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I asked this elsewhere but thought I would try it here as well. I have just
been told that composting is mandatory in San Francisco and it is also in
Seattle. Here, it is not mandatory yet but I suspect will be soon. Now
they are just asking us to do this.

Food scraps, peelings, spoiled food, etc. must go in a bio bag. This is an
easily compostable corn based bag. It is then put in our yard waste bin.
We are to purchase or in some way get a container to put in the kitchen to
hold the food.

I have a metal can designed for such purposes. It has two filters in the
lid. I am doing everything like they say. Keeping it clean, emptying it
daily, etc.

The problem? Fruit flies. Tons of them all over the bin.

I have read online to put a coffee filter in the lid of the bin between the
lid and the filter. I will have to buy some and try this. I have also read
that the flies might be laying eggs in the filters. So to prove or disprove
this, I put the lid in a zippered gallon bag. So far no flies in there.

Meanwhile I have been trapping the flies using bananas and zippered bags.
This seems to be the best type of trap I've found. But I don't want to keep
trapping them.

And for the next few days I am going back to putting the food down the sink,
or wrapped in the trash. I am not using the bin. I want to start fresh and
fruit fly free.

So my question is... Does anyone know of a way to keep the flies off of the
bin? They don't seem to actually be getting inside of it but they are going
in and out of the holes on the lid.

I think I may write to my waste collection company and ask them what to do
as well.

Thanks!



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"Julie Bove" wrote in message
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I asked this elsewhere but thought I would try it here as well. I have
just been told that composting is mandatory in San Francisco and it is also
in Seattle. Here, it is not mandatory yet but I suspect will be soon. Now
they are just asking us to do this.

Food scraps, peelings, spoiled food, etc. must go in a bio bag. This is
an easily compostable corn based bag. It is then put in our yard waste
bin. We are to purchase or in some way get a container to put in the
kitchen to hold the food.

I have a metal can designed for such purposes. It has two filters in the
lid. I am doing everything like they say. Keeping it clean, emptying it
daily, etc.

The problem? Fruit flies. Tons of them all over the bin.

I have read online to put a coffee filter in the lid of the bin between
the lid and the filter. I will have to buy some and try this. I have
also read that the flies might be laying eggs in the filters. So to prove
or disprove this, I put the lid in a zippered gallon bag. So far no flies
in there.

Meanwhile I have been trapping the flies using bananas and zippered bags.
This seems to be the best type of trap I've found. But I don't want to
keep trapping them.

And for the next few days I am going back to putting the food down the
sink, or wrapped in the trash. I am not using the bin. I want to start
fresh and fruit fly free.

So my question is... Does anyone know of a way to keep the flies off of
the bin? They don't seem to actually be getting inside of it but they are
going in and out of the holes on the lid.

I think I may write to my waste collection company and ask them what to do
as well.



Set out a small bowl with about a half cup of apple cider vinegar and a few
drops of liquid dishwashing soap in it in an inconspicuous place in the
room. You would be surprised how many of them are in your house, if you have
houseplants etc. Someone said that on another group, and it really works.

Cheri

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On Oct 26, 7:29*pm, "Julie Bove" wrote:
I asked this elsewhere but thought I would try it here as well. *I have just
been told that composting is mandatory in San Francisco and it is also in
Seattle. *Here, it is not mandatory yet but I suspect will be soon. *Now
they are just asking us to do this.

Food scraps, peelings, spoiled food, etc. must go in a bio bag. *This is an
easily compostable corn based bag. *It is then put in our yard waste bin.

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"Cheri" wrote in message
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"Julie Bove" wrote in message
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I asked this elsewhere but thought I would try it here as well. I have
just been told that composting is mandatory in San Francisco and it is
also in Seattle. Here, it is not mandatory yet but I suspect will be
soon. Now they are just asking us to do this.

Food scraps, peelings, spoiled food, etc. must go in a bio bag. This is
an easily compostable corn based bag. It is then put in our yard waste
bin. We are to purchase or in some way get a container to put in the
kitchen to hold the food.

I have a metal can designed for such purposes. It has two filters in the
lid. I am doing everything like they say. Keeping it clean, emptying it
daily, etc.

The problem? Fruit flies. Tons of them all over the bin.

I have read online to put a coffee filter in the lid of the bin between
the lid and the filter. I will have to buy some and try this. I have
also read that the flies might be laying eggs in the filters. So to
prove or disprove this, I put the lid in a zippered gallon bag. So far
no flies in there.

Meanwhile I have been trapping the flies using bananas and zippered bags.
This seems to be the best type of trap I've found. But I don't want to
keep trapping them.

And for the next few days I am going back to putting the food down the
sink, or wrapped in the trash. I am not using the bin. I want to start
fresh and fruit fly free.

So my question is... Does anyone know of a way to keep the flies off of
the bin? They don't seem to actually be getting inside of it but they
are going in and out of the holes on the lid.

I think I may write to my waste collection company and ask them what to
do as well.



Set out a small bowl with about a half cup of apple cider vinegar and a
few drops of liquid dishwashing soap in it in an inconspicuous place in
the room. You would be surprised how many of them are in your house, if
you have houseplants etc. Someone said that on another group, and it
really works.


That didn't work at all. I tried it many times. The rim of the bowl would
be covered but only maybe one or two ventured in.

For me the banana in the bag works the best. I just check it every couple
of hours, zip the bag and smash the bugs. You have to remember to replace
the banana and bag daily because they breed very quickly.


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"Ricavito" wrote in message
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On Oct 26, 7:29 pm, "Julie Bove" wrote:
I asked this elsewhere but thought I would try it here as well. I have
just
been told that composting is mandatory in San Francisco and it is also in
Seattle. Here, it is not mandatory yet but I suspect will be soon. Now
they are just asking us to do this.

Food scraps, peelings, spoiled food, etc. must go in a bio bag. This is an
easily compostable corn based bag. It is then put in our yard waste bin.
We are to purchase or in some way get a container to put in the kitchen to
hold the food.

I have a metal can designed for such purposes. It has two filters in the
lid. I am doing everything like they say. Keeping it clean, emptying it
daily, etc.

The problem? Fruit flies. Tons of them all over the bin.

I have read online to put a coffee filter in the lid of the bin between
the
lid and the filter. I will have to buy some and try this. I have also read
that the flies might be laying eggs in the filters. So to prove or
disprove
this, I put the lid in a zippered gallon bag. So far no flies in there.

Meanwhile I have been trapping the flies using bananas and zippered bags.
This seems to be the best type of trap I've found. But I don't want to
keep
trapping them.

And for the next few days I am going back to putting the food down the
sink,
or wrapped in the trash. I am not using the bin. I want to start fresh and
fruit fly free.

So my question is... Does anyone know of a way to keep the flies off of
the
bin? They don't seem to actually be getting inside of it but they are
going
in and out of the holes on the lid.

I think I may write to my waste collection company and ask them what to do
as well.

Thanks!


Hi Julie,

For the last year or so I've been keeping a small 1 gallon bin on my
kitchen counter and I put anything compostable in it (coffee grounds,
tea bags, vegetable and fruit peelings). I empty it into a homemade
compost bin in the back yard.

My kitchen bin has a flip top lid with a removable bucket and it is
certainly doesn't seal off even a little. I had only a very few
instances of fruit fries indoors this summer when the weather was hot
and stuff like melon rinds would go in the bin. I do empty coffee
grounds into the bin daily, so maybe that did help. Since we use the
compost in the garden, we don't put spoiled food in it, and no bones
or meat scraps, dairy products, grease or oils. I don't know if some
of that is allowable in your bin and might attract more flies.

So, I doubt I've helped at all, but thought I would at least tell you
my experience, lol. Composting is smart thing to do and I expect we
will all have to deal with it at some point. I hope you find a good
solution!

We are supposed to put meat. We never have bones so don't know about that.
And no grease, although I suppose with meat and some foods there would be
some grease. The coffee grounds might help. Don't know since we never have
any.




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"Cheri" wrote in message


Set out a small bowl with about a half cup of apple cider vinegar and a
few drops of liquid dishwashing soap in it in an inconspicuous place in
the room. You would be surprised how many of them are in your house, if
you have houseplants etc. Someone said that on another group, and it
really works.


That didn't work at all. I tried it many times. The rim of the bowl
would be covered but only maybe one or two ventured in.



You need to use a shallow saucer or bowl. It does work if you do it right.

Cheri

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"Cheri" wrote in message
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"Julie Bove" wrote in message
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"Cheri" wrote in message


Set out a small bowl with about a half cup of apple cider vinegar and a
few drops of liquid dishwashing soap in it in an inconspicuous place in
the room. You would be surprised how many of them are in your house, if
you have houseplants etc. Someone said that on another group, and it
really works.


That didn't work at all. I tried it many times. The rim of the bowl
would be covered but only maybe one or two ventured in.



You need to use a shallow saucer or bowl. It does work if you do it right.


Hmmm... I don't remember the type of bowl I used. At any rate, I don't
need to know how to trap them since my traps that I use work very well. I
need to know how to keep the flies off of the bin.


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"Julie Bove" wrote in message
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Hmmm... I don't remember the type of bowl I used. At any rate, I don't
need to know how to trap them since my traps that I use work very well. I
need to know how to keep the flies off of the bin.


OK

Cheri

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Cheri wrote:
"Julie Bove" wrote in message
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I asked this elsewhere but thought I would try it here as well. I
have just been told that composting is mandatory in San Francisco and
it is also in Seattle. Here, it is not mandatory yet but I suspect
will be soon. Now they are just asking us to do this.

Food scraps, peelings, spoiled food, etc. must go in a bio bag. This
is an easily compostable corn based bag. It is then put in our yard
waste bin. We are to purchase or in some way get a container to put in
the kitchen to hold the food.

I have a metal can designed for such purposes. It has two filters in
the lid. I am doing everything like they say. Keeping it clean,
emptying it daily, etc.

The problem? Fruit flies. Tons of them all over the bin.

I have read online to put a coffee filter in the lid of the bin
between the lid and the filter. I will have to buy some and try
this. I have also read that the flies might be laying eggs in the
filters. So to prove or disprove this, I put the lid in a zippered
gallon bag. So far no flies in there.

Meanwhile I have been trapping the flies using bananas and zippered
bags. This seems to be the best type of trap I've found. But I don't
want to keep trapping them.

And for the next few days I am going back to putting the food down the
sink, or wrapped in the trash. I am not using the bin. I want to
start fresh and fruit fly free.

So my question is... Does anyone know of a way to keep the flies off
of the bin? They don't seem to actually be getting inside of it but
they are going in and out of the holes on the lid.

I think I may write to my waste collection company and ask them what
to do as well.



Set out a small bowl with about a half cup of apple cider vinegar and a
few drops of liquid dishwashing soap in it in an inconspicuous place in
the room. You would be surprised how many of them are in your house, if
you have houseplants etc. Someone said that on another group, and it
really works.

Cheri


yup, i have to vouch for this method, it really does work

or...... put the compost material bin outside?

k
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"Tiger Lily" wrote in message
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Cheri wrote:
"Julie Bove" wrote in message
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I asked this elsewhere but thought I would try it here as well. I have
just been told that composting is mandatory in San Francisco and it is
also in Seattle. Here, it is not mandatory yet but I suspect will be
soon. Now they are just asking us to do this.

Food scraps, peelings, spoiled food, etc. must go in a bio bag. This is
an easily compostable corn based bag. It is then put in our yard waste
bin. We are to purchase or in some way get a container to put in the
kitchen to hold the food.

I have a metal can designed for such purposes. It has two filters in
the lid. I am doing everything like they say. Keeping it clean,
emptying it daily, etc.

The problem? Fruit flies. Tons of them all over the bin.

I have read online to put a coffee filter in the lid of the bin between
the lid and the filter. I will have to buy some and try this. I have
also read that the flies might be laying eggs in the filters. So to
prove or disprove this, I put the lid in a zippered gallon bag. So far
no flies in there.

Meanwhile I have been trapping the flies using bananas and zippered
bags. This seems to be the best type of trap I've found. But I don't
want to keep trapping them.

And for the next few days I am going back to putting the food down the
sink, or wrapped in the trash. I am not using the bin. I want to start
fresh and fruit fly free.

So my question is... Does anyone know of a way to keep the flies off of
the bin? They don't seem to actually be getting inside of it but they
are going in and out of the holes on the lid.

I think I may write to my waste collection company and ask them what to
do as well.



Set out a small bowl with about a half cup of apple cider vinegar and a
few drops of liquid dishwashing soap in it in an inconspicuous place in
the room. You would be surprised how many of them are in your house, if
you have houseplants etc. Someone said that on another group, and it
really works.

Cheri


yup, i have to vouch for this method, it really does work

or...... put the compost material bin outside?


Well it didn't work at all when I tried it and I tried it several times.
The rotten banana in a bag did work though. Wonderfully!

I have solved the problem of the compost bin. Simply put a coffee filter in
between the filter and the lid. I read this on the Internet after much
searching.




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