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Last Post by tanlover14 at 8/09/2012 5:08 PM (13 Replies)
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User is Offline tanlover14
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8/06/2012 4:41 PM

So recently we've been noticing fruit flies around our condo -- we are trying our hand at some indoor gardening and one of the plants died and managed to attract a TON of fruit flies.  We've been spraying the plants and I just read up on some tricks on another earlier BinkyBunny post but I couldn't figure out if the fruit flies were actually harmful to rabbits? 

 

Just want to make sure I shouldn't be taking my buns for a vet visit just in case or anything of the sort. 

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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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8/07/2012 1:10 AM
I don't think they are harmful to rabbits. Maybe annoying.
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User is Offline Sarita
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8/07/2012 2:08 AM
They aren't harmful.

It took me awhile to get rid of fruit flies too - I did the apple cider vinegar/dishwashing liquid combo and you have to do this for quite awhile. I also put all fruits and vegetables that I normally keep out in the fridge. You have to probably do this for a couple of months to really eradicate the pests.

User is Offline TH004
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8/07/2012 5:31 AM
I did just vinegar in a very shallow bowl with one drop of dishwashing soap. It works wonders! I put the bowls in the plants. I would kill a dozen per bowl easily! Overwatering plants feeds the pests, so be careful how often you water!

User is Offline SuperCheesetastic
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8/07/2012 6:11 AM

Get a venus fly trap plant.

I had a pet one. I thing his name was William... Or was it Louis? Maybe Douglass...


User is Offline skunklionshow
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8/07/2012 6:37 AM
Yeah I was going to suggest a carniverous plant.  I have several varieties besides the standard venus fly trap.  They are native to NC, so they are sold at our farmer's market, but you can buy them on-line.  I LOVE them!  Brought one to my dad in Chgo.
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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8/07/2012 9:40 AM
I'm totally addicted to Pinterest. And I found this: http://www.passionatehomemaking.com...-gone.html

I have yet to try it out. But I hope to. I agree that getting a Venus flytrap will help. =] Not to mention it's pretty hard to kill one. ;P Maybe check out your local Home Depot for one? That's where they sell the plants near me. =p

User is Offline tanlover14
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8/07/2012 4:21 PM
Thanks for all the advice guys! It's really helpful -- we're definitely going to try some of these techniques!
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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8/07/2012 5:55 PM
Have you tried using a self watering system for the planter? That might help with fruit flies. You can buy some planters from Home Depot or Lowes I believe. Or they may have conversion kits. I know for sure they sell them at gardeners.com

User is Offline tanlover14
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8/08/2012 3:45 AM
We actually JUST bought the AeroGardens? (not sure if anyone has ever heard of them).. but we're hoping that helps since there's no soil and it basically does everything itself -- you just have to add water when it needs it.
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User is Offline skunklionshow
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8/08/2012 6:36 AM
I have 2 aerogardens, one I got at the thrift store & the other was a grad gift.  Definitely no bug issues, but I usually never got awesome growth w/ my herbs.  My goal was to get a really nice herb garden started for the buns, but it just seemed to fizzle out.  Good luck!
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User is Offline tanlover14
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8/08/2012 6:52 AM
Thanks! Our windowsill herbs have been doing really well -- so hopefully we'll have the same luck with those! Hopefully..
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User is Offline Skipper's Mama
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8/08/2012 8:26 AM
My boyfriend's dad had one. He got massive growth in his herbs. So much that he had a hard time keeping up with it all. Hopes it works for you. =]

User is Offline tanlover14
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8/09/2012 5:08 PM
Thanks, Skippers Mama! We hope so too!
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