a drinking glass with something sweet in the bottom (usually juice and a touch of dish detergent), and put plastic wrap over top held in place with an elastic band. Poke a bunch of holes in the plastic wrap and leave it where the flies are. The tricky part is poking holes big enough for them to get in, but not so big they can fly out. This usually clears up our fruit fly issues in the summer quickly ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually we’ve had a few floating around lately, I should do this myself!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I usually put out a bowl with some water and balsamic vinegar in multiple areas (by the garbage, on the counter) and they usually dive in and drown.

When they were really bad I ended up putting a glass of wine on the counter and when it gathered a whole bunch of flies in the glass i covered the top and threw it outside.

Do you have any beer bottles around? In the summer we drank corona and sometimes forgot to take out the limes and that was the main source of the problem!

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