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Old 09-19-2005, 11:13 AM   #1
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Fruit Fly Repellant?

Hi everyone!

Does anyone have any tips on how to keep fruit flies away? I'm a fruit girl and LOVE fruit but hate these annoying fruit flies.

I try to keep as much as possible in the fridge but we buy lots of variety in bulk from costco and some just has to stay out.

Any tips or suggestions? Thank you!

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Old 09-19-2005, 11:17 AM   #2
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I know they are soooo pesky aren't they and we have the same problems... What we can do is just leave the least matured fruits outside the fridge and when they become mature put them in the fridge, and the left overs, like the skins and pits, they are really their favourite things, so we try to take them outside immediately, or put them in an extra plastic bag and tightly seal it before placing in a dustbin... it helps the situation a little.
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Old 09-19-2005, 12:48 PM   #3
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We trap 'em. Take a large, wide-mothed jar and place a used banana or mellon peel inside. Leave on the counter in the morning. Then when you get home from work, sneak up on the little pests and quickly clamp the lid on top of the jar. Then, you can either throw away the jar, drown the flies inside (a tricky buisness), or release them outside. I prefer to do the little critters in. If you crack the lid and insert an eye-dropper full of rubbing alcohol into the jar, and re-tighten the lid, it will kill them.

To paraphrase Yosemte Sam, "I hates fruit flies".
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Whoa, what an idea!! Definetely deserves to be tried!!
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Old 09-19-2005, 12:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info! I do all those things but they still manage to hang around. I guess the only way to get rid of fruit flies 100% is to stop buying fruits. Lol yeah right!
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Old 09-19-2005, 01:00 PM   #6
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Oh, I posted before I saw your post goodweed! I'll definitely try that!! Thank you, Thank you,Thank you

Those little suckers are going DOWN!
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They can be pesky but it sounds like they are after something that is a tad too old. Make sure the basket/bowl/whatever you are using to store the fruit in is cleaned between each uses. If I hunt through my stuff I can usually find the piece of fruit that is attracting them. Tomatoes are the culpret a lot - the skin will start turning on a side I can't see. And bananas - if they start swarming make banana bread! lol

These little guys only breed where there is a suitable breeding ground i.e., decaying fruit and vegetables with fermenting going on. If you use a wire basket of some type it will need to be cleaned in hot soapy water. If you see them the breeding ground is there somewhere. I spilled something outside my trashcan under the sink - didn't realize it until I had major fruit flies one afternoon.

Usually you can locate the piece of fruit or vegetable and remove it thus eliminating the fruit flies.
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Old 09-19-2005, 02:00 PM   #8
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leave a bowl of apple cider vinegar on the counter. this attracts the flies and they drown .
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I use apple cider vinegar also, but I put some in a very small pitcher or jar, etc - put a small funnel in with the point down. The fruit flies will go down the funnel to ge to the vinegar and can't get back out and die. I leave mine for several days at a time and just toss when a few get there. They dissolve and there is nothing but a sediment left of them.
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Gross, but good ideas here. I just thought maybe you could buy one of those picnic net things and cover your fruit. I like the cider vinegar idea though.
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