5 Effective DIY Ways To Eliminate Fruit Flies

By Stephen M

Buying foodstuff, fruits, and ingredients in bulk is the most effective way to manage your home and time. It saves you money, frequent trips to grocery shops, and having to stay in long traffic. However, buying fruits or vegetable in bulk sometimes come with its own downsides; having to get rid of fruit flies. Dealing with these flies can be frustrating, and I believe you’ve had such an encounter before. This shouldn’t however, stop you from buying in bulk as there are several DIY methods to take out these flies.

Identify the type of Fly

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Before you try to find a solution, first identify the type of fly you are dealing with. This can help you find the appropriate solution to the problem. The fact that inserts are hovering over your fruits does not necessarily mean they are fruit flies.  Fruit flies resemble other types of flies and getting rid of them may vary. After confirming they are fruit flies, you can now device a strategy.

Keep the area clean

Cleanliness is an effective way of getting rid of inserts and pests. Always make sure that your kitchen is clean and free from leftovers. As you know, leftover attracts flies.

Employ nice natural scents

Surprisingly, fruit flies are allergic to nice smells including scents from cloves, lemongrass, lavender and peppermint among others. You can dry any of the aforementioned and put keep them around your fruits. Alternatively, get an essential oil of any of the mentioned and put it in a diffuser. Aside from turning away the flies, it will enhance the smell of your home.

Remove rotten fruits

As soon as you realize that some of your fruits and veggies have gone bad, remove them. Rotten foods attract inserts and they become their breeding grounds. Remember to keep that garbage bin filled with rotten foods outside and well cover since it may also attract flies.

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Cover the fruits

Covering your fruits and vegetable with plastic wrap, or cloth reduces the scents to the outside environment. As such, the probability of them attracting inserts becomes very low.