Fruit flies in clean kitchen and bathroom...how do you get rid of these?

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Posted 6/4/2012 by Luvnlifelady in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 6/4/2012 12:01:43 PM
There is no food sitting out except for some new bananas (they don't seem to be going for that). They are near the sink area that is clean and no dishes or food around.

I also noticed a bunch along the outside of the bathtub last night. There is no trash or anything else they seem to be attracted to, they are just there.

What do you do to get rid of them. I think they are fruit flies...they are brown and little.



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Posted: 6/4/2012 12:03:58 PM
They will lay eggs and hatch in drain pipes. Boil a stock pot of hot water to pour down each drain and follow that with a half cup of bleach.


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Posted: 6/4/2012 12:11:38 PM
Thanks for that tip. I didn't know that! I will definitely try that tip!



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Posted: 6/4/2012 12:45:18 PM
I agree about the bleach down the drain.

To get rid of the existing ones, there are several methods to try. A couple that have worked for me:
Set out a small dish of apple cider vinegar with a couple drops of dishwashing detergent in it. They are attracted to the vinegar but the detergent poisons them. You will find them floating. Toss it out when you have too many to look at, LOL.

Put either vinegar or wine or a piece of ripe fruit in a dish and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Poke a few tiny holes in the wrap with a fork. They will get in but can't figure out how to get out (this only traps them, not kills them).

Put either vinegar or wine or a piece of ripe fruit in a cup/jar and then insert a paper cone with the pointy end down into the jar. They will get in but can't figure out how to get out (this only traps them, not kills them).

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