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 7, 2011 8:50 PM CST
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What I was doing was putting it in a saucer, hoping the flying bugs would be attracted and drown........
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Sep 7, 2011 9:25 PM CST
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Oh yes. That's the point. Apple cider vinegar can be used for lots of things. I was just answering Carol's question. Susan, if you put out the vinegar in a small dish and saw no gnats drowned in the dish it either didn't work or you don't have gnats. Do you still have gnats?
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Sep 8, 2011 12:49 AM CST
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I don't know for sure, but I think they're fruit flies - very very tiny black flying insects. Very annoying in the den - I have one that flies in front of my face and drives me crazy! Blinking Rolling my eyes.
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Sep 8, 2011 9:45 PM CST
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I tried the white vinegar in a dish in the shop.....nada. I am certain there are still some gnats that didn't get stuck to the fly strip. Maybe it needs to be the apple cider vinegar, or the gnats are attracted.
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I use Cabernet Sauvignon with more success than the vinegar. No question.

However, it's my belief you will never be rid of gnat, flies, unless you remove houseplants from your home (and rotting food, of course). The non-animal material should go into your compost pile, outside). But, don't leave them outside then bring them inside. You'll be bringing in more bugs. That's where the bugs live and seek the rich soil of houseplants.
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LOL So they like wine! Can't say I blame them...
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Sep 9, 2011 9:29 PM CST
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Thankfully they have a still primitive palate. Cheap stuff is just as seductive as the pricey.
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Sep 12, 2011 7:53 AM CST
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Susan,
I got exactly ZERO results using the apple cider vinegar for the fruit flies. HOWEVER, a couple of those same containers filled with plain old tap water drowned every singly one of them. And, those other little black flying thingies that can't swim!

Try it! Lovey dubby

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Sep 19, 2011 8:03 PM CST
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Maybe the Texas type prefer water with the drought you all have been having Smiling
Here in Indiana the fruit flies know what apples are. Hilarious!
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I have had gnats in the past. I am going to try this next time as anything is worth at least one try. Thanks for the info.
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I really don't think those are fruit flies...come to think of it....they are fungal gnats...attracting to decomposing material. They have started early here...ACK....I hate them.
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Aguane said:Cider Vinegar is an amazing cure-all. Google it.
I use it to kill weeds... and much much more.


White vinegar kills weeds too, and is much cheaper. But it will also kill anything else it touches.
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