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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-06-2009, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question fruit flies in my rats cage

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i am a tiny bit of an over active cleaner, not to the point of it being a flaw though. i change my rats bedding every 3 to 4 days, sometimes sooner if they spilled alittle yogurt or it smells for other reasons. i change the water bottle every day and i take out any uneaten fresh veg or fruit every morning and replace it. and i bleach it then rince it off every 2 weeks, yet still fruit flies come back to the cage
is there any way to get rid of them?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2009, 05:22 PM
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Have u checked under the cage or on the walls or floors for any kind of smell that could be attracting them?

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Fruit flies hang around moldy windows and walls Ive noticed. It may not be that your cage is attracting them in the first place but they probably appreciate the free food in the cages. Check for leaks or cracks in the walls and windows
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2009, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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yeah i will check the windows. and i have a powdered metal cage, no wood or anything in the cage. and after i clean it, it never smells
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2009, 10:02 PM
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Ok, Im placing my money on you having a drafty window.. Good luck
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2009, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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i checked out the window we have abit of mildew on the ledge i took the rats away from the window and sprayed it down with bleach hoping it would kill the fruit flies
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-08-2009, 01:42 PM
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Fruit flies, phorid flies, and other species of small gnat-looking type things can appear from just about any amount of moisture. Sometimes it's stunning just how little it takes for them to survive... I have fruit eating pets, so keeping the fruit flies under control is a constant challenge.

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