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Tuzilla  (Level: 137.0 - Posts: 3789)
Mon, 15th Oct '07 8:09 PM


Who knows the culprit, but I have been inundated with fruit flies. While trying to avoid chemical warfare, I have learned a few things.

1. No matter how many you swat, there is always 1 more. If you have one buzzing around, and you successfully swat it, a replacement fruit fly will be issued and on duty within 1 to 2 minutes.

2. Fruit flies are so light that the air moving in front of your hands make them hard to clap your hands together. However, if your hands are wet, the little %$&@*! will stick to the moisture when you clap and your kill to clap ratio will be greatly increased.

3. Fruit flies are shy and not keen on trying new things. If you hang one of the sticky strips of gooey stuff in the area they are most common, they still may not land on it for a l-o-n-g time. However, once a couple of them do land in the goo, the others will quickly come to see what the stuck ones are doing, and will get caught.

Given that info, if you open the strip and swirl it around until you pick a couple out of the air, you can shorten the time needed to get the attention of the general population.

4. Some fruit flies do not die when swatted, they shatter into 2, 3, 4 of more new fruit flies.

5. There are still several things I do not know or understand about they insidious Hell bugs.

Chyenn  (Level: 205.0 - Posts: 1332)
Mon, 15th Oct '07 8:24 PM

as grandpa always said, "kill one and dozens come to the funeral"

Tuzilla  (Level: 137.0 - Posts: 3789)
Mon, 15th Oct '07 8:30 PM

6. I should have been proofreading, instead of chasing the one buzzing around my computer screen.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 16th Oct '07 2:28 AM

I have this theory that only three things work to get rid of fruit flies:-

1.ALWAYS make sure you get rid of the BOTTOM END OF BANANAS
in some secure place - plastic bag, garbage can with tight lid
My theory is....that's how they get into the house.
If you look at the end,there's little black dots (babies/eggs????)

2. keep stoppers in the sinks in the Fall....bathroom and kitchen

3. And - just a little spraying to get rid of the one's already there.

I have successfully got rid of them in two different houses that were infested!!!!

Potter999  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 5)
Tue, 16th Oct '07 3:31 PM

Heard on the radio that the little buggers infest themselves in the drains. Pour
bleach down your drains followed by hot water. If that doesn't work a single blast from a 12 gauge would probably take out a couple dozen or so...

Koota  (Level: 183.8 - Posts: 2111)
Tue, 16th Oct '07 4:10 PM

I smell a quiz in the making, Tuzilla!

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 19th Oct '07 7:35 PM

I just crush/boil a few cloves of Garlic,add water and spray.

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Sun, 21st Oct '07 2:57 PM

HEY! Try putting a sheet of Bounce in your pocket after rubbing it ALL OVER exposed areas... dunno what to suggest if you are a nudie!

Kaufman  (Level: 260.4 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 21st Oct '07 8:17 PM

Steve, you're in luck. Look what popped up in today's paper!

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Mon, 22nd Oct '07 12:28 AM

Beer.... Give them Beer.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Mon, 22nd Oct '07 10:12 AM

I actually have shunned peaches and nectarines for the past probably 4 years since suffering a quite nasty infestation which lasted until WAY WAY after the fresh fruit season was over. I finally went to work and left the windows and doors open during one of the first below-freezing days of the winter in order to finally eradicate them. Peaches and nectarines are my favorite fruits, so it has been very hard to avoid them. Finally, since my daughter now works in a produce section, I gave in and have been buying some. I have to leave them in the fridge, so they don't get that perfectly ripened juiciness. Hardly seems worth it

Tuzilla  (Level: 137.0 - Posts: 3789)
Mon, 22nd Oct '07 10:39 AM

You know, it's kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: fruit flies comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the fruit flies go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 22nd Oct '07 11:52 PM

lol Ken....that article was a RIOT!!!!
US fruit flies must be different from Canadian fruit flies
because I swear....I have de-flied 2 Houses,
One in Toronto, and one on Vancouver ISLAND
and they never came back....

Allena  (Level: 259.3 - Posts: 1395)
Wed, 24th Oct '07 12:15 AM

As an expert on eradication I can confidently say that the sworn enemy of the fruit fly is the lady bug. A few here and there and the infestation is a mere memory. As the Fall dwindles into Winter, the fruit fly population retreats to the cracks in the wall and nests accumulate for the spring uprising, unless you have lady bugs interrupting their safe passage into the cozy nests. Of course, this will mean that come spring, the lady bugs will pop out looking for a space to get to the happy breeding ground they remember from childhood, your shrubs. Leaving a crack in the upper part of the window will allow the escape of the lady bug swarm and soon only a few mosquitos will enter your home. The enemy of the mosquito is the dragon fly ... as on expert on eradication ... nevermind, contact smaug on dragons.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 24th Oct '07 3:50 AM

And by the time you've introduced all the natural enemies
to different species of bugs....the house is uninhabitable,
and you have to move into a tent!!!!

Kaufman  (Level: 260.4 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 24th Oct '07 8:59 AM

You think this is bad, you should see the problem my friend the archer is having with an infestation of time flies.

Salzypat  (Level: 158.2 - Posts: 5353)
Wed, 24th Oct '07 11:28 AM

I wasn't able to open the link to the article (probably my computer system) so maybe this was included in the article. Anyway, my daughter-in-law sent me an e-mail with a bunch of household hints and this was one of the hints:

To get rid of pesky fruit flies , take a small glass fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid , mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

I've had fruit flies but once I got rid of the over-ripe fruit the flies disappeared. I guess I'm lucky that I've not had them to the degree of calling them an "infestation" .. yuk.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 12:12 AM

The article was funny. I know your thread is about fruit flies, but, we had a few other "solutions" we tried on all the flies, right after we returned home from Katrina evac. Place CD's on strings at each doorway. The spinning is supposed to disorient the flies. Also, fill small zip-loc baggies with water, not over full, and string these up in the doorways and let them also disorient (is that a word?) the flies. After sprinkling sugar granules and bits of fruit, etc., on the fly paper to hopefully attract the little buggers, and getting my hair caught in the flypaper, I bought a fly trap at Wal-mart. It was so stinky, I couldn't keep it in the house. So, I put it outside, where I knocked it over, spilled it, and then attracted every fly in the neighborhood. I hate flies, too.


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 3:32 AM
So sorry you had to endure the Katrina disaster.
Those flies must have been tough having lived
through a Huricane, so don't blame yourself....

Tuzilla  (Level: 137.0 - Posts: 3789)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 10:26 AM

After all the hair pulling, gnashing of teeth, and hand clapping and wringing, I discovered that an old school, WWII Army surplus flamethrower is just the ticket. Flamethrower 1,278,563 - Fruit Flies 0. You can email your congrats to me at Tom Bodett left the computer on.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 28th Oct '07 3:34 PM

Uhho....somebody's in the doghouse!!!!
Not allowed to play ball in the house
OR play with your flamethrower....

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Wed, 31st Oct '07 2:15 AM

I just leave one of my Bud bottlels set up,lol.

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