In the summer my family is huge on fresh fruits and veggies. But as with all good things, and end must come. You get tired of all the fruit and then come....THE FRUIT FLIES! We got them worse than I have ever had them in my life. They were over the sink, in the bathroom, over the counters and in the trashcan.
Of course, in today's day and age, I went online and Googled "How do you get rid of fruit flies". I never knew there were so many ways you could do this. First I read about apple cider vinegar and a drop of dishwashing detergent. I caught one or two and the others laughed at me. So back to Google I go!
Pour bleach into your drains, this will kill whatever is in there and voila - no more fruit flies. They laughed at me again and kept on annoying me.
Being a college educated woman I figured I was smart enough to trick these little critters into dying...no problem right? **rolls eyes** Fly tape! That's my answer, but the problem, no fly tape in the house. Let's try scotch tape on the ceiling and watch the little suckers stick and wiggle. Ten minutes pass and I've caught 5! Whoo hoo, I have the answer. I turn around and talk to my fiance, look back, and they are all GONE! How did the little critters escape? **face palm**
Google again, and come up with something that I never would have thought of in a million years. Incense. So I lit up. I love the smell anyway and if it would get rid of those little pests, BONUS! Believe it or not, their little lungs couldn't handle it and died all around me. Victory is mine!
I started doing the Snoopy dance and plan on keeping it up!
So, when the little critters try to annoy the heck out of you light up my friend, light up!
I'm going to go buy some incense TODAY. I've been having this problem all summer and like you I tried the bleach, the vinger and dish detergent and it didn't help at all. Thanks for sharing.
My cousin swears by the vinegar and soap method. She cuts the very top off of a two liter bottle and inverts it and pours the solution inside. I'll have to tell her about incense. She deals with fruit flies every summer
You can also put out a glass of juice and they are attracted to it and I guess drown...Bye Bye Buggers!
Rhank you, I have these little bothers all over my house. And we never had any fruit out! Looks like I will be lighting my candles all over the house for the next couple of days.
I too have had them nasty lil critters. But, I put out the vinegar & soap in dishes in about every room in the house. We got rid of tons of them that way! But WE HATED THE SMELL! To be honest we tried the vinegar, bleach & fly tape all at once & still had a bunch flying around! So the incense sounds & will smell wonderful!
I'm having issues with mine as well! I have heard of vinegar but didnt think it was that a great of a work to attract them all. Hmm! Incense, well might as well go ahead with that because I was going to BOMB my house! Now thanks for the idea!
I put some red wine in a water bottle by my sink area where they seemed to be. It works great! They go for the sweet stuff and the fermenting wine puts off CO2 and kills them!
I've been battling this suckers too! I too have tried the bleach down the drain and the dish soap with apple cider vinegar. They too have laughed at me! Can't wait to try your suggestion and hope that they vanish!
Wish I had a vacuum - but we have all hard wood floors. :) That's a great idea and I had read about that too. ~Tami
I had a fruit fly infestation one day this past summer. I sucked them up with the vacuum cleaner. Never saw them again!
Oh, they are evil little buggers and I'm glad they are gone. Shocked I don't have more since I have 2 bags of apples in the kitchen waiting to be turned into apple juice/sauce/jelly!
I thought the candle encouraged them to go to it and they burnt up. Whatever happens it works wonderfully and the lil buggers are GONE !
Haha Love it no wonder when i lit a candle yesterday they all disapeared!
Wow, thanks for your post! I am currently dealing with the same problem and was scratching my head over the same information!