Help? I Have Bugs, Knats, Fruit Flies W/QVIEW

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  1. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't know what the heck I have. It's been about 5 days now. Day and night, on the patio, and in the kitchen. Yes I have a peach tree but others in the area don't. The only thing different this year is I am smoking but the others arent. I can't even have my beer and V-8 without them swarming the glass.

    So, tonight I baited them on the counter and sure as hell you guessed it:


    This was only after 1/2 hour. I set another bait and it is loaded already. If you click on the pic they are more eveident.

    Any Ideas or soloutions?

    Thanks, oh. I also put up the water bag for flys over the weekend, doesn't work either. I hate using bug sprays.
  2. bbqgoddess

    bbqgoddess Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yikes Ron!!
    what about those candles? I hate the way they smell although my brother picked up some "citrus" citronella candles at Bed Bath and Beyond, and they did not smell so bad!! just my .02!!
  3. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Your bait looks alot like mine which is, apple or wine vinegar with alittle water and sugar PLUS a few drops of dish soap, when they touch the water it pulls them in because of the soap, which breaks the surface tension of the water mixture. Hope it helps and works for me when we start bringing in tomatoes from the garden.
  4. flatbroke

    flatbroke Smoking Fanatic

    Shower more often
  5. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't think they would hold a candle to them, lol, but thank for the idea. They don't even get repeled by the sprays, just more come back.

    That's funny because my "bait" is my beer and V-8, [​IMG]

    I'll try that, W C, but how can you actually repel them from even coming?

    I just made a batch, thanks, let ya know if I find a bunch dead.
  6. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    look around your kitchen and patio and make sure there's no standing water anywhere. if there is, get it dried b/c that's where they're breeding. fruit fly's multiply rapidly but can't really live in absence of water. bleach-water kills the eggs so put some in a spray bottle and spray ALL potential areas that they might be breeding in. fruit fly's are very difficult to get rid of...
    hope that helps.
  7. doctor phreak

    doctor phreak Smoking Fanatic

    ron hate to tell you but i had the same problem just a two months ago....could not get rid of them did not know where they were coming from..turn out my kitchen drain line under my concrete slab had a hole in and each time we used the kitchen and or dishwasher some of the water came out of the pipe and form a pool of water/mud pit under my slab ..had to tear out my kitchen floor and slab and repair the line and repour concrete and tile..lot of work but as of right now no more little flys ...also i think their called drain flies...this was my problem and sounds like it could be the same issue..look for standing water somewhere in the vicinity where they are....hope this helps..good luck
  8. flatbroke

    flatbroke Smoking Fanatic

    Wow, Doctor Freak I bet that was a chore to fix, How did the leak get detected. Ron if you have the same problem dont shower LOL.
  9. bigwayne

    bigwayne Smoke Blower

    Is that pic inside or outside?

    You need to figure out what they are before you know what to do about them. Gnats, fruit flies, and mosquitos are pretty easy to tell apart. I am guessing they are not mosquitoes as they would have been biting you. If they are fruit flies you should be able to see reddish eyes on them. If they are plain old gnats, they will generally be all black.

    This link covers how to get rid of them. Biggest issue is usually finding the source.
  10. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Well, we don't have any standing water here in the dessert. I just poured some bleach down the drains, no much as we are on septic.They are both inside and out, but the pic was inside.They seem more reddish brown lately, I think in the beginning ther were black.

    Thanks for the link it sounds like a more problem than I thought.
  11. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I hope that's not it. I have radient heat under the floor, that would be a bummer. No standing water that I am aware of, just checked under the sink, dry. I think it is just something going around since other people are having the same issue. I Hope at least.
  12. doctor phreak

    doctor phreak Smoking Fanatic

    ron i was thinking about your problem...try this ..take some saran wrap and apply some honey or syrup on one side and then apply the
    " sticky " side down on the drain or your sink and /or bathub/shower and just press down form a nice seal and go about your bussiness or bed and the next morning see if any flies are stuck to the sticky side and this could lead you to your drain your earlier post they started out black but has turn to a reddish brown...mine was the exact color..the smaller ones black and the bigger ones were reddish brown....again i hope this helps they can be very annoying...and very hard to get rid of..again good luck.......
  13. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Mike, I just did that, we'll see In the am, plus I plugged the drains with the stopers after the saran.
  14. williamzanzinger

    williamzanzinger Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    We had aproblem with these guys ina major way in my kitchen at work. It took orkin 4 attempts at various angles to rid our kitchen. True there are two kinds, drain flies and fruit flies. We had to find where they were nesting which turned out to be a crack in the surface lip of a floor drain. Though we flushed that particular drain they were untouched because they were not IN the drain but down the side. I had them once in my house and accidendally found a cure when I left a 1/4 full open bottle of red sticky wine on my counter. In the morning they were all in the bottle stuck to the sides. Yea!! There attracted to sour of course, maybe theres something around your house you need to scout out.
  15. ytsejam

    ytsejam Newbie

    i had a big problem with them about a month ago.
    I set traps in all the rooms in the house and would catch bowl fulls a day, and yet they still kept coming back. SO i went on a cleaning expedition, and i finally found where they were coming from, and took care of that. havent seen another one since.
    the sorce of the problem happened to be a diaper pail that had been sitting unused, and still kinda full. after my daughter was potty trained, we just kind of forgot it was in the corner of her room.[​IMG] it was pretty gnarly
  16. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Last year we had alot of hornets hanging around the deck. So I made up the same concoction in a 9 x 13 at the end of the day had drowed close to a hundred of em.
  17. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok, thanks T H, I just did that with some balsamic vinegar, we'll see. I already have 2 caught in 10 minutes whle I was typing here.

    I'll keep lookng, thanks.

    That sounds gnarly for sure.

    I tried that last night, only got a few. My red beer seems to attract them though.[​IMG]

    I just checked the saran in the drains, clean. I also made bleach water and washed the counters down, we'll see later when I come home. So far today they aren't too bad yet.

    Thanks for all the help.
  18. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    T_H, I had 2 traps this am. 1 on the counter and 1 in the pantry. Before I left the counter was ok, so I moved that trap to the pantry. Got home tonight, and they were both active. Here is the thing, it is a dry pantry with canned and paper goods, dog food, and really nothing that would seem to be a breeding ground. Now I moved the traps to the center island and they are swarming there. They love the balsamic vinegar and think that is attracting them, not finding the source. I wonder if they can be coming through the screen? I can't close the window, because we have an evaporative cooling system that requires openings to let the air circulate to the outside.

    I am still at a loss.

    Thanks for the help so far.
  19. supervman

    supervman Smoking Fanatic

    Ron -
    We just got some fruit and veggies from a new store and got the same stuff. NO WHERE NEAR what yall got there.

    Take a red wine glass and put a couple shots into it and leave it overnight. Little buggers drown. I don't see ANY in your shot there that are in the liquid.

    If you have out fruits. SCRUB and DRY all fruits, apples etc.
    CLEAN the bowl/basket.
    That will help remove eggs.

    I believe their life cycle is only 3 days.
    I poured some bleach down the drains and in 2 days they were gone.

    Hope it helps.

  20. low&slow

    low&slow Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I dont know if you have indoor plants or not, but if you do check them cause they like to breed in the soil.

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