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I found the fruit that started the invasion and got rid of it. But now instead of getting better, it is getting worse. They have moved on to the garbage can. It has a tight lid and I am not sure how they are still getting in. The funny thing is, I had an OPEN topped can until about a month ago and never had a problem. What do I do to get rid of these annoying little buggers? I tried the vinegar/water/dish soap mix and they could not be bothered with it. HELP!!!!
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We just got rid of them.

I mixed apple juice and dish soap in a cup, and changed the solution daily- plus I kept the kitchen scrupulously clean! I tried a sugar water and dish soap mix, and it did nothing, but I tried it again with apple juice and it worked great! I imagine it would work with any fruit juice, but apple is what I had on hand.

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are you putting it in a container on the counter to attract them and then they eventually drown? :
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I clean everything and then pour boiling water down both sides of the sink and usually it cuts back on them until I bring something else home from the farmer's market that has them. But apparently if they don't have anything else to breed in when you clean they usually can find something in the drain to mate in so boiling water really helps.
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are you putting it in a container on the counter to attract them and then they eventually drown? :
Yup, when you add dish soap to the juice, they can't fly out and they drown- but there's no "toxic smell" to warn them of the danger. It's also non-toxic if your child accidentally gets ahold of it- the soap has a laxative effect, but that's it.

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I put all parishable items that cant be flushed down the toilet in the fridge in a bag to throw out later. I think mine were drain flies so I put amonia in the drains a couple nights. Now they are gone.

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I use a mason jar with the metal ring. I fit a paper funnel so that it comes to about an inch above the bottom. And there should be no gaps near the metal ring. Then I put about a half an inch of apple cider vinegar in the jar. The fruitflies will fly in and usually get trapped. I will put these in bathrooms, too.

At night, plug all drains and vent holes with Saran Wrap as there is all sorts of yummy fruitfly food in the drains.
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fill up both of your drains with very hot water (boiling is good) soap/amonia/bleach/nothing. let sit for five minute. use tongs or dh to quickly pull out the stopper at the same time.
then quickly dump pne small box of baking soda down each side and pour a lot of vingar down after it.

this should take care of the ones in your drains.

empty garbage and take can outside to be scrubed. let dry well. wash again and let dry well again.

put away any food. wipe down all cupboards, counter tops sinks, udner appliances etc. . . .

run your dishwasher and makke sure all dishes are clean. add two boxes of baking soada and much vinigar to your dishwasher. let it finish fizzing and run with dishwasher detergent a time or two. (we had a huge problem with them breeding in our dishwasher.

clean out your fridge. they could be breeding there and getting out.

this will take care of any breeding grounds.

now if any are still flying around in the air use a vaccum to suck them up. empty vaccuum outside. actually may want to start and finish with this step.

set out traps (we do the funnel thing) just ni case you missed any.

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I use a mason jar with the metal ring. I fit a paper funnel so that it comes to about an inch above the bottom. And there should be no gaps near the metal ring. Then I put about a half an inch of apple cider vinegar in the jar. The fruitflies will fly in and usually get trapped. I will put these in bathrooms, too.

At night, plug all drains and vent holes with Saran Wrap as there is all sorts of yummy fruitfly food in the drains.
We do this funnel thing too and it really works. I used a glass (not a jar) and paid close attention to when one went down the funnel, took it outside and let it go. I hadn't heard of the dishsoap idea but that makes sense too and would work on a big infestation or when you just can't stand around watching fruit flies descend a funnel :LOL

See fruit fly trap and scroll down for a drawing of the funnel trap.

Good luck!!!
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