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Old 10-26-2009, 08:25 AM
 
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Question How do I get rid of these tiny flies in my room?

They usually appear one at a time. As I swat one, a few days another one will appear.

They are pretty tiny.

Its fall-winter time so I figured there shouldnt be any flies around.
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:39 PM
 
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They usually appear one at a time. As I swat one, a few days another one will appear.

They are pretty tiny.

Its fall-winter time so I figured there shouldnt be any flies around.
Do you have houseplants? There are very tiny, harmless dark flies that breed in the soil if it's kept too wet. Whenever I see them, I cut back on my watering and that usually does the trick; the larvae and pupae in the soil dry out and die.

The other likely culprit would be fruit flies, which sometimes come in from the grocery store from overly ripe fruit, but most stores are good about controlling them by removing too-ripe fruit before the flies emerge.
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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Oh, I should add: Many insects are attracted to yellow sticky traps, which you can buy at lawn and garden centers. You could hang a couple in rooms where you see the flies and see if they're attracted to them. I use them in my garden and within a day or two of setting them out, they're covered with whiteflies (which are not actual flies, but more related to aphids).
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:11 AM
 
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No, its not fruit flies. Nor do I have houseplants.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Maybe drain flies?

drain flies, moth flies drain fly control treatment
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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Simply set out a champagne glass filled near the top with vinegar they will fly to the rim and just jump in...
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Simply set out a champagne glass filled near the top with vinegar they will fly to the rim and just jump in...
and do the back stroke.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:11 PM
 
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The flies may be sewer flies. Many years ago we had a broken sewer line and flies came up thru cracks, although more than one at a time. Another posiblity may be a dry sewer trap.If you have not used a shower or drain for a time and it dries up the flies can come up the pipe although usuallymore than one.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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I've been covering my sinks with the stoppers for many years. I put just a little bit of water in each. If I forget, I get tiny flies, inevitably. Believe me, my apartment and now my house are extremely clean.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:15 PM
 
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They are always around water, by the shower drain, the toilet, and the kitchen sink. Im trying the vinegar thing and stopping the drains. Let's see what happens...Thanks
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