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How do I Catch fruit flies?
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Wallsal55    Posted 09-28-2004 at 11:42:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Geez, they land on everything, but what will they
stick to? They do not always go for the fly strips.

this works-    Posted 09-28-2004 at 18:40:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
place a cookie sheet under a lamp on the kitchen table. fill it will dish soap. leave the light on all night. you'll be surprised at how many of the flies you will see there when you get up.

skin-so-soft does a good job too. put a 1/4 cup into a saucer. same thing.

make sure your sink trap in sanitized as well.


deadcarp-nuttin 2 it    Posted 09-28-2004 at 16:58:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
wellsal, that's a big order: it'd be best if you lived in a fruit-producing region,(besides tomaters) which you do, so at least that part's set up. you'll need a pair of pantyhose or "teds"
or a goodly coil of pressure bandage - don't get cheap now, this isn't a job for duct tape. you can borrow a cement mixer, the tipping drum kind, a sack of portland and 3 sticks of 1/2" rebar, cut into 5" lengths and stored in a copper container. mix a dustpan full of potash and crushed limestone (cement will do)and set aside. you probably don't have a 48" strip of rawhide, but the nearest holstein has several and won't mind sharing one. i don't have one either, would you mind getting 2? Since rawhide soaks up water "like a sponge" and it's assumed that "in a cool, wet climate with high humidity, newly-made hide might take forever to dry, even if it were covered from the rain" (how would set-but-saturated blocks behave?), I guess I'd be careful about it until more facts are in.But that's just me, chicken-little. Like earthen plasters, like cob, like any home-brew, the key is going to be thorough onsite experimentation. It would be nice to have B1-Bomber money ... it would be more than enough to test rawhide, SB, cob, etc... but i'll finish this when i've had a nap. this has been a test of the emergency broadcasting system. thanks kindly for reading the silly thing. :)

Chas in Me    Posted 09-28-2004 at 15:40:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cock your hips
Make your wrist limp
and ask with a lisp,
"Wanna come home with me?"

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Alias    Posted 09-29-2004 at 07:05:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chas, you got the right approach. LAHO...gfp

George in TX    Posted 09-28-2004 at 15:47:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was sorta' wondering why anyone would want a bunch of fruit flies anyway. Personal collection or something?

Sorry, just kidding but it was hard to resist.

idontno    Posted 09-28-2004 at 14:52:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well....I caught many by putting a jar with vinger(about 1/2 cup) in it,by the infected fruit.Make a funnel out of a notebook paper,now put it down the neck of your jar.Fly will fly in but can't get out..This won't kill them but will capture them.Take it outside to take the funnel out...idontno

Les    Posted 09-28-2004 at 13:01:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been told that time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana.

Len....NY    Posted 09-28-2004 at 11:59:39       [Reply]  [No Email]

Hi Wallsal,Maybe this site can help.

Peanut    Posted 09-28-2004 at 11:54:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you want to catch them, use decaying fruit or veggies. But I don't think that is what you are getting at :)

They hang around because the conditions are right for them: moisture, decaying plants, they like garbage (like soda pop & beer cans too). Fly strips may catch the occassional fly-by that wasn't paying attention but there is nothing on a fly strip they want.

Not trying to offend but the best way to get rid of them is do a BIGTIME cleaning job. Sanitize areas that you think are infested. You are trying to shoo off the adults and kill the larvae. Once you do the big scrub down, pour some bacterial digesting solution down any drains. This will get any larvae in the real moist areas ... bleach will not work !!! Standing water and excessive moisture are breeding grounds for fruit flies.

Wallsal55 -- Tee Hee ....    Posted 09-28-2004 at 12:33:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have brought my D'Anjou pears in from my tree. Some are Green and Hard and need to sit out to ripen. Some fell off and were bruised, so those spots blacken and attract gnats. Some pears are just
bruised I think from being on the tree, so I think
next year some pruning is needed. And some pears
have a little black picnic bug or japanese beetle
at work in them,so the rotten spots appear fast!
I have had to cut out the good parts and throw
away the bad.
The good pears went into refrigerator this a.m.
I just thought they would 'stick' to some jelly
or something and not get away (?). Wishful
Thinking? Back to the kitchen to clean and sort

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