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How to get rid of those pesky little flies?

Asked by SamIAm (8703points) October 24th, 2010

They’re taking over! Not really, there are only a few, and I kill them when I can but is there anything I can do to deter them from coming in in the first place?

(I’m looking for more a product… not a “call the exterminator” or “close your windows/fix your screens” type of solution. I remember hearing about things that plug into outlets and send some sort of signal out, do those still exist/work?)

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BarnacleBill's avatar

Are you talking about fruit flies or drain flies, or bigger house flies?

WestRiverrat's avatar

Try a hedgeapple. It looks like a granny smith apple that has warts. Don’t try to eat them, but stick them in an out of the way corner.

SamIAm's avatar

@BarnacleBill : there’s one fruit fly right now, the other ones are tiny (almost like gnats but i’m not sure if that’s what they are) ... they seem to be a common apartment pest here

BarnacleBill's avatar

Sometimes they come from the drains. Pouring bleach down kitchen and bathroom drains, then flushing with hot water can take of them. Also, check under your refrigerator. There is a drip pan under there, and water can collect, causing the little buggers to breed.

SamIAm's avatar

@BarnacleBill: thanks! I think i’ll call my building manager for the fridge part but i’m going to try to bleach right now.

Jeruba's avatar

If they’re smaller than house flies, and kind of slow and stupid, easy to swat, they’re probably drain flies. @BarnacleBill‘s remedy ought to do it. But you may have to keep it up for a little while until any waiting eggs have gone through their cycle. Here’s the word from someone who sounds like he knows.

YARNLADY's avatar

Spiders eat fruit flies.

dailymuse's avatar

Fruit flies avoid peppermint oil, so I’d suggest soaking a few cotton balls in it and placing them in the area where the problem is. Worked for me in clubs I’ve tended bar in.

SamIAm's avatar

@dailymuse: that’s so funny, i actually have peppermint oil (the only essential oil i own, strange). since there’s only one idk where to put it… maybe in the window sills? what do you think?

amarugia's avatar

Try pouring some apple cider vinegar and a little water in a container, cover it with plastic wrap, secure that with a rubber band, and then poke holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick. The fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar, go in through the holes and be trapped. Sit it on the countertop or close to where they have been seen
Good Luck.

Jeruba's avatar

First figure out which kind of flies you have. Then apply the solution that works for that kind of flies. Drain flies are small, but fruit flies are really tiny.

SamIAm's avatar

@Jeruba: oh!! fruit flies aren’t those big guys?? where have i been!!

anyway, i think the big dude is gone because i haven’t seen him today and the little ones seem to be fewer in quantity. thanks guys :)

jca's avatar

there is also a dusty looking fly that sometimes invades the pantry, all the boxed foods, like flour, cereals all get it. is it that?

SamIAm's avatar

@jca : don’t think so and hope not!

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