I HATE fruit flies!!!

Anyone else being annoyed by them these days? I guess I gotta move my counter-top composter outdoors for awhile.....

Are there any good tips for getting rid of these pesky things?
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You have to remove the "source" to get rid of fruit flies. Is the composter a permanent thing? Or do you use it just to collect kitchen wastes before taking them outside to the real compost pile. I have a scrap bucket on my kitchen counter. I collect eggshells and vegetation wasts for a few days/weeks, and sometimes it gets "buggy", but then I take it outside to the compost pile and clean out the bucket and the flies die-off and disappear.
I hate them too! We had them in the house up until a few days ago.

What we've in the past(and it worked pretty well), was putting vinegar in cups and covering them with saran wrap(putting a hole on top so they can get in) and leaving them throughout the house. For some reason, they're attracted to it.

I was told to use apple cider vinegar, but I got more results using regular vinegar. You can try both to see which works better for you.
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There is a recipe with apple cider vinegar somewhere. I used it in the past and it worked.
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Thanks for the suggestions!

We have a kitchen counter compost bucket w/filtered lid that we use year round - we empty it into another pail outside every couple of days and then empty that pail into our compost bin when it gets full.

I think what happened is that the last of my hubby's tomatoes turned rotten and that bred the fruit flies. I just went through everything - composted the bad tomatoes, emptied and washed the kitchen counter pail, tossed the bouquet of flowers that were fading anyway...

If those pesky things don't go away now that their food source is gone, I'll try the vinegar trick.
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Thanks for the suggestions!

We have a kitchen counter compost bucket w/filtered lid that we use year round - we empty it into another pail outside every couple of days and then empty that pail into our compost bin when it gets full.

I think what happened is that the last of my hubby's tomatoes turned rotten and that bred the fruit flies. I just went through everything - composted the bad tomatoes, emptied and washed the kitchen counter pail, tossed the bouquet of flowers that were fading anyway...

If those pesky things don't go away now that their food source is gone, I'll try the vinegar trick.
Originally Posted by 2poodles

They should be gone soon. Fruit flies have a very short life cycle. Once the food source is gone, they die off in a day or two.
That's funny that you posted this. My DH was just complaining about the fruit flies we've had flying around for the past couple of days. I had a couple of very ripe bananas sitting on the counter.
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Ja, fruit flies suck. They breed in moist areas. So check your sink, your trash can, open drinks, leftover food, etc. I tried the vinegar thing but it didn't work. Get a bug fogger thing and kill them all in one swoop.
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Pour apple cider vinegar in a bowl and mix in some liquid dish soap. The vinegar attracts the flies and the soap kills them. I just did this recently and it worked for me. Of course, it stinks really bad and you end up with a bowl full of flies...
Anyone else being annoyed by them these days? I guess I gotta move my counter-top composter outdoors for awhile.....

Are there any good tips for getting rid of these pesky things?
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my thoughts exactly! my countertop compost pot is being invaded. they're everywhere. I'll try the acv and dishsoap
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Instead of vinegar, I have used a bit of wine in the bottom of a long-neck bottle. Worked fairly well. But really, as RCW said, just removing the food source will take care of it in a day or two.

Those old-fashioned sticky fly catchers work, too, but are downright ugly.
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