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Old 09-20-2005, 05:09 AM   #11
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If memory serves me right we used a glass of apple juice when I was growing up, so the vinegar makes perfect sense.
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Old 09-20-2005, 08:21 AM   #12
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Great ideas here on getting rid of the pesky fruit fly. I'm canning tomatos and I have several in the basement and have fruitflies around even tho I check the tomatos everyday. I'n sure going to try all the suggestions. Thanks.
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Old 09-20-2005, 01:22 PM   #13
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In the one house we lived in these things were every where. we arent much of fruit people but we do purchase it every so often. However I often found the little buggers hovering around my plants as well. Not sure if they nested in them that there was something that they liked but the only way i ridded of them was watering my plants with the dirty dish water. I dont know If im the only one that notice them around house hold plants but sure enough they were....just a thought, I like the vinegar idea as well, thanks
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Old 09-20-2005, 02:52 PM   #14
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Dirty dish H2O? Does it work? I have a zillion of them in all my plants and it drives me crazy! Just seems to be this time of year. Does it hurt the plants? We are talking live plants here, right? Just kidding. I put a bowl of vinegar out with plastic wrap on top and punch a couple of holes in the top, they go in and can't get out. My MIL used to ripen pears from her trees on the kitchen table! The kitchen was full of them, yuck.
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Old 09-21-2005, 12:04 PM   #15
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YES we are talking LIVE plants. They plants actually thrive from it, dont know why, but tis no different then spaying your trees outside with dish soap in water to get rid of aphids. I have been doing this for a while! Of course not always to get rid of bugs but just cuz the waters there for the using. My mom has had some house plants with so many "spider" eggs in them that the inside of the pot was white with eggs....a couple doses of dish water and they were done for!
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Old 09-21-2005, 12:10 PM   #16
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Yep - when I notice the white stuff on my plants I fill a sink full of sudsy water and swish my plant upside down in the suds really well. Then I turn the plant right side up and submerge it in the soapy water and then drain the sink letting the soapy water filter through. I then spray the leaves off with the sprayer hose. Works like a charm on those little suckers.
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Old 09-21-2005, 06:46 PM   #17
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This makes my day, well summer actually. I lost 39 houseplants this summer due to that white cottony stuff on the leaves and stems. First the color turns from bright healthy green to pale green and then to brown. I kept washing them off but didn't think about the culprit being in the soil! My husband doesn't seem to mind, said I had too many plants anyway! Can't help it I love the green in my house! I have been growing a bird of paradise for four years now, it's 2 ft. tall, not bad for Michigan, but I noticed those white things on it the other day. I don't want to lose it, it's my daughter's favorite flower and well....you know. It's too big to even get into the shower but I'll try spraying it liberally and then hosing it off. Thanks for all the information. My Mom gave me a plant when I was 18 and it went everywhere with me. 29 years later the plant died as she was dying, how ironic! Well I'm off to mix up some suds and H2O and launch a full scale attack. Thanks again.
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Old 10-09-2005, 10:24 PM   #18
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I know this is a little late, but if someone is still looking for some info, here's what I found.

FRUIT FLIES

The fruit is gone and you are still seeing flies. What can you do now? Before you go to bed try placing a dish of cider vinegar out on the counter. Add a sprig of basil for good measure. They will be attracted to both and drown. Toss it in the morning and repeat as needed. Some people also have good luck with a little wine in a dish that is then covered with plastic wrap that you've poked a few holes in. Leave it out all day and replace as needed until the fruit flies are gone.

Fruit flies also look for moisture. If they are hovering around the sink you may need to flush the drain with bleach. Make sure you clean around the rims--anywhere it becomes damp. If you have a faucet that drips it will need to be replaced to stop that moisture.

To prevent fruit flies keep fruit in the refrigerator when possible and cover it. If it's out on the counter, make sure it's eaten before it's over ripe. When you do have to throw fruit out, make sure you put it in the garbage and close the cover. Keep your compost pile away from the house. Rinse out soda cans or other cans that have had sweet things in them. Keep them in a covered container until they can be recycled or returned to the store.
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Old 10-10-2005, 08:16 AM   #19
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Guess you confirmed how to take care of the pesky t hings. They are a nuisance. I don't have that kind of problem but other problems with spiders. Seems like ongoing starting with ladybugs and now these spiders. What next? Thanks mish. Reminds me another reason to get my dripping faucet fixed. AGAIN!
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