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4 Ways to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Keep your home pest-free with these tips


Many homeowners are opening their doors and windows to deal with the scorching heat. Unfortunately, this provides an entrance for fruit flies to prey on your kitchen and your precious food. Here are a few easy tricks to keep these unwelcomed guests at bay, using nothing more than items you already have at home!

Main photo from: The Krazy Coupon Lady.

Clean out your drains

Fruit flies tend to reproduce and breed in icky drains, so cleaning it regularly will keep them from ever coming out. Pour a one is to one mixture of vinegar and boiling water down your kitchen drains at least twice a week to nip the problem in the bud.

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Keep your kitchen spic and span

Yes, you cover and store your food properly—but stoves and kitchen countertops with oil and food residue can encourage fruit flies to stick around. Wipe down stovetops with mineral oil, and for your countertops, use warm water and a gentle dish soap.

Photo from The Krazy Coupon Lady.

Use items in the kitchen

Slice lemons in half, and add clove spices to them—the resulting smell is going to send fruit flies in the opposite direction. This is also a great hack for outdoor dinner parties. As for your drinks, use disposable cupcake liners if you don’t have drink covers handy.

Source: The Subtle Revelry and One Crazy House

Work with apple cider vinegar

An apple (cider vinegar) a day keeps the flies away. Fill an empty bottle or jar with a small amount of apple cider vinegar, then add pieces of fruit—preferably overripe or rotting—to place inside your trap. For the top, use a piece of paper as a funnel to keep flies from coming back out. You may need to repeat this process several times.

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