3 Ways to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

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Subject: fruit flies and bleach

Hello, I enjoyed your comments about how to rid ones home of fruit flies, but I do wish that people would stop recommending chlorinated bleach, when vinegar, which is a mild acid, works just as well on this problem. I have read that chlorinated bleach leaves behind Dioxin, a toxic residue. Yes, it is perfectly legal for us to buy and use in our homes, but that does not make it a safe product to use. Thank you for putting humor into your article!


Subject: Fruit Fly Eradification

Excellent suggestion about the fly strips, Stick-em! Thanks also for the reminder not to lean over the sink and get entangled in the strips. (That's just the sort of thing I'd be likely to do.)


Subject: alcohol tip

don't forget that alcohol is flammable so using it in a spray bottle in the kitchen where there are potentially open flames might not be the smartest tip.


Subject: Fruit Flies

Apple Cider Vinegar does work very well, I used Saran wrap with a dime-sized hole over a 4" dia Pyrex bowl.


Subject: Fruit flies

Also they come into your home from the little vent on your bathroom sinks or where there is a vent for your sinks. They just crawl through from the outside to the inside, and then reproduce. Use the same methods as the article to kill them. Dave


Subject: Fruit flies

On a trip to the local hardware store to eradicate an infestation of fruitlies I found a thowback to the 50's. "Fly strips" were hung over the sink and at night a focused light (flashlight) was shined up the strip to illuminate the trap. In a couple of days the problem was gone. Just remember that your don't want to bend over the sink and get your hair caught in the sticky stuff

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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.