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Saturday, July 19, 2014

This was taken by son#2, the Air Canada Pilot----
As you can see, it was a beautiful day!
OK--I have a problem here!
We have an infestation of-------FRUIT FLIES---all over ------
We have removed anything that resembles fruit-----
We have traps set--vinegar with sugar in it----
It catches a few------but---------There are still clouds of them zooming all over!
What do I do???---Lord Love A Duck!
I need help!
Tis Saturday-----and beautiful out here!--This morning I saw a beaver swim by----then--a mother duck with 5 little ones-----So, in spite of all the bad news on CNN, the world is pretty much still the same around here!--'cept----for the swarming of the lowly fruit fly----in my abode!-HELP!
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  • DALID414
    Awe, don't they die naturally in a few days anyways?
    1971 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon photo of an emoticon place.

    No wisdom on battling the fruit flies.
    1971 days ago
    P.S. Enjoyed that photo --- you are blessed to live in such a lovely place!
    1971 days ago
    We have had concerns with fruit flies twice --- interesting enough not connected with any of the fruit in our home. They arrived shortly after I purchased plants at two different grocery stores. They had not been visible on the plants in the store --- however, after several days in our huge built-in planter, between the front entrance way & the living room, we noticed first a few flies & then an ever increasing number of them as days went on.

    I tried all sorts of ways to get rid of them. One thing that helped was to buy soup size yellow plastic bowls & fill them with water --- placing them in the planter. The theory is that the fruit flies are attracted to the yellow of the plastic & end up drowning in the water. That did work to a degree; however, by the time I learned of that idea, the fruit flies were in mass numbers --- interestingly enough, they stayed right around the planter & did not invade the rest of our home.

    As a last straw measure, we ended up taking all the plants outdoors & re-potting them --- after washing their roots & the pots completely clean of any soil. That did the trick both times --- and you can bet I have never purchased plants from a grocery store again. emoticon

    We feel certain that the fruit flies made their way from the veggie & fruit section of the stores (right next to the flowers & plants) & planted their eggs in the soil of the plants that I eventually purchased.

    I wish you success in ridding your home of those pests, Lynda!

    God bless!

    1971 days ago
    The only suggestions I can offer, besides the ones offered is I keep my fruit in the fridge @ all times. I keep any other food in containers.

    Good luck! LOVE the pictures. BEAUTIFUL!!

    1971 days ago
    "Stronger than the fruit flies"????? Of course we are, but maybe not stronger than the total exasperation of dealing with the darn things!! About which I have no wisdom at all, sadly! Other than Buddha style patience since they are incorrigible and Will. Not. Be. Vanquished. (Until they are good and ready.)
    1971 days ago
  • no profile photo FERRNIE
    I like to use fly tape that you hang up.

    You might have drain fly's.

    I had them a few years back. I boiled water and poured it down every drain I have. I also poured some bleach down the drains before going to bed.

    I thought they were fruit flies too, when I had them.

    Hope this helps. emoticon
    1971 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    Beautiful pic of the lake! Last summer we had an infestation of fruit flies as did our entire neighbourhood and it was a constant battle. Put out different kinds of traps (which did catch a lot, but not all) in the kitchen area where they were most prevalent although they were throughout the house, installed those disgusting sticky flycatcher strips in the kitchen (caught lots, but not all) and had to resort to spray the entire house several times with bug spray (we did this when we were going away to the cottage so we wouldn't come back into the house for at least three or more days) and still some persisted. They seemed to finally disappear when we were well into the colder months. It was a constant battle. This year, thank goodness, we've only seen a few. Good Luck!!!
    1971 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I wish I had an answer for you, but no idea....hope someone else can advise you!

    Have a wonderful weekend...in spite!

    1971 days ago

    good luck!
    1971 days ago
  • RDEE22
    Hope for a strong wind to blow them away. We have them here as well but not in swarms, they are so sprayed and controlled, which must be very good for our health....NO!!
    Your lake looks delightful, enjoy your day.
    1971 days ago
    Oh, dear - wish I had some words of wisdom for your fruit fly issue........hang in there - this, too, shall pass!
    1971 days ago
  • ROX525
    Love that "Lord Love a Duck" LOL... Only time I have had fruit flies is due to fruit. Don't know if one of those things that hang that trap flies will help. Worth a try. Have a blessed weekend.

    1971 days ago
    Stay strong, Lynda! It's the weekend! emoticon

    You are stronger than the fruit flies!
    1971 days ago
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