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Old 01-10-2010, 03:41 AM   #1
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Just got back home after 3 weeks away for christmas. I accidentally left a few dirty pots in my sink and now there are fruit flies everywhere!!! and now im too scared to open any of my primaries or secondaries or do any beer stuff at all because the flies are going to get in!!

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Gross! Now, clean house and leave your fermenters alone until the fruitflies are gone! Make sure you have liquid in the airlocks.

You can try a fruitfly trap if it's really bad. That's just a funnel in a mason jar with some fruit or juice in the jar. The fruitflies go in, but they're not smart enough to figure out how to get out. But I wouldn't open my beer until they are gone. One of those little buggers can make a 5 gallon batch into vinegar. They carry aceterobacter.

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juice with a scoshe of cider vinegar. they go nuts to get in and drown.

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That sucks, right after Thanksgiving we had a problem with them in out=r house and we could not figure out where they came from. We have a 6 year old that likes to stash food around but we searched hogh and low and sanitized everything, and I do mean everything! Under couches, beds, in between the mattresses, under and in every cab, fridge, etc! Never did find where they came from as it was very cold outside during those few weeks before and after. We just went around like mad people and killed and sprayed for a week before the problem just disappeared!

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Add a few drops of dish soap to the vinegar or fruit juice, giv'er a mix and it'll be a fruit fly abattoir.

Good luck. I HATE fruit flies with a genocidal vengence.

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