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Fruit flies - help me get rid of them!

I'm at my whits end. These fruit flies multiply faster than rabbits. I've been using the jar with half of a ripe fig inside covered with plastic wrap that I have poked hole in with a tooth pick method. I have caught zillions of the little buggers but they keep coming back. I even watched a few of them fly back out so now I shake the jar to wet the flies. Then they stay put (dead). I hate to kill bugs but now it's them or me. There is no fruit anywhere; so I am starting to think it might be my husbands plants that are on a shelf in the bedroom. I think the moist dirt is where they are breeding. Originally it may have been when I put nectarines in a brown bag to ripen from a store I had never been to before. But now, like I said there is no fruit around. Tonight I watched the video on putting vinegar in a bowl with dish soap and water. I covered it with wrap with holes in it and then vacuumed the air of all the flying ones I saw. I noticed last night that they all disappeared when it got dark. Smart, too. I really can't take much more of this. I have to go in for surgery on Oct.4th and I'm afraid that if I don't get this rectified before I go in my husband will just let them take over the house. I would just die if I came home to a worse infestation. So I really have to rid the house of these bugs quickly. Tomorrow I am going to the hardware store to see what they have that may help; I'm that desperate. Oh, I even tried to spray them with ammonia and rubbing alcohol. That didn't work either. I'll try hair spray tomorrow too. Thanks for the good advice and the good luck wishes, I surely need them. Oh, also I know they aren't drain flies b/c there are no flies by the sink.

Sep 23, 2012
redhead26 in Not About Food