How to get rid of fruit flies

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Got fruit flies?

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fruit fly image by furtwangl @ Flickr

I try to post things as they happen, almost on a moment-by-moment basis. What has social media done to us? Sometimes it’s an “OMG!” moment, and sometimes it’s a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment.

This post is the latter.

I have fruit flies. I have fruit flies year round because we seem to pretty much live on fresh fruit – so fruit flies are like unwelcome permanent house guests.

BUT … I have the answer!

Today I took a glass spray bottle and filled it almost full with water, then added about 10 drops of a repellant blend containing a proprietary mix of essential oils such as Cedarwood, Citronella, Lavender, Thyme, Lemongrass, and Eucalyptus. This is a known insect repellant blend that you would use on your body to repel bugs, so why wouldn’t it work for those pesky fruit flies?

I’m here to report that IT WORKS!

And costs just pennies. I use just 10 drops per spray bottle (which lasts a while!), that’s 25 spray bottles full from a 15ml bottle of oil!

I’ll still have my apple cider vinegar traps strategically placed around the kitchen, but I now count on this repellant blend to keep them away from the fruit in the first place!  Well played, essential oils … well played.

Beyond fruit flies

You can also use this repellant blend as a personal bug spray. You can mix it with lavender to help protect against the sun. And – get this – it makes an excellent polish for your wood furniture when mixed into fractionated coconut oil!

Fruit fly image by furtwangl @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)


  1. What did you spray it on? The counters?

    • Hi Stacy. I spray it on the counters, I wash the fruit in it, and just generally spray it in the air.

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