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Fruit Flies? Ask Annie

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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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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12:11PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013


10:39AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

did not know this...and love basil!

4:33AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013


1:15AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013


8:21PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

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.

10:46AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012


9:47PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Fly swatter.

9:33PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012


7:28AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:14AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

thank you

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