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Solutions for Fruit Flies

By PAgirl63
September 30, 2015

You probably already know to wash or rinse fruits with edible skins, such as apples, pears, grapes, peaches, nectarines, and plums. Don't stop there!

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 29, 2015 6:23 PM CST
I am in the habit of washing each banana before I go to have it but it never dawned on me that I could stop the fruit flies in their tracks by simply washing all the bananas as soon as I get home with them.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Sep 29, 2015 8:03 PM CST
Thank you! I've been plagued with fruit flies lately...mostly in my compost container. I do scrub it when I take it out, but by then it has eggs/larva. I don't normally wash fruit until I'm ready to eat it, but now I will!
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Sep 30, 2015 8:24 AM CST

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I wash my cantelopes and watermelons too!
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Chillybean
Sep 30, 2015 9:18 AM CST
We put our bananas in the fridge, unless they are green green. I prefer the flavor of bananas when they are still slightly firm and a tad green. Right now it is tomatoes from the garden that attract fruit flies, but it's only a handful of the insects.

I remember one year it was terrible in the middle of winter, but that was completely my fault. At that time, I knew nothing about vegetable storage and put a bag of potatoes on top of the fridge, then forgot about them. Oh, that was horrible!

It's like compost buckets and fruit flies go together. Smiling I keep mine under the sink so it isn't too bad
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PAgirl63
Sep 30, 2015 2:47 PM CST
Ann - I always washed other fruit, but never bananas until about a year ago. I find it really does help. Smiling

Carol - I keep an empty, large size coffee can under my kitchen sink for stuff I want to add to my compost pile. I never had any problems with fruit flies, but the smell ... ewww! I usually end up tossing the can when it gets really bad. nodding

Suzanne - great idea about washing cantalopes and watermelons. I never thought of them. Thank You!

Kim - I never put potatoes on top of the fridge, but I have left them in my pantry closet. Not really a good idea either. I forgot about them, too, and then they turned all slimy and mushy. Yuck! I tried leaving them in the fridge, but they wouldn't taste right after awhile. Now I just leave them in the back corner of kitchen counter behind the fruit bowl. That seems to work out pretty well cause fruit doesn't last too long in my house, so it's easy to check on the potatoes. Green Grin!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Sep 30, 2015 2:48 PM CST
I had no problems when I was using a Tupperware container. It was airtight, but these fancy stainless steel ones aren't.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 30, 2015 6:04 PM CST
I wash all fruits & veggies with soap & water before I use them ~~~ well, the lettuce only gets a thorough washing with water. I have though been thinking about washing them all when I bring them in the house & that would save me time later when I'm prepping meals.
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DogsNDaylilies
Sep 30, 2015 6:40 PM CST
I can sympathize with everyone else who has had fruit flies in their compost bins. I bought my vermicomposter (Worm Factory 360) thinking I would keep it in the basement because everything said that they aren't smelly and can be kept right in the kitchen, even.

Nooooo waaaay, Jose! Fortunately, I started it in the garage because it quickly attracted fruit flies and the beginning of this summer was particularly bad. Thankfully, a few smart spiders took up residence in and around it and the fruit fly problem is almost obsolete...but that compost bin is staying outside! Maybe scrubbing my fruits and veggies will help a little, though...

HelenVT
Oct 4, 2015 1:33 PM CST
I don't buy bananas in the summer, but I still manage to get fruit flies with my compost pot. I saw a remedy for the fruit flies once and it really works. Get a bottle of cheap wine. Leave only a quarter of the wine in the bottle and add a little sugar if it's on the dry side. The fruit flies will fly into the bottle for the wine and they can't get back out because of the shape of the wine bottle.

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