Fruit Flies? Ask Annie
How do I get rid of those pesky fruit flies? –Richard, VA
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!