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How do you get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen??

Drain cleaner with lye works even better.

Sep 24, 2013
ladygeek in Not About Food

How do you get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen??

The best non-chemical way to rid them from your living space is to fill about an inch of cider Cider vinegar or wine vinegar (some people use balsamic too but I don't think it works as well as cider vinegar) and make absolutely sure that you put 1 drop of dish soap into the vinegar. The dish soap breaks the plane so that fruit flies sink and drown in the liquid. If you don't add the dish soap, they won't sink and drown. Cover the container with plastic wrap and keep it in place with a rubber band or masking tape. I poke holes in the plastic wrap with a push pin. I put a trap in my kitchen and my living room as well but if you have a bigger infestation, you should put as many out as you have containers.

Every summer, I get the fruit fly invasion but I live in a 4-plex and pretty much everyone gets them too and I think that they come from the kitchen sink drain. I do throw about a cup of chlorine bleach down the drains about once a week so that the eggs get destroyed.

Jun 30, 2012
ladygeek in Not About Food

Le Creuset dilemma

I purchased the cobalt blue set in 1997 from Chef's Catalog and have added pieces to it. I went into a local kitchen store last week and looked at the new blue color which is just a shade or two lighter which would be ok. I have other pieces of cookware as well like a cast iron set of skillets that I've had for decades and also a piece of cobalt from Chantal which is very close to LC's cobalt blue. I looked at Lodge enameled cast iron as well in blue and that's also a pretty close match. The nice thing with LC is that your cookware has a lifetime guarantee on it and I've had to use it in the past so I'm not sure what would happen if I had to replace one under the guarantee.

Apr 16, 2012
ladygeek in Cookware

How do you get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen??

These are weevils. I got them from a bag of rice I bought at the grocery store. They were in my flour and all my pasta boxes. I live alone so I don't go through alot of stuff all the time. I was really infested. I threw everything out of the cupboards, bought some sealable storage containers and have been using those ever since. I've not seen any more weevils since.

Also, I've tried the cider vinegar with a drop of dishwashing liquid for the fruit flies. They simply just appear in my apartment in June - same time last year. I didn't have that many so it didn't take long to get rid of them but I leave a dish with that in it over the summer in a corner. Also, I keep everything sealed even in the refrigerator so there's nothing left out in the open.

Jun 23, 2010
ladygeek in Not About Food