[Tastebridge] [Noisebridge-discuss] Killing Fruit Flies

Frantisek Apfelbeck algoldor at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 8 12:11:53 UTC 2012

You can try kombucha. I have had a over riped fruit mixed with vinegar as a bite in a trap standing next to my kombucha culture and most of the flies went for the kombucha. So I added some of the kombucha liquid to the bite and many flies changed their preferences to the bite after that.

So if I understand correctly the flies do not "notice" the dish soap in the bite till too late, right? I used bleach for the bite because I did not have any soap and the flies were completely avoiding the bite with the bleach in it but they loved the ones where the bleach was not added (fruit + vineagre).

Best of luck,


Frantisek Algoldor Apfelbeck

biotechnologist&kvasir and hacker


"There is no way to peace, peace is the way." Ghandi

 From: Eric W. Rasmussen <ewr at majortek.com>
To: noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net 
Sent: Saturday, July 7, 2012 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-discuss] Killing Fruit Flies

There were some over ripe oranges on the testing station that I cut up and threw into the jars of vinegar. Overall, the fly problem is much, much better.

As far as the mice go, I saw one navigating the kitchen counter and
    two more scurrying down below on the floor. So now we have to deal
    with the mice.

Is there a humane way of ridding the space of mice? The way I
    handled Gerald was (saw him in the trash bin and carried it out to
    the sidewalk).

Maybe we need a new "mice" thread.

Thanks for all of your help and advice with the flies.

On 07/06/2012 11:24 PM, Brandon Edens wrote: 
They love the cider. Have faith.
>On Jul 6, 2012 5:38 PM, "Eric W. Rasmussen" <ewr at majortek.com> wrote:
>Do I just throw the fruit into the vinegar?
>>BTW:  The fly traps are starting to work on their own.
>>On 07/06/2012 04:40 PM, James Sundquist wrote: 
>>My understanding is that mice can easily navigate their way back to any home within a couple miles of their current location so expect it to immediately return.  For killing flies, you want both vinegar and over-ripe fruit.  The fruit is the main thing that attracts the flies so it is still worth grabbing a rotten piece from the market downstairs.  Good luck!
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