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    Past few days I have lots of tiny flies in the kitchen, bit like fruit flies but not interested or near the fruit. Have had fruit flies before and these are a similar size but not the same. They float about and then look like specs on cuboard doors but ALWAYS move if you get within 6inches of them...not swattable!

    Every door and window open today but some are still about. So irritating.

    Left an used EMPTY wine glass on the drainer overnight and they were all over the rim this morning, YUK.

    Found a cuople that have migrated to other rooms now. Cannot figure out why I have these, nothing dodgy in the kitchen or bins. Before I go buy fly spray tomorrow and poison every room....any clues anyone?

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    wierd. We have exactly the same problem. Even fly spray hasn`t got rid

    I find the fly cartridges are really good and the fly stickers, normally well priced on eBay.

    Banned

    Close the kitchen door so you can just get your hand through a gap as small as possible.

    Then get a can of hairspray and empty it through the gap into the kitchen. After it's emptied, stick a lighter through the gap and light it. The gas in the air will ignite and kill all the flies.

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    sickly sweet

    I find the fly cartridges are really good and the fly stickers, normally … I find the fly cartridges are really good and the fly stickers, normally well priced on eBay.



    Can I buy these anywhere tomorrow...........EBay will take a few days

    Banned

    Vacuum them up : )

    I've seen the fly strips in the pound shops.I've had them for the past few days as well.But today found them in a bag of cooking apples I had which I've binned so hope I've got rid

    iglimpse

    Can I buy these anywhere tomorrow...........EBay will take a few days



    Try poundland, B&Q, homebase, maybe even Tescos.

    These are the type of fly stickers which are fantastic and catch all the little ones too: amazon.co.uk/Ren…1-7

    This is the casette type of fly repellant you might want to look out for - they do actually work - amazon.co.uk/Ren…-13

    Sewage flies is my guess - you may have a leak in your drainage somewhere.

    take out your bins and clean out any old food, i used to get them at uni when me mates started letting things decompose

    fly papers hanging up filled with dead flies....yuk!

    They're beer flies (dont know the real name) we used to get loads round the taps in the bars i worked in.

    Fungus gnats are small, dark, short-lived flies, of the families Sciaridae, Diadocidiidae, Ditomyiidae, Keroplatidae, Bolitophilidae and Mycetophilidae (order Diptera), sometimes placed in the superfamily Mycetophiloidea, whose larvae feed on plant roots or fungi and aid in the decomposition of organic matter. The adults are 2-5 mm long and are important pollinators that can help spread mushroom spores as well as plant pollen.

    They can be controlled by Hypoaspis miles or the biological larvicide Bacillus thuringiensis (subspecies israelensis) that kills the gnats in their larval stage, which must be applied weekly as a soil drench for 4-5 weeks. Detergents and the nicotine from tobacco brewed into a toxic tea are used by some people to control fungus gnats. Another effective deterrent is a yearly bath in insecticidal soap and applying an indoor mulch to the top of your soil. Another organic repellent is the use of Neem oil as a soil drench (diluted 1 teaspoon per litre of water and applied 300 ml per square meter of soil [4 teaspoons per US-gallon, 3 avoirdupois ounces per international square foot]).

    In houseplants the presence of fungus gnats may indicate overwatering. They may be feeding on roots that have sat in drain water too long and are rotting or may be attracted to fungus growing in saturated top soil. Limiting moist environments and allowing the soil to dry will reduce their numbers. Fungus gnats are typically harmless to healthy plants, but can inflict extensive damage to seedlings; their presence can be indicative of more serious problems.

    drain flys, we had em last year propa nightmare!!
    Edited by: "ANDYWOODY01" 23rd Oct 2010

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    moob

    Sewage flies is my guess - you may have a leak in your drainage somewhere.



    !!!! Had a downstairs toilet and new bathroom upstairs fitted a few weeks ago. No sewage type smells anywhere.

    Drain flies...OMG. Would they not just hang about near drains, instead of my klitchen cuboards?

    Thanks for all the help and suggestions guys. I have already stated, nothing to do with food, fruit etc.
    Edited by: "iglimpse" 24th Oct 2010

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    cannyscot

    Fungus gnats are small, dark, short-lived flies, of the families … Fungus gnats are small, dark, short-lived flies, of the families Sciaridae, Diadocidiidae, Ditomyiidae, Keroplatidae, Bolitophilidae and Mycetophilidae (order Diptera), sometimes placed in the superfamily Mycetophiloidea, whose larvae feed on plant roots or fungi and aid in the decomposition of organic matter. The adults are 2-5 mm long and are important pollinators that can help spread mushroom spores as well as plant pollen.They can be controlled by Hypoaspis miles or the biological larvicide Bacillus thuringiensis (subspecies israelensis) that kills the gnats in their larval stage, which must be applied weekly as a soil drench for 4-5 weeks. Detergents and the nicotine from tobacco brewed into a toxic tea are used by some people to control fungus gnats. Another effective deterrent is a yearly bath in insecticidal soap and applying an indoor mulch to the top of your soil. Another organic repellent is the use of Neem oil as a soil drench (diluted 1 teaspoon per litre of water and applied 300 ml per square meter of soil [4 teaspoons per US-gallon, 3 avoirdupois ounces per international square foot]).In houseplants the presence of fungus gnats may indicate overwatering. They may be feeding on roots that have sat in drain water too long and are rotting or may be attracted to fungus growing in saturated top soil. Limiting moist environments and allowing the soil to dry will reduce their numbers. Fungus gnats are typically harmless to healthy plants, but can inflict extensive damage to seedlings; their presence can be indicative of more serious problems.




    No house plants. And if they were in my garden, it would not give a stuff.

    theres a free bug spray app for the iphone- works a treat

    download-

    itunes.apple.com/us/…t=8

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    sedd33

    theres a free bug spray app for the iphone- works a treat … theres a free bug spray app for the iphone- works a treat download-http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bug-spray-ultrasonic/id317742303?mt=8



    Yeah hilarious.

    Don't think they are drain / sewage flies. Put glass of vinegar on worktop and they are all over it, so seem to be the beer / vinegar / fruit fly type.

    Wrong tile grout can cause this. They are grout flies and they cause a change in the colour when wet.:p

    You could try this.
    Fly Trap

    Instead of fruit you could put some vinegar/beer/wine/fruit juice watered down and with a bit of washing up liquid. The beer/wine/vinegar/fruit juice attracts the flies. The washing up liquid makes it difficult for them to drink without drowning.
    Once they enter the trap its almost impossible for them to get out again. Wont cost you anything and no sprays or fly tape required.

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    All dead. The fly trap has been a great half term activity for my son but filled it with vinegar and not bananna skin. Only the odd one in the kitchen now.......Phew
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