It's a fruit fly horror story.  

secret_lade 47F
13998 posts
8/4/2021 6:39 pm
It's a fruit fly horror story.


I got home from work today to discover my kitchen was overrun by fruit flies.

"What the hell is happening here?"

I set my purse down on the counter and the kitchen disappeared in a cloud of black.

Well.... Maybe not quite that bad....

But, it was bad enough that I was looking around to see where the source of my infestation was coming from.

Any fruit sitting anywhere??

Nope.... Check!

Anything in the garbage that would draw a fruit fly??

Nope.... In fact, the flies weren't even in the garbage. Check!

Unwashed dishes creating a breeding ground??

One dried up plate, one dried up fork, a coffee cup with a swallow of coffee and 15 dead fruit flies floating in it, but no breeding ground. Check!

It was during my inspection of the sink that I did discover, though, the fruit fly infestation is likely originating from my sink drain!

Uh... Yah.... totally disgusting.

I know what that means when you have a septic tank and well water. That means you have to get your septic pumped.

But, what does that mean when you have city water and septic???

I ran a ton of water down the drain then put the stopper in the sink but I'm not sure what to do about my swarm.

What do you do with a swarm??

Name it and start charging rent?

Wait until their dead carcasses fall from the air and sweep them into the trash?

Do they crawl into cracks and crevices and disappear from sight??

These are questions that are haunting me right now.

For the moment, I'm avoiding my kitchen, naming my new room mate Brock, and trying to decide how much rent to charge before their lifeless bodies start littering my counter.

Happy Wednesday!

secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/6/2021 3:55 am

    Quoting CUMHANDLEME:
    We have them on the West Coast. They are sewer flies. They will also lay their eggs in your toilet or sink.

    When they infest the best thing to do is clean the sink & drain stopper with comet type cleaner & bleach down the drain. A bleach type cleaner for all counter top surfaces & scrub your toilet to remove the eggs.

    They infect on the West Coast during the hot months ...
I cleaned out my disposal this morning and put the stopper back in. Hopefully I caught things before they could get bad. It hasn't been super warm here, but there's been a lot of rain, I don't know if that could have had anything to do with it. Not sure how the city sewer is all hooked up and piped around.


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/6/2021 3:53 am

    Quoting 69ereatwetpussy:
    Guess what your friend are at my home so I opened the pool and I have not seen them since. They are not doing the back stroke either see what happens in the morning
I've caught a couple in the pool already.... Every since I found out they were sewer gnats I've been totally grossed out. Ack!


69ereatwetpussy 59M
6188 posts
8/5/2021 5:30 pm

Guess what your friend are at my home so I opened the pool and I have not seen them since. They are not doing the back stroke either see what happens in the morning


CUMHANDLEME 59F  
790 posts
8/5/2021 5:30 pm

We have them on the West Coast. They are sewer flies. They will also lay their eggs in your toilet or sink.

When they infest the best thing to do is clean the sink & drain stopper with comet type cleaner & bleach down the drain. A bleach type cleaner for all counter top surfaces & scrub your toilet to remove the eggs.

They infect on the West Coast during the hot months ...

Do you have any Primal Urges ... I do, please CUMHANDLEME and explore some of my naughty and nice Primal ... Urges with me !!!


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 5:27 pm

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    Mine just died off, but putting a stopper in the drain helps.
I kept the stoppers in the drains all day today, it did seem to help. I'm not sure where they are disappearing to, but they've already started to diminish.


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 5:26 pm

    Quoting 69ereatwetpussy:
    Make it apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish wash soap in an open bowl it worked for us. I read also if they come from the drain to use gel type drain o to clean out your pipes ..also pours the apple cider vinegar down your trailer stand over night.. you can use old wine or old beer that has turned sour. It a pool party then. Good luck try on the spawn see if she changes lolollloll
I'm going to give this a try too and see what happens. Thanks!


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 5:23 pm

    Quoting CharlesD6996:
    Sounds like you may need to clean your garbage disposal/pipes because there is something in there that is attracting the flies. Baking soda and vinegar will help.
I already tried the bleach thing..... If that doesn't work I'll try this next. Won't the mixture get foamy, though?


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 5:22 pm

    Quoting benard69:
    If you have any new indoor house plants those might be Fungus Gnats that come out of the soil...Miracle Grow potting soil is famous for it...Been there done that...
No new house plants for me. But, I'll remember that. I have noticed in the past when I've repotted things suddenly there were little flies out of nowhere.


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 5:20 pm

    Quoting Blueyedguy823:
    Fruit fly trap: half cup of vinegar, tbls of sugar, mix in a bowl. Stretch cling wrap over the bowl and punch holes in the cling wrap. Flies will get in and not come out.

    70% of the time it works every time.
I'm going to give it a try! Thank you!


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 5:18 pm

    Quoting citizen4722:
    I guess I can't use the term; "There are no flies on you"
Now that I know they're sewage flies.... I certainly hope they aren't on me! LOL


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 5:16 pm

    Quoting big54al:
    You certainly lead an adventure filled life
There always seems to be a little something happening, doesn't there....


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 5:15 pm

    Quoting pagancountrygirl:
    Damn, woman! You seem to have all the fun!
    I have a bunch of baby spiders that would help with the problem. Should I ship them to you?
Nooooooooo...... I'm good! LOL


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 5:15 pm

    Quoting SyxTee9:
    If they were coming up from the drain then they are what is called sewage flies. They are similar to help put bleach down drain And let sit for a little while then run water.
Giving it a try. I kept the stoppers in the sinks all day, definitely helped.


SyxTee9 59M
22 posts
8/5/2021 4:23 pm

If they were coming up from the drain then they are what is called sewage flies. They are similar to help put bleach down drain And let sit for a little while then run water.


pagancountrygirl 64F
6209 posts
8/5/2021 2:33 pm

Damn, woman! You seem to have all the fun!
I have a bunch of baby spiders that would help with the problem. Should I ship them to you?

Pagan
Hmmmm....I know I left that wand around here somewhere!


big54al 67M
2244 posts
8/5/2021 11:29 am

You certainly lead an adventure filled life


citizen4722 63M  
73456 posts
8/5/2021 9:34 am

I guess I can't use the term; "There are no flies on you"


Blueyedguy823 55M  
987 posts
8/5/2021 8:42 am

Fruit fly trap: half cup of vinegar, tbls of sugar, mix in a bowl. Stretch cling wrap over the bowl and punch holes in the cling wrap. Flies will get in and not come out.

70% of the time it works every time.


benard69 63M/63F  
6205 posts
8/5/2021 5:03 am

If you have any new indoor house plants those might be Fungus Gnats that come out of the soil...Miracle Grow potting soil is famous for it...Been there done that...


CharlesD6996 51M

8/5/2021 4:58 am

Sounds like you may need to clean your garbage disposal/pipes because there is something in there that is attracting the flies. Baking soda and vinegar will help.

All the best,

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69ereatwetpussy 59M
6188 posts
8/5/2021 4:47 am

Make it apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish wash soap in an open bowl it worked for us. I read also if they come from the drain to use gel type drain o to clean out your pipes ..also pours the apple cider vinegar down your trailer stand over night.. you can use old wine or old beer that has turned sour. It a pool party then. Good luck try on the spawn see if she changes lolollloll


69ereatwetpussy 59M
6188 posts
8/5/2021 4:35 am

All they want is a swimming pool of water and vinegar when the pool is filled bend them back where they come from clean the pool add more water and vinegar leave a light on . I'll Goggle it and get back to you. I'm pretty sure that's all they want no life guard needed. I'll hate them myself add some ginger to your sink trap all so ...
XOXO good luck hope they don't carry you away


mc_justmc 61M  
6837 posts
8/5/2021 4:02 am

Mine just died off, but putting a stopper in the drain helps.


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 3:51 am

    Quoting spunkycumfun:
    I've not experienced a swarm of fruit flies but charging them rent sounds like the best solution! Seriously I hope you get the problem sorted soon.
I'm not sure where they are disappearing to, but they are disappearing. Eek!


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/5/2021 1:56 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    An annoying dilemma, for which I have no suggestion. I didn't know drains attracted fruit flies.

    If you'd asked me about Canada Geese — who block the road — I'd offer a tip. Honk your horn and just plow through that fricken, frock of feathers; they WILL disperse in a hurry.
    The other drivers glared at me and waited, patiently. But I'm ALWAYS on that street, I've lost patience with those buggers, and I don't know any of them personally. F 'em!

    Now, about your flies. Dja have an air horn? 🤔
No air horn.... No Canada geese either, though. That would definitely be an issue in my kitchen.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39294 posts
8/5/2021 1:41 am

I've not experienced a swarm of fruit flies but charging them rent sounds like the best solution! Seriously I hope you get the problem sorted soon.


Paulxx001 64M
21898 posts
8/4/2021 10:46 pm

An annoying dilemma, for which I have no suggestion. I didn't know drains attracted fruit flies.

If you'd asked me about Canada Geese — who block the road — I'd offer a tip. Honk your horn and just plow through that fricken, frock of feathers; they WILL disperse in a hurry.
The other drivers glared at me and waited, patiently. But I'm ALWAYS on that street, I've lost patience with those buggers, and I don't know any of them personally. F 'em!

Now, about your flies. Dja have an air horn? 🤔


secret_lade 47F
8761 posts
8/4/2021 6:42 pm

I got home from work today to discover my kitchen was overrun by fruit flies.

"What the hell is happening here?"

I set my purse down on the counter and the kitchen disappeared in a cloud of black.

Well.... Maybe not quite that bad....

But, it was bad enough that I was looking around to see where the source of my infestation was coming from.

Any fruit sitting anywhere??

Nope.... Check!

Anything in the garbage that would draw a fruit fly??

Nope.... In fact, the flies weren't even in the garbage. Check!

Unwashed dishes creating a breeding ground??

One dried up plate, one dried up fork, a coffee cup with a swallow of coffee and 15 dead fruit flies floating in it, but no breeding ground. Check!

It was during my inspection of the sink that I did discover, though, the fruit fly infestation is likely originating from my sink drain!

Uh... Yah.... totally disgusting.

I know what that means when you have a septic tank and well water. That means you have to get your septic pumped.

But, what does that mean when you have city water and septic???

I ran a ton of water down the drain then put the stopper in the sink but I'm not sure what to do about my swarm.

What do you do with a swarm??

Name it and start charging rent?

Wait until their dead carcasses fall from the air and sweep them into the trash?

Do they crawl into cracks and crevices and disappear from sight??

These are questions that are haunting me right now.

For the moment, I'm avoiding my kitchen, naming my new room mate Brock, and trying to decide how much rent to charge before their lifeless bodies start littering my counter.

Happy Wednesday!


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