Didn't get any bugs in the plastic containers. They probably came from some other source. They are still thriving even though all food is sealed up. I would suspect the cats litter box but it is in another room where I haven't seen any flour bugs.
My kitchen also turned into the Amityville horror house for three days when one housefly laid ten million eggs. they hatched over the three day period and all went to the kitchen window where I sprayed them and the curtains. I don't like to use spray because of my cats but had to! There seems to be enough spray on the curtains to kill the flour bugs that land there but still there are more!
many of the pests that we find in flour and pasta, already have eggs in the product. there is nothing that will stop that. that is one of the problems of modern farming. if the farmer does not practice crop rotation, the bugs that eat that plant lay their eggs right where it grows each year. those eggs can not be destroyed, they are part of our food now. that's why if you put flour or pasta in a sealed jar, eventually you see bugs in the jar
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Thanks for the note about the flour beetles. I still don't know what they are eating now that I have put everything in plastic but they sure aren't going away. They may be feeding on a straw carpet in the kitchen. My cats water bowls are on it and there are always some dead beetles floating in the water. Do you think they would eat straw if they can't get flour? I will google them. Thanks!
Hi! ~Just a quick uupdate....the apple cider vinegar and plastic wrap top works like a charm! (Just needed a bit bigger set of holes in the plastic wrap! We're still keeping our fruit etc in the fridge...and it won't be long now before the "season" is over.
Niagchris246 ~ sounds like you've got a few flour beetles. Darn little things love anything made with flour (pasta included). You're doing the right thing by placing your flour and pasta into plastic containers (it needs to be air tight. Sometimes those little things come into our homes via packaging. Swab out your cupboards and you could also place your flour into the freezer if you have space. Good luck!
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I put attractive food garbage in a plastic bag and tie it but leave an opening for the fruit flies to get in. Leave it alone for a couple hours, then sneak up and yank the ties closed as fast as you can! It gets most of them. I keep all fruit and veg in the fridge and keep the kitchen windows closed.
I haven't had fruit flies for the last couple years but I have a new pest, a tiny beetle about the same size as a fruit flie. I have no idea what they are breeding on, they are not attracted to fruit or the garbage, or anything that I can see.
This is actually the second invasion by tiny beetles (a different beetle). The first ones ate through cardboard containers and ate dry goods such as spaghetti. So anything pasta or similar is now in plastic containers.
Okay...so I've got a container with apple cider vinegar and plastic wrap on it...but I don't think the holes are big enough...the fruit flies are everywhere!! I'll try the banana solution next! Thanks!
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I just wrote up a full deal of how to get rid of them, and none of it showed up
Anyway, set a piece of ripish banana in a tallish jar. The fruit flies should be attracted to it, and will gather on it. When this happens, close the bottle and seal it. Pretty soon the flies will be dead, and you can dump them and the banana onto your compost pile, and start all over again if need be. It will probably take a couple of times before they are all gone, but this way is safe. Safe for the people, at least!
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There should be a lid (usually saran wrap with some super small holes for the bugs to fly in, but not out, of) on the apple cider, or they won't be trapped.
Also, look at your garbage disposal policies. We were getting a hole lot of fruit flies until we started keeping banana peels and other food scraps in the freezer. (I empty the small bin into the appropriate outside receptacle whenever it is full.)
Finally, check your houseplants. Sometimes they have disease or decaying leaves which can maintain small insect populations. Depending on the type of plant, you can repot into clean soil, give them a serious shower, or throw out entirely.
I love Summer for Fresh Fruit!!!!! Every summer we also battle the explosion of fruit flies! As per the last few summers I tuck all of my fresh fruit into my fridge to deter the fruit fly population. This year it isn't working!!!! Does anyone have any ideas? A good friend suggested placing a small saucer of apple cider vinegar out ~ well it looks like a feeding station to me (the darn things are multiplying)!
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