The Organic Oklahoman

July 12, 2007

Fruit flies…grrrr grrrr

Filed under: Pests — Josh @ 6:32 pm

So this is what I’ve done.

I think my problem is that I’ve reached sort of a ‘critical mass’ of fruit flies in the kitchen and they are multiplying faster than I can get rid of them. I scored a major victory this afternoon, though. I found my compost bucket, even though recently scrubbed and polished, was full of fruit fly maggots again. Nasty. So I up as many of them as I could with plain dish soap–bad for soft bodied insects.

In the past we’ve used these fruit fly traps from Gardener’s Supply and they’ve worked pretty well. But I’m out for a few days. The hole is about an eighth of an inch in diameter so I made my own with a small Ziploc container and an squishy strawberry. I’ve caught about ten or fifteen of the things. I don’t think its enough.

Yesterday I was so desperate that I got out our little stick vac and hunted them throughout the kitchen. I think I got about fifty or so but it was sort of a catch and release project. Whenever I’d turn it off they come pouring out of the end again.

I’ve stopped short of spraying and I’m looking for a deterrent. We’ll see what happens.



  1. We have a swarm of those pesky fruit flies in our kitchen as well. We just can not get rid of them. We have put out a small dish of apple cider vinegar with dish soap in it. It kills a lot of them but we just can not get rid of them. I cleaned my kitchen from top to bottom and resorted to spraying the place. It worked for a few days and now the suckers are back.

    If you find something besides a hard freeze to get rid of the buggers please let me know.

    Comment by Ryan — July 17, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

  2. Good question Ryan and thanks for commenting. I’m going to post up what I’ve done so far.

    Comment by Josh — July 18, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

  3. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Smartness.

    Comment by Smartness — June 19, 2008 @ 2:45 am

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