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Old 02-02-2007, 12:50 AM
 
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I just moved into my dorm at college and I have fruit flies everywhere!
I live right next to the bathroom (in a single room) too (naturally they gravitate towards water)...I'm constantly squishing fruit flies...

How do I contain them?

How do I explain them?

It's enough with the crickets (for my other frogs) in the closet chirping during the winter.

Please help! No one has said anything yet...
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:20 AM
 
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First of all you need to determine where they are coming from.
Are they escaping from your cultures ? Not usually the case.
My guess is that your vivarium is not fruitfly tight. You need a tight fitting top, preferably glass or heavy acrylic (anything thinner than .22" will warp and bend. And all ventilation holes should be covered with a micromesh screen. Few vivariums are ready-to-use right out of the box. If you do a search you will find many posts addressing this problem. Basically find the leak, and then plug the hole. Use silicon cement, modify parts if needed, etc.
In the interim place a dish with some banana slices near the viv. It will help concentrate the errant escapees.
Tell your roommate that you are doing genetic research with Drosophila melanogaster as part of your studies. Explain that they are harmless and no reason to be sqeamish about it, especially if they are a science major. If they don't or won't understand tell them to move out.
George
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And put some banana slices in a bowl next to the tank, it should attract strays.
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Thanks everyone. Luckily I don't have a roommate. I will try the banana slices tonight. Thanks
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I take it your dorm has a no pet policy? I've been there. First, do they know the flies are coming from your room? If so, you could always just play dumb and say you don't know where they are coming from, but you put out a trap and things seem MUCH better, thanks and you'll let them know if you need their assistance further. If they do know it's you and they want you to get rid of the frogs or leave, get a note from your doctor saying the frogs lower your anxiety.
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If you flip through the last few pages in the Food section, there should be a thread on this. I remember there being one not too long ago.



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try some beer in a cup, some vinegar with a drop of dish soap or sugar water with a drop of dishsoap
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As noted above - the first step is to make your viv FF escape-proof. Then make a fruit fly trap. A jar or Snapple bottle - cover with plastic wrap (tight) and fasten with a rubber band. Pole a hole large enough for a fruit fly to crawl through. Fill with apple cider vinegar (not white vinegar).

They can't resist it.
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As noted above - the first step is to make your viv FF escape-proof. Then make a fruit fly trap. A jar or Snapple bottle - cover with plastic wrap (tight) and fasten with a rubber band. Pole a hole large enough for a fruit fly to crawl through. Fill with apple cider vinegar (not white vinegar).

They can't resist it.
QFT!

When I first started out, I had a lot of escapees too. I read about apple cider vinegar, tried it and it worked perfectly.
The flies really cannot resist!

Thankfully, I have no more escapees now =D
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Just put a bottle lid or similar filled with some media in the viv.

That way the flies don't bother trying to get out and you get a bonus mini culture right in with your frogs
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