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Old 10-29-2007, 08:32 PM   #1
 
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We moved in this house in August and noticed fruit flies in the master bathroom sink. I think we started seeing them sometime in September. My husband put some bleach down the overflow area of the sink and that helped a little. It's weird that they are only in one of the two sinks. Has anyone had this problem before and how did you get rid of them?
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:49 PM   #2
 
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With bleach...do a few treatments of bleach in the drain and the overflow drain a few days in a row and that should kill them.

ETA: they're probably sewer flies, not fruit flies. Same thing really...annoying little buggers...
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Thanks so much for the info. Looks like we were in the right track but just didn't treat it enough times. I shall go bleach the buggers right now!
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:18 PM   #4
 
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I've also heard that rubbing alcohol kills them. You can put it in a spray bottle to get the strays.
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Take a plastic water bottle (12oz or larger), and cut the top ¼ or so off of it. Pour about an inch or two of apple cider vinegar into the bottle. Put the bottle’s top back on upside down, so that the mouth of the bottle is now on the inside, creating a funnel. Place the bottle near the infestation.

The fruit flies are attracted to the cider vinegar, so they fly into the bottle and drown in the vinegar. Soon, they’re all gone, and all of the people applaud.

It worked for me like a charm.
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Thanks for all the ideas.
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Take a plastic water bottle (12oz or larger), and cut the top ¼ or so off of it. Pour about an inch or two of apple cider vinegar into the bottle. Put the bottle’s top back on upside down, so that the mouth of the bottle is now on the inside, creating a funnel. Place the bottle near the infestation.

The fruit flies are attracted to the cider vinegar, so they fly into the bottle and drown in the vinegar. Soon, they’re all gone, and all of the people applaud.

It worked for me like a charm.
Never heard of the bottle trick! Sounds easier than hanging a paper funnel in a jar that I'd learned. I'll have to try that next time.

Good luck with those pesky buggers!
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:01 PM   #8
 
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Take a plastic water bottle (12oz or larger), and cut the top ¼ or so off of it. Pour about an inch or two of apple cider vinegar into the bottle. Put the bottle’s top back on upside down, so that the mouth of the bottle is now on the inside, creating a funnel. Place the bottle near the infestation.

The fruit flies are attracted to the cider vinegar, so they fly into the bottle and drown in the vinegar. Soon, they’re all gone, and all of the people applaud.

It worked for me like a charm.
thsi is exactly what i did in my kitchen after the Unfortunate Incident of The Lost Bananas. works like a dream!
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Old 10-30-2007, 07:16 PM   #9
 
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What kind of lights do you have in that bathroom?
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:13 PM   #10
 
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Hi Mailgirl,

We have a strip fixture of 8 lights with normal bulbs in them. Do types of lights have anything to do with the flies?
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If you continue to see them you probably have something funky in the bathroom, under the sink maybe.
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We have checked all the logical places-cleaned drains etc. I only saw a couple today so maybe our infestation is over.
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They are sewer flies....
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I have never had this problem anywhere else that we have lived. They seem to be gone, we went the bleach route. Does anybody know why we had them? Just curious and would like to prevent them in the future.
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We're having these at work.....in the offices not the bathroom. The trash is emptied every night. I do have a small cactus, could that be why?
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Sure, you sent them on over to my place, didn't ya?!

My dad left a bucket of guavas in his kitchen downstairs, now there are fruit flies in the house. They are fruit flies, but a couple are hanging out in the bathroom now. I'll be finding a small bottle now.
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My son has two cacti? in his room but he had them at our old house and no problems there. Our bathroom is quite a ways away from his room so I don't think that plants could be related to the problem. It seems like it must be something in the drain but we've cleaned it so well that I'm confused. They seem to be gone so I'm hoping I'm done with the little critters.
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the Unfortunate Incident of The Lost Bananas
Heheh. We had a similar incident of the Forgotten Potatoes. Not sure what those little bugs were, but they were nasty!

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