3 Ways to Repel Fruit Flies | At Home With P. Allen Smith

3 Ways to Repel Fruit Flies | At Home With P. Allen Smith


Hey, let me show you how to keep fruit flies
on the run and out of your life. I really find fruit flies annoying. If you keep fruit
around, they just show up. They just — out of nowhere, seemingly. But, you know, there’s
some ways you can repel them. One thing to do is just take eucalyptus — it’s one of
several herbs that they do not like. You can take the leaves of eucalyptus and just drop
it down in your fruit bowl in the bottom, and it’ll repel them. You can use oregano,
thyme, spearmint. And lavender works just as well, or you can mix them all together
and really confuse them and send them on the run. Of course, the first thing you ought
to do is remove any rotted fruit. They really go for the stuff that’s getting mushy, so
you don’t want it around. But one way to take care of getting rid of them is to just take
a bottle of wine, if you have a little bit left. They seem to go for like pinot noir
this year. Just set it out like that, and what happens is the little devils do a kamikaze
dive right into the wine. They can’t find their way back out, and they die a very blissful
death. You can see them swimming around doing the backstroke, and then, beep, they’re gone.
And then once they’re all out of your house, throw away the bottle and don’t bring anymore
soft, rotten fruit in the house. Now another way, which is similar to this catch and drown
in wine technique, is just to take some apple cider vinegar and pour it in a low bowl, just
one cup, and take some Saran Wrap, just take a plastic food wrap, and stretch it across
where it’s tight like a drum. Once you have the cellophane across the top, and it’s tight
like this, air tight all the way around, just take a tooth pick and puncture some holes
like this. All you need are about six or seven. And the fruit flies will smell the apple cider
vinegar, and they’ll crawl down in there, go for the vinegar and try to get back out.
Usually, they drown in the vinegar, and they’ll never find their way out of one of those little
holes. So with these techniques, you shouldn’t have any more fruit flies in your house. Give
them a try. Hey, I’m all about making your life easier. If you like these little tips,
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a bunch of fruit flies in this one.