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What You Must Know About Fruit Flies....

Updated on August 23, 2017

And How to Not Have Them in Your House

Fruit flies are those tiny little insects that travel in swarms hovering around, well, fruit. You may have seen them in grocery stores. They don't just congregate in less clean stores. I have seen them in Whole Foods and other of the 'better' supermarkets.

Webster's defines them as such:

: any of various small dipteran flies (as a drosophila) whose larvae feed on fruit or decaying vegetable matter.

That pretty much says it. They feed on and lay their eggs in fruit.

They are sometimes called gnats, but are only cousins to gnats, who are equally annoying.

Both are dipteran flies, both are tiny and annoying, but it is the fruit fly that you will find in your kitchen. Yes, your kitchen. If it can happen to Whole Foods it can happen to you.

This lens will give you an education as to what they are and most importantly, how you can get rid of them in a way that won't poison your family.

Oh, and since all we ever see it those bitty little black dots, I have gifted you with a picture. If you get nightmares from it, go to my lens on dreams and you will learn that dreams are always in the service of health and wholeness. Jeremy Taylor on Dreams. And then go get rid of your fruit flies!

The Fruit Fly and Me

Many years ago, I lived in an tenement apartment in northern New Jersey. My refrigerator broke, the landlord bought a new one, but didn't remove the old one. I cleaned out the old one, and shut the door tried to ignore it until the day it would disappear.

Fine. Well, not so fine.

A couple of weeks later (I had a really bad landlord) I noticed a tiny little black things, just a couple, flying around the living room. I swatted them and forgot about it. Until there were more. I couldn't for the life of me figure out where they were coming from, as their population grew.

Then one day, I noticed almost peripherally, that there were a few around the old frig. I opened the door. Well, I am not going to horrify you with what I found in there, but the mystery was solved.

Hint

1. You cannot ever, no matter what you do or use, really clean everything out of an old refrigerator.

2. Closing the door will create an atmosphere that is even more conducive to fruit fly breeding. Better to leave the door open.

Fast Forward 20 Years, Millions of Generations of Fruit Flies

Necesity is the Mother of Lenses

I have purchased one of those fruit and vegetable holders that I have seen in others' kitchens. I like the look and I know it is best for some veggies and fruits to not be refrigerated. It took me a while to find the one I want, but I got it over a year ago.

I loved it, until I saw those little black gnatty things around; and a swarm by the sink. #@#*.

I almost made a huge mistake! I use vinegar in my carpet shampooer so that the elderly dogs can't smell themselves and think the carpet is the place to go. So, naturally, when I went to ruthlessly clean every spot on the counter I was going to use vinegar to make it extra clean. I didn't thank goodness. Later I learned that vinegar is often used in fruit fly traps to attract them! I would have actually increased the population!

After I cleaned they were gone---for a day. Looks like I had more to learn. That is what this lens is about, to teach you what I learned.

Get Rid of Fruit Flies: The First Thing You Do Is Take Everything Apart and Clean Every Surface with Soap and Water

Remove everything from your counter tops. That is where mine were breeding, under my fruit display. (Duh!)

There is no substitute for it. Don't bother doing anything else until you have done that.

Come on, it doesn't take that long and you will feel better.

Oh, and don't forget to put every dishcloth and towel in the washer. Never leave a wet dish cloth laying around. You might even want to wipe the moisture from your sink, at least until the infestation is gone. Remember, as tiny as they are, the eggs are even tinier! Get rid of them!

The Pros and Cons of Fruit Fly Traps

My research has found both pros and cons of fruit fly traps.

Basically the biggest pro is that traps work. They do attack fruit flies and contain them.

Basically the biggest con is that they can become a breeding ground.

I discovered that the reason mine came back the next day is that while removing the feeding source will have the adults dropping like flies, the eggs are tougher. They will last long enough to hatch and fly the next day, making you feel like it is all a hopeless cause. It isn't, you just have to keep going.

Traps can be breeding grounds. To make them more effective, remove the bait each day. Put it in the garbage disposal, if liquid poor it down the sink (with some bleach). Just don't think that you can use the same bait for the whole project.

Fruit flies have a life span of 10 days. That is a long time,

You can buy traps, (if you want you can buy them from me!) but frankly they are so easy to make, I did that. Why don't you just buy fruit fly drawer pulls instead, with the money you save from making your own traps?

1. Get a jar, get a funnel (metal or make one from paper, put your bait in the bottom, the funnel on top and watch them gather for their last party.

2. Get a 2 liter plastic soda bottle, but the top off about 2/3 up. Put in bait, take the top, sans bottle cap and put it upside down in the bottle bottom to create a funnel.

Here is my favorite recipe for bait to use with the traps:

1. In a small bowl, combine about 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar and about 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing liquid.* Mix very gently to avoid creating lots of bubbles.

2. Set bowl in gnat-prone area, and watch them die!!

Videos on Making Fruit Fly Traps

Do Fruit Flies Carry Disease?

Apparently not. In fact, they have been called the foe of disease.

"A pesky, bug-eyed fly that weighs about as much as two grains of salt might provide relief for sufferers of Huntington's disease, the insidious brain disorder that can rob victims of their ability to think, speak and walk."

Who would have thought?

Studying the Fruit Fly

Do Fruit Flies Bite?

My research says, "No."

You may feel it, but that is probably the perfectly normal psychological reaction that is common when one is in contact with or even thinks about swarms of insects.

Amazing Information on the Fruit Fly

These links are all great, with interesting and important information.

I apologize for a current computer bug. Whenever I try to erase the repeats, another one appears. I am working on it, but please don't let it deter you.

Fruit Flies Are Social Animals

Fruit Flies Are Social Animals
Fruit Flies Are Social Animals

What to Do with Fruit Flies?

I mean after you get rid of any breeding ground and trap them. Some people actually advocate taking them out doors and letting them go!

I thought that was nuts, even when I knew that they were basically harmless, if annoying.

However, I found evidence that they are actually friends to humans. No, the ones you trap will not be used for science, but the species is human friendly! I mean you wouldn't shoot annoying neighbors, would you? (No you wouldn't, I don't care what you say!, yes even after he lets Fido pee on your pea garden!)

So should you let your captives go?

Should you kill trapped fruit flies or take them outside and let them go?

Any Purchase Here Will Contribute to Heifer International: The Pay It Forward Entrepreneurial Charity

Can I Ever Have My Fruit Stand Back?

Simply, yes. Lots of people have them, heck I had one for a year with no problem.

I just have to wait until all the eggs are gone so their are no smells to attract their sensitive little whatever they smell with...

And keep an eye on it.

Enjoy!

If you are going to put fruit on display:

Clean it with soap and water. Remember to not leave it out more than a day...two tops.

Remember, the eggs can come home with you from the store and even the best stores can have them!

Or Are They Beautiful?

Or Are They Beautiful?
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I hope this lens has been helpful. Please ad information that you have. Oh, and comments on the lens always welcome. Stars are loved!

What Do You Do to With Pests?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      a great way to quickly get rid of them is to take out your vacuum hose and suck them up....very efficient!

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      I'm glad you looked at both sides of things here. People are very quick to kill without thinking.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I do very little with pests. Spiders are useful, they catch most flies and those little flies don't bother me, when I see them I know it's time to clean out the kitchen.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been plagued with these horrid little flies for months, nothing I do gets rid of them, not vinegar, not anything in a trap, not a Venus flytrap plant, they buzz around when I am preparing a meal, when I am eating and when I am doing dishes. I bought some old fashioned flypaper and hung it near my sink and caught a ton of them the first day. Next day, new flypaper...nothing. They are the bane of my existence. I am at my wits end. I've never had fruit flies before, ever.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I have a tendency to smack annoying little insects. If they are larger than I hand the job over to my husband. He's my hero when it comes to protecting me from spiders and annoying house flies.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      :)P

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      nice info thanks for sharing!

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      Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

      Try to remove them without killing them. Too many years of living with Jains who wear a mask all the time so they do not kill insects

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      infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

      Thank you the situation will be resolved I've made my trap and I'm heading out for the day.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      I really enjoyed this lens. Takes me back to my winemaking days, where these pesky little things were attracted to the carbon dioxide of the fermenting wine. If they ever got past the airlock, you could end up with vinegar!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting lens!

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      DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

      Ugh...I hate fruit flies! Like your lens, on the other hand!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with a bit of angel dust...it just may help control those pesky fruit flies!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with a bit of angel dust...it just may help control those pesky fruit flies!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      The mention of fruit fly immediately brings to mind my biology lessons of long ago about they being the preferred organism for researches in genetics and developmental biology. Learnt more about their way of life in this interesting lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great lens! I liked it and your poll questions! If you like browsing as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Winter52 LM 6 years ago

      I learned a ton about these little guys and I'm one of those who trapped them every day and then turned them loose lol!

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      squidoolover76 6 years ago

      A very wonderful lens about fruit flies,thanks

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      Adinantiquejewe 6 years ago

      Very informative and well written lens. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

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      RhondaSueDavis 6 years ago

      We get these in the warmer months from the bananas we bring home. Very helpful lens, I find bugs fascinating, but don't like to share the kitchen with them. Many illnesses can be caused by flies getting onto food and water sitting out. May I feature your lens on my home environomics and home ergonomics lenses? This would add well to them.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Can't stand the little B%&*ards, but they are interesting creatures. I know they are used to feed poison dart frogs in captivity. Nice lens.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Very well done . . good to see a purple star on this one. (I admit, when a fruit fly gets in my wine, I pour it down the sink).

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Love "Fruit Flies Are Social Animals." You have put a lot of research into this lens and I "liked" it.

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      I've never found fruitflies to be much of a bother, to be honest. On the rare occasion I get some, it's always because I've left fruit or veg on the counter a little too long, but removing the offending no-longer-edible item and wiping the counter down has always been sufficient to remove them from my kitchen.

      I once had the opportunity to contribute some back yard fallen rotting apples to a researcher who drove from the University of California at Davis all the way up to Crescent City, CA. I worked at the Cooperative Extension there and the researcher needed some fruit flies from that area. I don't know what the research was, but he was kind enough to teach me a lot about fruit flies and how they are so beneficial for researchers because of their short life cycle.

      I enjoyed this lens a lot, by the way. Nice job!

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Useful page. I can see why it is so popular. Next time I discover I've brought some of the buggers home, you can bet I'll be back for your cleaning recipes, though I've never had to resort to killing them in the past, luckily.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very Informative lens, great job! I hate those pesky fruit flies...

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      jessicahoward 6 years ago

      nice lens..........

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      My husband has these at has job everyone leaving stuff in there desks I swear he brings them home with him not they until he gets home lol great lens

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I have lots of fruits, they often come but they just stay around the fruits. When the fruits are gone, they are gone as well. They can be annoying when there are lots of them. Thanks for the vinegar tip.

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      whirlwind 6 years ago

      Hello Margo_Arrowsmith. I like your lens "What You Must Know About Fruit Flies..." Very informative; Thank you especially for sharing the information about vinegar attracting the flies.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      Interesting. I'm glad you called attention to their role in scientific research in genetics.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Very helpful and so good to know, thanks for making this lens and sharing this information. I usually get the little pests when we overdo it on fruit buying.

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      We always had a lot of flies in here :( Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a very interesting lens! Informative, too. I'm not visited by fruit flies unless I happen to have overly ripe bananas on the counter, so they're not a huge problem. For larger pests--mice, for example, I just have to really hope they don't find their way in, since I can't. bear to kill them. I've used live traps, but then what? Luckily, with two dogs and a cat in residence, none have ventured into the house I moved into two years ago-- and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens. Fruit flies are so annoying. Thanks for the info.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Just stopping by again to bless this lens. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Chemicals are NOT the answer, IMO.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      If something is becoming a real pest, it MAY be because we are providing too good a habitat for it. We need to study each 'pest' to learn how not to encourage it.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      I love fresh fruit. In the summer, I breed fruit flies, but not intentionally. Thanks for the tips!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Enjoyable and informative! I've created my own traps with those soft plastic bags in the fresh foods and meat sections of the grocery store. I put bait in side and then put twists in the bag so they would find their way in but not out. You are right about creating a breeding ground. I like your vinegar and dish soap idea. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Pests and insects are part and parcels of life, how nice this world would be without them.

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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures, really

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I enjoyed this lens, packed full of interesting and helpful information!

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      This is a very helpful lens. I used a jar of apple cider vinegar and would shut the lid on them when I'd come by. This would help to get them into the liquid. Something about it they like. You have great ideas here and so much great information. :)

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Wonderful information, as I'm sometimes bothered by these pesky little critters when I have fruit out of the refrigerator.

      Blessed and featured in the Best Insect Webpages on Squidoo.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Never seen such flies but pests in general are a real problem when one lives in the countryside... What do I do? Well, I try to keep the house as clean as possible and all windows have a mosquito net; that's all I can do, particularly sinceI don't wish to poison myself and my family with chemicals, lol.

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      I learn something new every day. I didn't know that fruit flies are a foe of disease. Thanks you for sharing this.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If I ever have fruit flies, I'm coming here for help! A very informative and interestng lens, nicely done.

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      dannystaple 6 years ago

      I've not really had a problem with fruit flies, but I battled with other pests when I had an infestation around indoor grown tomatoes, and I know how tough the little monsters can be. Just when you think you've got rid of a generation and cool off, the next one can come - unless you keep with the pest control for a full 10 days, or (as I did), introduce something that kills the eggs. Anyway - I am going to add this on my Organic Food Plant Pest and Parasite Control lens.

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      wilddove6 6 years ago

      What fun! And I learned something too!

      That's always a bonus!

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      Fox Music 6 years ago

      Great Lens

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      EliminateFruitFlies 6 years ago

      Great lens, very thorough research :) it's true that you can't use the same trap to catch fruit flies all week or they'll just keep breeding. I made that mistake once *lol*

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      I've always been curious about these little guys.....we seem to get lots of them, once a year. Great lens! :)

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      insolvelipe 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this Squidoo Lens very much, the photos help support the content of the lens.

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      pests can be handled in humane and effective ways by doing research. Your research here is most helpful! angel blessings!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Thanks for visiting my new lenses. It has been a while since I made new ones and now I am on a roll. This is an excellent lens. I hope I never have a problem with fruit flies!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      Over the years, I've occasionally found a fruit fly...maybe two or three...hovering over the fruit bowl. Aside from polishing off the fruit and putting anything that remained down the disposal, I can't recall anything special that I did to get rid of them, except perhaps whacking them with the palms of my hands. They didn't seem to hang around after the object of their attraction disappeared. Thumbs up on this interesting lens.

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      Teri Villars 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This will be useful info coming up!! I have a friend who was in pest control and he obtained a contract after another was fired because he couldn't get rid of these things in a medical building. Turns out, they just cycle and my friend was hired at the end of the cycle and they started dying out. He got a huge contract from this and this goes to show you that all pests are not bad! ha!

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      I found when I started juicing (veggies and fruits) they came out of nowhere. I had read to use a vinegar solution would take care of the flying one. It did over several days. Of course a general clean up was needed too. I find that garbage disposal are a good breeding ground also. So be sure to clean that too.

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      hotbrain 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      This is an excellent lens on a common problem! Angel blessed :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Gives me a chill just thinking about this little guys. They can really get annoying toward the end of the summer. Very ingeniously displayed :)

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      Asinka Fields 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      You write so well :). I had no idea about dealing with fruit flies except for killing them with a fly swatter. But now I have so many ideas from you.

      Thanks for visiting my lens, liking it and leaving a note. Really appreciate it, joined your fan club :).

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      vinegar, dishwash liquid and some sweet juice - they drown

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Admire them, for the most part. I don't like house flies- but spiders are good for keeping those under control too. We don't have any poisonous spiders in the area so they make handy helpers with the peskier fellows.

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      sousababy 7 years ago

      Oh, I don't really like any insects in the house. Thanks for all the helpful tips...I'll try to do a better job at prevention.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      I'm not really fond of them in the garden either! Thanks for the tips.

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      John Norman Stewart 7 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      We had an infestation about a year ago and the culprit was a partially eaten nectarine that was in a zip lock bag that wasn't sealed all the way. Great lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This was a very informative lens, I learned a lot here, especially the part where I am actually creating a breeding ground with my homemade remedies to eliminate them, geesh!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I try to catch pests and then let them go whenever possible. Some flypaper sometimes helps me too. I have learned a lot about fruit flies here! Thanks.

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      Eliza Rayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      We use fruit flies in my biology class, first at the start of the year for a scientific method investigation and then for genetics. They are super easy to breed and interesting to look at under the dissecting scope. its not too much fun when they escape and fly around the classroom though! They are not much of a problem here, generally, I think the colder winters and lack of humidity keeps their numbers way down, we never have them in the kitchen or anything at home. Thanks for the great lens.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i was recently searching info about how fruit flies appear in you home in the first place. great lens.

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      Jack 7 years ago

      Very interesting and informative. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Penny Pincher G 7 years ago

      opps just realized the comment I wrote above was meant to go here. so sorry about that

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      Violin-Student 7 years ago

      I never thought I'd see a lens about fruit flies. Very informative. Thanks for the information!

      -Art Haule

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      Now if you could only do a lens like this on weevils... good job!

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      CelebStyle LM 7 years ago

      informative!

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      Johann The Dog 7 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Very interesting!!! So glad to know they don't carry disease!

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      editionh 7 years ago

      Wow, that is clear text on fruit flies..great content!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I haven't ever had an infestation that didn't disappear when I removed the offending fruit. But I also allow a few Daddy-longlegs spiders to live near my kitchen ceilings over places that attract small flies. The ones I have the most trouble with are those attracted to light that swarm in if we come in a door at night.

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      Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Your experience with the fruit flies made me shudder. I had a bad experience with maggots when my fridge was shut down for a week so I can imagine how gross it was, ugh!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      So much information! Thank you.

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      rachsue lm 7 years ago

      WOw, I had no idea. What an interesting lens. We all have had our issues with fruit flies and I never did understand where they came from or why they even came out to play. Thank you for all the information!! Great Lens

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for this great information. When I worked at Kroger in the Deli/Bakery we had an awful problem with fruit flies getting in the danish case. I guess they liked the fruit filled danish. We used vinigar in a bowl, but not a trap, which probably made matters worse. I like the trap idea.

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      Lots of info. Thanks!

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      myneverboredhands 7 years ago

      Very interesting info you've collected here in your lens, thanks. Thumbs up.

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      I have one of these pesky little critters in my kitchen now...and I can't seem to catch him...I HATE fruit flies...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh those fruit flies can be such pests. I hate it when they fly up my nose. Would love to kill them all, but I know they have their purpose too. Good info!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Did not realise that this is a LOTD. Congrats and it is now also featured on Lenses That Shine.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      This is a great informative lens. Thank you. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Save Planet Earth

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for all that helpful info.

      It was very interesting to learn about fruit flies.!!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens thanks for the help

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Very interesting lens. I don't think we have such a problem with Fruit Flies here in the U.K. (probably different varieties live here)

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      MartinPrestovic 7 years ago

      Very informative lens! I don't like flies or anything small and annoying flying around my kitchen and bothering me when I am cooking. I am a bit of an OC when it comes to cleanliness inside the house so thank God, no place for flies to breed.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I can just visualize your opening that refrigerator door. Yuk. We usually just sit out a glass of water with vinegar and they are drawn to it but your funnel directions sure sound interesting. Great lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Excellent lens; blessed! We have had fruit flies occasionally when fruit has been overripe. Fortunately, we've never had any problem getting rid of them.

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      unsinkablewoman 9 years ago

      Very Good Information, 5*

      I Don't Buy A Lot of Fruit But When I Do It's In The Fridge We Like It Cold So Not Much Of A Problem, Also Only Buy Small Amounts So It Will Be Eaten In Short Amount Time

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      OldGrampa 9 years ago

      Nice lens, we are having some trouble here with those annoying fruit flies. Theres a drosophila in my soup!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Margo -- I believe that you are RIGHT that they spontaneously come to life from nothing! We've got a few in our kitchen since hubby was away and left his bananas to ripen. ;)