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There are tiny bugs flying around my sink

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Newai
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Sep3-10, 09:15 PM
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Tiny little buggers. Sometimes one will float in front of my monitor here. A little annoying, but they don't bite and pretty much stay away from me. And they like wine. They really like wine.

So, I put a strip of fly paper over the sink. Most of them are eventually crushed by the adhesive over a period of days, but I've never seen one actually walk up the strip before.

I also bought some glue boxes for the creepy crawlies. Caught a nasty-ugly looking spider one morning. When I came home, it's opisthosoma was gone! I figure another resident came by and had some lunch. Can't imagine what it must've been like to be stuck to a box while some other arachnid is munching on your behind. Eek.

I'm also catching a lot of pseudoscorpions. Not what I really want to happen, but I just can't seem to catch up with the pests in here. Sprayed, too.

Anyway, anyone have an idea what those flying bugs might be? I'm in NE U.S. They don't look like the gnats I found in Google images. Their eyes are bright red.
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Sep3-10, 09:29 PM
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Sounds like you've got a bad case of drosophila...fruit flies. Oh yes, they looooove wine !
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I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

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There are tiny bugs flying around my sink

They are fruit flies and almost impossible to kill. Whah!!!!
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Their eyes are bright red.
Could be all that wine.
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Sounds like you've got a bad case of drosophila...fruit flies. Oh yes, they looooove wine !
Images in Google are an exact match. Thanks!

hehe, Wiki reads that they are also called wine flies.

And you are all funny!
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Could be all that wine.
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Wiki: "Males of this genus are known to have the longest sperm cells of any organism on Earth, including one species, Drosophila bifurca, that has sperm 58 mm (2.3 in) long."

OMG
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Wiki: "Males of this genus are known to have the longest sperm cells of any organism on Earth, including one species, Drosophila bifurca, that has sperm 58 mm (2.3 in) long."

OMG
Whoooooa, the pix are...just, wow! How does that even work? I mean, how does that sperm get anywhere?!?
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Sep3-10, 09:53 PM
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Here's an interesting article about that particular species...

http://www.livescience.com/animals/0...big_sperm.html

...the female bodies of many species are not passive arenas within which sperm compete, but more like obstacle courses, with hurdles and defenses in place...
In D. bifurca, the female reproductive tract is just slightly longer than the sperm that swim through it.

"It looks like a giant slinky filling her abdomen," Bjork told LiveScience.
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I don't even know how to imagine fruit fly sex, particularly with that!

And sounds like a future mix drink.
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They are fruit flies and almost impossible to kill. Whah!!!!
i found a way. they are not the least bit interested in flypaper. really luck of the draw if you hang a strip. but... they love banana. and you can dab little bits of banana on the flypaper. and they will land, and walk about, eventually getting stuck on the paper. so just bait it with something they like. still hard to get them all, but it gets you moving in that direction.

oh, and don't forget to throw out all your bananas, too.
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i found a way. they are not the least bit interested in flypaper. really luck of the draw if you hang a strip. but... they love banana. and you can dab little bits of banana on the flypaper. and they will land, and walk about, eventually getting stuck on the paper. so just bait it with something they like. still hard to get them all, but it gets you moving in that direction.

oh, and don't forget to throw out all your bananas, too.
My fly paper is covered with them.
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My fly paper is covered with them.
you are lucky, then. turned their noses up at mine.
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Sep3-10, 10:11 PM
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My fly paper is covered with them.
I did a little project with my niece and nephew. We make little traps out of cups and paper funnels. Fill the cup (glass is good so you can look in) with wine, or fruit, and then tape a paper funnel over the top of the cup. The funnel can be made by rolling a piece of paper, taping it, and making a tiny hole by snipping the end with sissors. The flies can easily fly into the funnel as they go from wide to narrow, drawn in by the odor, but coming out is another matter. Then you just let them go outside.
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Sep3-10, 10:17 PM
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I did a little project with my niece and nephew. We make little traps out of cups and paper funnels. Fill the cup (glass is good so you can look in) with wine, or fruit, and then tape a paper funnel over the top of the cup. The funnel can be made by rolling a piece of paper, taping it, and making a tiny hole by snipping the end with sissors. The flies can easily fly into the funnel as they go from wide to narrow, drawn in by the odor, but coming out is another matter. Then you just let them go outside.
I've done that exact same thing, it works!
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I've done that exact same thing, it works!
Yes, fun for the kids too, and me as well, I must confess.
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Sep3-10, 10:21 PM
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I've done that exact same thing, it works!
yes, but then they get to live.


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