I had them in my tat once because of a plant I brought home. So what ya do is buy a big bottle of wine (Iprefer merlot) and pour about a half glass and set it where they are at, drink the rest of the wine, and the fruit flys will drowned in the half glass. It works very well for all involved
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Sept 4, 2010 9:27:19 GMT -5
Well, what I did (at Sue's suggestion) was put cups around the house with vinegar and water in them. The flies were attracted to them, got in and drowned. I imagine the wine probably works better since they apparently breed in alcohol (what fruit becomes when it goes bad anyway). I also bought fly-tapes and at one point I was holding out stretched long and my son would help "herd" the fruit flies right on to the tape. I also stopped keeping a "compost" bowl in the house and kept less food trash in the bag (just took it straight to the compost pile outside). We still have one or two around, but it has taken a while to get rid of them completely.
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Post by millerfamily on Sept 7, 2010 8:37:05 GMT -5
Well went groceries shopping with the fam this weekend. That was a mistake. Spent to much but I had an ulterior ultimatum. I got frozen berries fresh fruit and a coconut. The kids thought the frozen fruit was for smoothies. Not. Why do we need a fresh coconut my wife asked? I said for the crabs. Reading all this on saturday I already knew how to open it but she didn't know and asked the in-laws how to open it. I said I'll drill it for the milk then smash it and freeze it. Or saw it, and make a coco hut. The expressions on her face were the ones you just had to be there for. Fruit fly's... I like the wine idea. Add a small amount into a cup and drink the rest. ;D Makes for a great day. ;D
oh yes i think it takes at least two bottles of wine to get rid of each fruit fly.. one for you, two for me..lol.. I wanted to mention you can add the husk or shell of the coco nut with the fruit on it, the crabs like to munch on the shell stings or plant matter too. I freeze it in chunks with the shell.. to much trouble to get it all out of the shell.. I like to keep the big pieces of shell for when i need a dish with something wet so when they are finished i can toss it dish and all..
Post by Ookami-Meggle on Sept 8, 2010 13:17:56 GMT -5
Haha I just gave my guys(both tanks) a big hunk of thawed out frozen coconut and thins morning it looked like a rabbit had been munching on it. XDD BIG chunks missing(even for 20 crabs(and three in the other tank).
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Coco nut is very important for the crabs. Its a great way for them to put on fat before molts and to grow. In the wild its very much a staple. They eat the meat, drink the milk, and eat the outside string like stuff on the outer shell. Tannins and fiber are great in the coco husk for the crabs diet. Crabs also have a sweet tooth so that is satisified with coco nut too.
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