All Things Gardening forum: Getting rid of fruit flies

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 25, 2010 5:46 AM CST
This time of year my kitchen is always full of bowls of veggies from the garden -- tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers -- waiting for me to process them in some way or other. Bowls of veggies result in pesky fruit flies, but I've discovered that putting out a couple of small containers (I use juice glasses) with about an inch of cider vinegar in them, with a drop or two of dish soap added (to reduce the surface tension) will attract and drown the flies.
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
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Poochella
Aug 27, 2010 10:00 PM CST
This is a great tip, Sandy. We usually get them around our big veggie/fruit bowl on the countertop, and the compost pile, but so far, not too many. I'll give your tip a whirl soon enough.
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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jul 11, 2011 8:38 AM CST
I have tried this and it DOES work Hurray! Within hours the little buggers were doing the back stroke Thumbs up

Great post for anyone that doesnt know..
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 11, 2011 9:05 AM CST
Cheap and easy -- two of my favorite words!

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Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
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stephanietx
Jul 16, 2011 9:01 PM CST
I do this too! We use shallow lids. It works like a charm everytime!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 16, 2011 9:07 PM CST
Welcome, Stephanie -- I actually bought a "fruit fly trap" and associated bait, then ran out of the bait, checked on the internet, and discovered that vinegar works... so simple, almost too good to be true!
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Jul 22, 2011 1:06 PM CST
Another tip... If a ripening tomato gets a crack, I know it will just spoil if I leave it outside. And if I put it on the counter, fruit flies will find it, and it will spoil. So I pick it and bring it inside, but before I put it on the counter I put masking tape over any cracks in the skin... fruit flies can't get to it, and it ripens just fine!
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Samigal
Jul 22, 2011 5:59 PM CST
Hey Jill, good tip on those tomatoes. How is little Miss Sunshine doing and of course how are you getting along? Group hug
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Jul 22, 2011 9:16 PM CST
We're having a great summer! Sunshine Girl is thriving, chatting up a storm and learning something new every time I turn around. She'll be 2 in mid-August! Every day with her just feels like a celebration. I guess it's 5 years before anybody uses the word remission, but all my test/scan results are good, and I'm definitely getting my zip back, so we're "all systems go go go!"
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Region: United States of America Region: Michigan
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Weedwhacker
Jul 23, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Jill, what a great tip about the tomatoes -- using tape is something I've never thought to try! Also very happy to hear that you are doing well - thanks for posting here. Group hug
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Sep 5, 2011 5:37 PM CST
Wow, I sure wish I had seen this last month.... *sigh* .... slap!!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Region: United States of America Region: Michigan
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Weedwhacker
Sep 5, 2011 9:11 PM CST
LOL, Sheryl -- keep it in mind for *next* year!
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Sep 6, 2011 1:23 PM CST
Yeah, 'cause you know I'll have them again... Angry
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.



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dogpack
Mar 24, 2012 6:18 PM CST
I did some research about carnivorous plants and these plants enjoy fruit flies.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Region: United States of America Region: Michigan
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Weedwhacker
Mar 24, 2012 8:20 PM CST
Dogpack -- that's an interesting idea! What carnivorous plants in particular are you referring to? I'm afraid any of them that I would try to keep for the purpose of eating fruit flies would become so large and aggressive it would be like a remake of "Little Shop of Horrors"... Hilarious!

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