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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Animals always remind me how poor our senses are: I cleaned my kitchen quite thoroughly, packed the fruit and veg in plastic, left no washing up undone --- and after that I find a summit meeting of fruit flies in my blender, they seemed to think it was full of interest even after I cleaned the thing with very hot water. I couldn't see or smell anything!
Randall, I feel the same way and since most things are gasping from the heat I've put them out of their misery - and into compost pile.
My garden is so embarrassing to look at. I'm ashamed of the weeds. Once vegetables begin to spread out, especially the viney ones (sweet potatoes, cukes, squash, etc.), there's just no way to keep it weed free.
This is the time of year when I'm almost ready to "plow it all under", just to clean it up. Sweet corn is almost done, however. I'll soon be able to clean one-sixth of the garden.
Thank you all for the tried & true methods of reducing the number of fruit flies. I've saved your methods to use when my kitchen becomes inundated again.
Chris, I am so glad you found ways to capture the devils. I use an old glass with apple cider vinegar in it and catch enough to turn the juice black. So, the old-fashioned ways of my grandmother work better than these new fangled, expensive ones.
I use a fly strip over my compost pile outside. It gets full in the course of a summer.
Thanks Joan, a beautiful trap, but very expensive! I use one of my own: an old glass with syrup and water and plastic over the top of the glass. Make a very small hole in the plastic and you're ready. I caught hundreds of fruit flies with it. And I hung up fly strips - the kitchen is calming down already!
Blastit! Too many negative reviews on the fruit fly trap. I had a glimmer of hope, dashed by reality check!
This came in this afternoon mail:
Fruit fly traps
This came in the morning email:
Subject: An Attractive Trap for Pesky Fruit Flies
Joan, thanks for the info.
Chris, with all the fruit in my house, plus a "compost" bucket, I get fruit (banana) flies, too. I keep a permanent sticky fly strip hanging, which does a great job catching the little buggers. One has to be alert to prevent eggs from hatching.
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