On Wed, 14 Sep 2005 08:54:58 -0700, Frank J Warner
:> We have a problem with small flies for the last 2 weeks in our house. They
:> are like fruit flies. We have tried all kinds of remedies to get rid of them
:> and they are still flying around. There is no vegetables or decayed food
:> laying around anywhere and we can't figure out where they are coming from.
:> We were told to put little dishes of apple vinegar with syrup to catch them.
:> This works, but has not solved the problem. There's always around 10 or 15
:> dead ones in the little dishes. Do any of you have any recommendations to
:> help us solve this problem?
:> Thanks for your help.
:Wow. We've had the same problem nearly all summer. Little tiny black
:flies. Clouds of them that simply won't go away by themselves. We've
:NEVER had this kind of problem with flies in nineteen years at the same
:house. It's like the Amityville horror. Where do you live
:(approximately)? I'm in a semi-rural part of the central California
:We finally got aggressive with them about a month ago. Cleaned
:EVERYTHING out of the cupboards, used airtight containers for stuff
:like potatoes and onions, and for anything else that might conceivably
:be food, and for kitchen trash. We recycle all our aluminum cans, and
:now we put them in an airtight can in the mud room until we can move
:them outside to the big recycler. We bought fly strips and put them up
:where the flies seemed to be the worst, and we used a whole can of
:aerosol fly spray in the space of a week any time we saw more than two
:or three at a time.
:This helped enormously. The flies went from swarms of dozens to maybe
:one or two a day. Lately, I haven't seen any of them. We're hoping that
:the cooler weather coming will eliminate them completely.
Yes. Add to that an effort to minimize the opportunity for them to fly
into your house from outside and you should have solved the problem.