Fruit Flies? Ask Annie

Dear Annie,
How do I get rid of those pesky fruit flies? –Richard, VA

Dear Richard,
Very ripe fruit always seems to draw fruit flies and they seem to pop in out of nowhere! One way to eliminate them is to remove ripe fruit. If the fruit isn’t rotten and can still be eaten, put it in the fridge or make a fruit salad, to use it up. Otherwise, the old folk formula for deterring fruit flies is basil. You can buy basil oil in health food stores. It is in the essential oil section. Add 1 teaspoon to one cup of water in a spray bottle, and spray the area. Another idea would be to put some potted basil plants on the kitchen counter near the fruit. Good luck!

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Monica May
Monica May2 years ago

did not know this...and love basil!

Bmr Reddy
Bmr Reddy2 years ago


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Charli S.
Charlotte S.3 years ago

Get the sticky fly traps that hang from the ceiling and put those where ever they are. I also keep a jar of water covered with plastic wrap with a small hole in the top they can get in but can't get out. They will feed on anything including bread.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Fly swatter.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam3 years ago


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

thank you