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Old 10-26-2013, 04:31 AM   #2001
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Addie,

Try tossing a few ice cubes into the garbage disposal to clean it, turn on the cold water, flip the switch and count to 10.
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:22 PM   #2002
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I cut a pop bottle in half, invert the top part as a funnel, and put a bit of cider vinegar in the bottom. Fruit flies get in, but they can't fly out, and drown.


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Old 10-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #2003
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For fruit flies, I put a small bowl of cider vinegar on the counter with a few drops of dish detergent. The vinegar attracts them and the soap breaks the surface tension of the liquid. They try to land on top, but they fall into the cider and DIE!
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I cut a pop bottle in half, invert the top part as a funnel, and put a bit of cider vinegar in the bottom. Fruit flies get in, but they can't fly out, and drown.


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Cool.

Fruit flies seem to like wine even better than cicer vinegar.
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For fruit flies, I put a small bowl of cider vinegar on the counter with a few drops of dish detergent. The vinegar attracts them and the soap breaks the surface tension of the liquid. They try to land on top, but they fall into the cider and DIE!
That's what I usually do too.
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Cool.

Fruit flies seem to like wine even better than cicer vinegar.
I'm not sharing my wine When I was a bartender, I noticed that fruit flies really liked getting in through the pour tops of sweet liqueur bottles. Nasty. A little protein with your Pink Squirrel?
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:51 PM   #2007
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For fruit flies, I put a small bowl of cider vinegar on the counter with a few drops of dish detergent. The vinegar attracts them and the soap breaks the surface tension of the liquid. They try to land on top, but they fall into the cider and DIE!
That's what I do! It works and within no time there are dead little fruit fly bodies in the vinegar.
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:56 PM   #2008
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I had been having a battle with fruit flies. I knew the cause was a peach I didn't eat in time. So I cut it up, tossed the pit in the garbage and the flesh down the drain and let the garbage disposal take care of it. Hmmm. Too many fruit flies and they weren't leaving. So I went on line.

It seems the main culprit in most kitchens is the drain in the sink. Specially those with a garbage disposal. Sure enough, that is where my friends were holding there meetings. By now there wasn't a single fruit fly. They were all married with large families. The cure was so simple. Pour bleach down the drain and for those that didn't want to live down there, Windex! Windex? Are they kidding? Okay, I will try it. So I got out the bottle and every time I saw any, they got hit with Windex! Problem solved in one day.

Yesterday I made an apple pie for my daughter. I put the peels down the drain, ran the disposal with scalding hot water and then poured a bit of bleach down. I go out in the kitchen tonight and there are more of my friends. Where were they coming from? The peeler! I left it in the sink to be washed. And according to the article, it doesn't have to be fruit that attracts them. It can be a potato or onion or any raw food that has gone bad. Most foods have sugar in them and that is what they are after. There was still the sugar on the peeler. Lesson learned. Windex to the rescue! I usually clean as I go. But I got lazy this time.
Even with all of the fruit in our produce department at work, when we get fruit flies, they go after the onions first!

You'd think with a entire produce department we'd see more fruit flies than we do. When I worked for another company they were everywhere, including the bakery. They loved the onion or blueberry bagels in the bulk bagel bins.
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I wash bananas the minute I get them home. And the cherry toms in bowls on the counter sport shower caps.

We have a covered copper bucket on the counter for composting scraps, the FFs seem to like getting into it.
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I cut a pop bottle in half, invert the top part as a funnel, and put a bit of cider vinegar in the bottom. Fruit flies get in, but they can't fly out, and drown.


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That's exactly what we do up at the marina to get rid of yellow jackets. Except we just leave a bit of coke in the bottom. Works like a charm.
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