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    I've searched on the forums for stuff about placing apples near their plants so as to attract fruit flies, and I've found a lot of posts, but I was wondering exactly how one should do this? And is it very successful, especially in winter? Is it harmful?

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    I did that at the lab and in our attic. It's like a Field of Dreams thing... If you offer them, they will come. Trust me, the fruitflies will come and propogate and provide the sundews & butterworts with live food. Not harmful, AFAIK, just smelly and a bit of a grossout factor!

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    Lol, thanks. About how long does it take for the lil suckers to get to the fruit?

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    Within a couple weeks or so. It may be hard to attract them during the winter, though.

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    Ok. I see them fly around all the time, usually more like fungus gnats, I guess. But, one did manage to make its way into my growroom and get sorta attacked....

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    is it white with little red eyes? then its a fruit fly!

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    LOL I got in BIG trouble from my wife for doing this- we had a bunch of apples or something in a garbage bag that had gone off (we didn't have our composter set up yet) and flies were all coming out of it, so I brought it into my growing room= she came in and asked what the horrible stink was and I simply kicked the bag and flies swarmed out all over my collection- I was smiling and well pleased, but her, not so much

    If you "get lucky" and get fruit with flies already on it, you can have flies literally overnight, it realy doesn't take long, best bet is like a banana peel and maybe some apple cores in a little jar or something (left open, natch) and you should have more flies than you'll ever need- just don't expect anyone else in your family to enjoy it is my only caveat
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    I leave a banana peel next to my plants. I put it in the shade so it doesn't dry out. Occasionally I'll pour some water on the peel to keep it moist.
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