Banish Fruit Flies

Q: Some fruit flies have taken up residence at my house. I don’t want them to be fruitful and multiply. Does anyone have any good (preferably inexpensive) methods of getting rid of them before they become a real problem? Thanks, MG

A: Ivan says – There is an easy an inexpensive solution: in a small bowl pour about 1/8 cup red wine, add in a couple of drops of dish detergent and place this near where the fruit flies are congregating. The soap breaks the surface tension of the liquid so when the fruit flies are attracted to the smell of the wine they can’t coast on its surface and when they alight to drink, they fall right in.

Of course, you have to discard whatever rotten fruit or veggie called them into your kitchen in the first place, otherwise they’ll never go away. In my family’s kitchen when we can’t visually spot the source of a fruit fly gathering we start looking in cabinets for rotten potatoes or onions. Good luck!

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  1. In my house I got what looked like fruit flies apparently with some veggies a friend gave me.  But these flies are a little different from te usual.  They are black, have black eyes and are 50% to 100% larger than the brownish-red flies I usually see.  I see them all over still.  I suppose the weather hasn’t been cold enough to stop them. I think they bite too.   I tried fly paper, but for some reason it was slow to work and I still have survivors.  Thanks for the tip will try it

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