Be Ready To Kill the Fruit Flies

By gardengus
September 4, 2011

When bringing fresh fruits or vegetables inside, you will most likely attract fruit flies. A small saucer or glass jar with cider vinegar will attract and drown the flies.

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Sep 3, 2011 6:36 PM CST
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Now that is a really neat tip! I've had that happen & wonddered how to get rid of them & they are so aggravating! I wonder if it applies to gnats also?
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Sep 3, 2011 6:40 PM CST
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Great tip, I'm bothered with fruit flies now so will get out the vinegar and put a saucer of it down for them to enjoy. Hilarious!
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Sep 3, 2011 7:35 PM CST
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Not bothered at the moment but if this tip works will be indebted forever!
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Sep 3, 2011 7:43 PM CST
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Good tip!

I've been bothered by gnats, not fruit flies... I've always used a couple thimbles full of red wine to lure the gnats.

I haven't had fruit flies in AZ. Though I could tell you tales or horror re the 1980s Mediterranean Fruit Fly in California and Gov. Moonbeam.

Cider Vinegar is MUCH cheaper. I drink both for medicinal reasons. Big Grin
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Sep 3, 2011 7:52 PM CST
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Didn't know that but sure will try.. In the morning......................when I'm a bit more ummmm ummmm sober?? LOL went out tonight and enjoyed myself a bit too Much???????????????
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Sep 3, 2011 10:04 PM CST
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I'll have to try both if I can keep myself out of them!
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Sep 3, 2011 10:12 PM CST
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Cider Vinegar is an amazing cure-all. Google it.
I use it to kill weeds... and much much more.
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Sep 4, 2011 3:09 AM CST
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GREAT tip - and I do this - Works GREAT! Hurray!
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Sep 4, 2011 6:07 AM CST
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Cider vinegar is wonderful for so many things. Very good for humans too. Thumbs up
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Sep 4, 2011 8:20 AM CST
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Cider vinegar now added to my shopping list. Thanks all!
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Excellent idea, but yeah, what do you use for fungus gnats? I brought a waterlogged houseplant indoors to dry out, and the little boogers are now buzzing around in the house! Grumbling
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Sep 4, 2011 12:26 PM CST
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Got some nasty gnat filled potting soil WM brand and still bothered with them after using pest strips to catch millions! In my shop where I keep butterfly chrysalis or I would use spray. Grumbling I am going to take some vinegar down next time I head out. Good tip, bet it would attract them too.
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Sep 4, 2011 5:09 PM CST
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wow - wonder if regular vinegar will work? and I don't have red wine, I have white...... will it work?
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Susie, Whenever I hear someone tout the many uses of vinegar I chuckle a bit. As a kid I vividly remember my papou (grandfather) drinking his morning cider vinegar. Another thing he did every morning, WARNING!! this is kind of gross, was mix up a small glass of lukewarm saltwater, then proceed to snort it. I've recently read that this IS in fact an effective deterrent to air born contagion.
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Evan,
My dad and grandfather touted the same practice with the salt water.
Cleans the nasal big time. Like a netty pot I think.
Also, gargling with lukewarm salt water is effective to remove the mucus that can harbor germs and infection.
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I guess some of the oldest preventatives are still effective Susie. The study discussed on the tube indicated it's the salt residue on the hairs lining the nasal cavity that do the the trick. Might be more effective for older Greek men. Big Grin
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Sep 7, 2011 6:17 PM CST
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Susie...how do you use vinegar as a weed killer? Please share.

The gnats we get around the kitchen aren't fruit flies, but are fungal gnats, attracted to anything beginning to decompose...and they like to lay their eggs in garbage. I think the saucer of vinegar would really work!!!!

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I tried apple cider vinegar, and also white wine. Nothing....... didn't catch a thing and we have tiny flying bugs around the house that I'm sure are from me bringing fruit and veggies in from the store for canning, etc. I don't have enuff fridge room, and I can't do everything simultaneously Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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@Carol. I put straight apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. During full sun (sunlight must be falling on the weed) spray the leaves of the weed. I use it mostly on clusters of small, young weeds. Here in PHX (hot and sunny) the weed is dead in a day. Something to do with smothering. I also poured straight cider vinegar onto Bermuda grass and it died in that spot. However, the Bermuda grass surrounding the treated area did in time invade that space. But, yes. I've had good luck spraying it on leaves of weeds in full sun. Otherwise I use the trusted knife and yank out the root.
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