View Full Version : Fruitflies, unwanted visitors.
09-21-2005, 10:35 PM
Hi to all my friends,
We have found that if we wash our fruit and vegetables as soon as we bring them in the house we limit the amount of fruitflies that we have to deal with. Also throw the bags that you bought them home in. We still sometimes have a few hanging around but this seems to help limit the amount of fruitflies we have hanging around.
Please post your success in getting rid of your liitle visitors.
09-21-2005, 10:45 PM
Here is an o-oooold thread where Flutterfly posted a remedy that really does work as I did it during the summer months when the gnats were really coming in strong: http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=257&highlight=fruitflies
After doing some research much later than that post was posted, I found that gnats are attracted to vinegar and I believe it is the dish soap that kills them once they go into the mixture.
09-21-2005, 11:59 PM
Great, I'll try that. I've had tons of them in my kitchen in the last two weeks. uhughugh
09-22-2005, 12:07 AM
I also had a horrible spell of fruitflies this summer. It was driving me crazy having so many around.
So, someone told me put apple cider vinegar in a little jar and put a paper like funnel in the jar. Don't know why the need for the paper.
Anyways, I had two jars out and it really did work.
We don't have fruitflies now, but regular flies! Those are worse as they are always landing on us.
We don't have a screen on the back door and the kids are always leaving it open.
Anyone got a remedy for that?!
09-22-2005, 01:06 AM
Thanks to Rawkinlocs for remembering flutterfly's advice! I've been battling the little buggers since early this year. I don't know where the recent batch came from, I've been throwing out my trash nearly every day, keeping more produce in the fridge, etc. A janitor at my friend's workplace said sometimes they hatch in sink drains, which makes as much sense as anything else.
Anyway, I put out the vinegar/ soap bowl two hours ago and I've already counted six casualties [sacrificed to the goddess of sanity]. Yeah!!!
PS Pam, put a spring on the screen door so it automatically closes. If it snaps shut the sound will drive you mad so set it to slow down the last inch or so. If you put a magnet where the door meets the frame it will stay put. This is assuming it's an old fashioned screen door you don't have to manually latch.
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