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Old 08-01-2011, 11:29 PM   #1
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They are swarming around my taps. Any good methods of getting rid of them? Seems every time I pour a pint, I get one out of the tap.



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Old 08-01-2011, 11:33 PM   #2
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I have recently started having the same problem...I bough some tap plugs, but would love to hear other options as well...subscribed.



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Old 08-01-2011, 11:33 PM   #3
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Take small custard cups and fill them with a soapy solution. Leave the traps close to your taps and the flies are attracted to the soapy solutions. Replace/replenish the solution often and you'd be surprised how many flies you end up with.


I culture fruit flies like crazy and have an entire closet full of them. Believe me, the soap solution works. Palmolive is best.

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Ps. Clean out your taps.

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Old 08-02-2011, 12:07 AM   #4
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Another trick is to leave some dregs in a bottle of beer. Add a little sugar and baking yeast (or brewing) and even mash a small piece of banana or strawberry or whatever and put it in the bottle. The idiot flies go in and can't get out! Yay!!

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I've heard of this except i was tld the saop needed to be in a wine or fruit vinegar to attract them?

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I had fruit flies last year. This year I got those little black covers that fit over the ends of the faucets and had a few flies hovering around but none in any beer or faucet. Other than that, just fish them out of the foam and move on. That's what I did last year.

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Take small custard cups and fill them with a soapy solution. Leave the traps close to your taps and the flies are attracted to the soapy solutions. Replace/replenish the solution often and you'd be surprised how many flies you end up with.


I culture fruit flies like crazy and have an entire closet full of them. Believe me, the soap solution works. Palmolive is best.

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Ps. Clean out your taps.
Star San will also work. I think in general they are attracted to any fragrant liquid and the soap/surfactant reduces the surface tension of the water so when they land on the water they can't stand on the surface and drown.
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I've got c*cksucker Japanese Beetles in my flower garden. I pick them off and drown them in a bucket of StarSan. Or Seventh Generation dish soap solution. It's fun!

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Oh boy do I feel your pain.

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I've got c*cksucker Japanese Beetles in my flower garden. I pick them off and drown them in a bucket of StarSan. Or Seventh Generation dish soap solution. It's fun!

Wouldn't be easier to just squish em instead of wasting the star san?


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