Fruit flies

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HOGEPH

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5,241 posts

134 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Have an infestation in a kitchen. Tried fruit fly traps, vinegar in jars, hoovering up the buggers, but they still reappear.

Everything in the kitchen is in a sealed container. And the kitchen has been wiped down top to bottom.

Can't work out where they are coming from. Everytime I open one of the cupboards, a new wave appears. Maybe I'll need to take the units down to see what's behind them?

Any advice appreciated.

ramblo93

104 posts

44 months

Tuesday 19th November
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We've been getting loads around our little compost bin (a metal bowl with a n old saucepan lid on top) we keep on the worktop near the bin over the last month or so.

I made a fruit fly trap out of a jam jar with a few 4mm sized holes punched in the top. Baited it with a few bits of old fruit from said compost bin (banana, apply, grapes) and an inch of old fizzy drink fromthe fridge left over from a party.

The trap seems to attract them over the compost bin so the problem has gone away.

If all you food is sealed then maybe you have an infestation somewhere cause by a rogue banana or similar?

Dont like rolls

561 posts

2 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Any plants in the room ?

I have found supermarket herb pots are often infested with a type of tiny fly. A mild soap mix sprayed on for a couple of days gets rid.

eldar

13,063 posts

144 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Sure they are fruit flies?

DodgeRam Van Man

62 posts

124 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana

HOGEPH

Original Poster:

5,241 posts

134 months

Tuesday 19th November
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eldar said:
Sure they are fruit flies?
Very small, black, lots of them.

FourWheelDrift

78,628 posts

232 months

Tuesday 19th November
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DodgeRam Van Man said:
Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana
I've seen a horse fly, I've seen a dragon fly, I've even seen a house fly.

eldar

13,063 posts

144 months

Tuesday 19th November
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HOGEPH said:
Very small, black, lots of them.
Small bowl with a little vinegar, sugar and washing up liquid should attract and drown them. Otherwise, fly spray.

Oakey

24,531 posts

164 months

Tuesday 19th November
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We have these but only ever see one at a time. You kill it and before long another has taken its place.

I read somewhere that some of these sort of flies like to live in the sludge that accumulates in the over spill of sinks

bristolbaron

1,525 posts

160 months

Tuesday 19th November
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We had hundreds in the summer, I could squash ten against the window and 5 minutes later there’d be another 10.
We put a cider vinegar/washing up liquid mix in dishes by each window and would get around 50 per day, but there was still constantly more. Our kitchen was like an operating theatre but no amount of cleaning made a difference.
The weather seems to have helped, I’ve only seen one or two a week more recently. Plug holes are apparently the main breeding ground and worth keeping on top of.

James-k8r82

38 posts

3 months

Tuesday 19th November
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I think they can live in the topsoil of houseplants too

Etretat

1,208 posts

170 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Can you take the kickboards off and have a look underneath, especially where the sink/washing machine/ dishwasher drain away?
It could be that you have a leak there and that they are not fruit flies but are filter flies

V40TC

1,176 posts

132 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Previously a bunch of long forgotten bananas in a cupboard were finally located
= no more fruit flies

Turn7

16,511 posts

169 months

Tuesday 19th November
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FourWheelDrift said:
DodgeRam Van Man said:
Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana
I've seen a horse fly, I've seen a dragon fly, I've even seen a house fly.
But I aint never seen a Elephant fly......

Dont like rolls

561 posts

2 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Turn7 said:
But I aint never seen a Elephant fly......
That is because they hide in cherry trees when they see you.