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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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December 22, 2010 - 1:33 am

Am I the only one with fruit flies?  I read somewhere to put a saucer of white vinegar out.  I put the saucer near some of my houseplants and the next morning there were a few swimming.  Success?  We'll see...I'll let you know.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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December 23, 2011 - 5:15 am

The vinegar method did work for me, but NOT EFFECTIVE  or QUICK enough. So I GOOGLED homemade sticky traps. I decided to try to make them.  If you look at my Dec. 20 2011 post under  'Lark's Diary', I talked about BLACK FLYING INSECTS that I think are gnats/flies. Well I made the yellow sticky traps. I used yellow contraction paper, glued it to both sides of a piece of cardboard and glued a popcicle stick in between, so I can insert the trap into the dirt. Instead of the stick, you could put a hole in the paper/cardboard and then hang it. Then I coated the paper with a thin layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseoline). They say the gnats are attracted to the color yellow. The gnats land on the YELLOW TRAP and stick to the petroleum jelly. I hope it is effective. It certainly is CHEAPER than sending away to Gardens Alive for their traps. Wink Time will tell.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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December 23, 2011 - 11:05 am

Hey ~ the only time I get fruit flies is when I keep my kitchen-scraps-for- compost bin on the counter too long after spring.  I never get them in winter. 

A lady I work with told me about the vinegar method but she said you MUST add a bit of dish soap to it.  They can fly out of plain vinegar, but the dish soap makes it too sticky for them to get out.  Makes sense I guess.  Worth a shotCool

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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February 4, 2012 - 6:49 am

I noticed gnats in my container of Peppermint. Their must have been some eggs in the soil when I brought it in the house. With the inside heat and my watering must of hatched the eggs. I made up a sprinkling can of dish soap (Dawn) about 1/2 teaspoon to a gallon of water. Watered the plant really soaking the soil and leaves. So far this morning I don't see anymore knats. I blow on the plant and that helps me see any flying gnats in the air. Nope none so far.Smile Peppermint looks fine and it is an organic way of controlling these pests...safe to make tea.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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February 6, 2012 - 4:49 am

Forget the soap method, it didn't work. I gave it two applications and I still saw gnats later in the day. This peppermint is back outside in the cold. This year I will remember to take cuttings and FREEZE ICECUBES of peppermint, for my tea. I hate those little flying BUGGERS.Yell I am hoping that they don't infest my new pots of lettuce, radishes and spinach.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Elise
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February 6, 2012 - 3:30 pm

I had a really bad infestation of fruit flies last summer, stupid bananas.  You want to use Apple Cider Vinegar, not white vinegar - they like the fermentation - you can also use red wine.  Add 3 drops of dish soap so it floats on the surface, don't shake or stir it in.

Also, if you see them landing on your cabinets, take your hair dryer and hold the part that sucks in the air towards them and they get sucked in and vaporize!

These ideas will only work on fruit flies - I have a bad case of whiteflies on my oregano and can't get rid of them!  Any idea?

Elise - Minneapolis, MN - Zone 4

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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February 6, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Elise, I read to mix 1 tablespoon Dawn dish soap with 1 gallon of water. Spray on plant and dirt 2-3 times a week for 2 weeks.

I will try the red wine with dish soap.  I have tried the apple cider vinigar and it didn't work too good, but maybe I stirred the soap into it instead of letting the soap on top. Thank you.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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