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Fruit Fly Infestation!!!

DH and I are living in a rental and there are fruit flies EVERYWHERE!!!!! There's no fruit of food left out anywhere.  The problem started when we first moved into this place and we've never had a problem in any of our 5 previous homes.  What is causing this and how do I get rid of them and keep them gone?!
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Re: Fruit Fly Infestation!!!

  • This is, like, the 5th forum I read where someone has posted this very thing. We are always having fruit flies. Seriously, you are not the only one! It's weird.

     Someone recommended putting out a bowl  of apple cider vinegar with a squirt of dishwashing liquid in it. I did this a few days ago and 4 hours later I had 2 drowned flies. So maybe it does work.

  • Pour a pot of boiling water down all of the drains, pour some bleach down the drains, make sure there's nothing hidden from previous residents under any appliances.  Tell your landlord.  LINK  I found a few days ago.

  • I went out of town for a few days and forgot to put out the trash. When I came back I didn't even notice the fruit flies at first but that night I was drinking a glass of wine and about half way down I noticed about a dozen dead fruit flies in my glass! Ugh!

     

    The wine seemed to work pretty well so I put two cups in the sink, one with a little wine and the other with a little vinegar. I watered them down and added some dish soap. Left these in the sink and a couple days later I only had one fruit fly left alive. 

  • Wine and vinegar in the bowls works a bit.  But they really just have to run their course.  Dont leave anything out, clean the drains and cracks and corners of the kitchen.  They never last long for long but we get them the same time year after year.
  • I know this sounds weird, but I swear it works.

    Take a ziploc baggie (sandwich sized) and put a penny in it, and fill it about 1/3 of the way with water. Nail it or hang it on the walls near your sink, and wherever else you have the problem. I totally thought this was bogus, and then I tried it, and it worked. I didn't have a garbage disposal at my rental so we had a big problem with fruit flies until I did this.

     I know it sounds crazy, but just try it! 

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  • This method worked for me: take a drinking glass and pour a little balsamic vinegar in it, tightly cover the glass with saran wrap and secure it with a rubber band, then poke small holes in the saran wrap with a toothpick and set it on your kitchen counter or where ever you've been seeing the flies. They should be gone in a couple of days. The flies are attracted to the vinegar, so they squeeze into the holes, but then they can't find their way back out.
  • We had this problem a couple of weeks ago. My mom said they can ride in on fruit you buy from a grocery store and if you are not careful they can make a home in your drain (which it sounds like is your problem). She suggested putting vinegar down the drain. We also got rid of our fruit and cleaned out the pantry to make sure we didn't leave anything opened. My mom said they shouldn't care about opened dry food containers but I hate bugs so I got rid of them in case they had landed there. 
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  • I tried the whole vinegar in a cup thing and it didn't really work. What i found worked really well was taking a fly trap paper and brushing the cider on it. It will attract the flies to that and they will stick and eventually die. That is how i got rid of all most all of them.
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  • We had good luck with apple cider vinegar and dish soap.   We stirred the two together, (about three tbsps of vinegar and one to two drops of soap).

    I also second PPs comment about cleaning under appliances and cleaning out the garbage disposal with boiling water and bleach.  When we had our rental we got fruit flies all the time and after really cleaning out the kitchen we had no problems.

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  • They live in damp house plants also. Growing up we had this problem. :(
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  • image doeie04:
    They live in damp house plants also. Growing up we had this problem. :(

    Uggggh, NOT what I wanted to hear.  We've got this problem too, any way to get rid of them for good without getting rid of the plants? 

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