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9/28/11 5:26 P

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You could also try keeping the fruit in the door of your fridge, which is less cold, and your husband could get out his piece of fruit 10 minutes before he eats it and finally, he can suck it up!!! Geez, men can be babies.

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9/26/11 12:43 A

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I always have this problem this time of year! Just put out a small bowl with apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap. The soap breaks the surface tension on the vinegar, so when the fly lands to drink it sinks and cannot get out. It really seems mean, but it does work.


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9/13/11 12:18 P

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I have found at least in our situation changing the stores where we buy our produce is a big key. We were going to a chain supermarket and the produce there was always spoiling early or we'd bring home a whole family of fruitflies. Now that we buy our produce from a natural foods store and only buy enough for a day or two at a time the problem has cleared itself up. I would suggest being diligent about going through your fruit daily and toss the overripe into a compost heap or in the outside garbage. Don't leave it in the inside trash because the flies love that environment so you will have another generation.

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9/13/11 11:38 A

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I've had success by pouring vinegar down the drains...they can live and breed down there. Spray vinegar in your indoor garbage cans before putting in the liners.
a squirt of dishsoap in water in glasses covered with saran wrap w/tiny holes punched in...secure saran wrap with rubber band.
orrrrrrr,
you get a frog or two or three. They love to eat fruit flies.

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9/12/11 8:18 P

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One time we had the fruit flies and my son looked around on you tube for an answer. It really does work! Good for you.

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9/12/11 6:57 P

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After reading this thread, I tried the banana's in the cup with plastic wrap. OMG! Within a day 95% of the flies are gone! I'm hoping complete success by tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas!!!!!

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9/2/11 11:59 A

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Yup, sure does sound like you have an infestation! You'll need to keep all your fruit hidden away while you get rid of the flies, but as people are saying, usually fruit bowls are fine as long as:

1) Wash and dry the bowl whenever you refill it, to make sure there is no guck hiding at the bottom.
2) Don't wash the fruit until you are ready to eat it. (This will help with #3)
3) Make sure there is no spoiled or spoiling fruit out.
4) Don't leave fruit remnants (peels, cores, etc.) out. (Depending on how good your garbage / compost lid is, you may need to keep a dish in your freezer)

Further, as was mentioned, you may need to wash the outside of bananas, since fruit flies often lay eggs in the peel before they are imported!

Good luck!

PS - while you are getting the infestation cleared out (your hubby might like to keep some thick peeled things like some (naval?) oranges & watermelons (not canteloupe or honeydew) at room temperature.

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9/1/11 8:37 P

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Get several small plastic cups. Place a small piece of banana inside each. Cover tightly with saran wrap and hold it there with a rubberband. Place small holes in the plastic wrap with a knife or pointy object. Scatter around your problem areas - replace as needed. The fruitflys will get in and not get out.

You may want to try washing the outside of bananas.... before you leave them on the counter. It may help. I have only ever had the problem with bananas.

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9/1/11 8:12 P

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I've never really had much trouble unless I have some bananas sitting out too long. Once I get rid of the overripe bananas they disappear. However, it sounds like you have a major infestation. if you Google "getting rid of fruit flies" you will find a bunch of suggestions for getting rid of them.

Perhaps in the future your dh could pull one or two pieces of fruit out of the fridge each morning so they can come to room temp before he eats them instead of leaving everything on the counter all day.



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9/1/11 8:07 P

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I would try keeping them refrigerated, there are many recipes of grilling stone fruits, and also keep on hand canned fruit that is in juice with no frutose or corn syrup. I also take out my lemons for an hour or two before I want to eating the fruit. If you can incorporate them into your meals using various recipes in Spark, Food Network or the Cooking Channel.

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9/1/11 7:50 P

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We have just started eating whole foods lately. We are truely enjoying the delicious variety of foods that come from the earth BUT we have discovered a BIG problem. FRUITFLYS!!!!!!!!
My DH does not like cold fruit so we keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the table. Now I have a large colony of fruitflys in my apartment. They are everywhere. Even while I am on the computer , I am shooing them out of my face. What to do. HELP!!!!

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