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Getting Rid of Fruit Flies


Today I have a quick tip for getting rid of the common kitchen nuisance: fruit flies.

These obnoxious little creatures have annoyed me for years but I figured out a way to get rid of them with this simple two step procedure.

Step One:  Always keep your bananas inside a bag.  I have a small cloth bag that I always put the bananas in as soon as I bring them home from the grocery store.  That way if there are any fruit flies on the bananas they won’t have free reign of your house.

Step Two:  Always put all your fruit and vegetable peelings and any green compost into a bag and store it in the freezer.  Only haul it out of the freezer when you are emptying your kitchen garbage out into your larger garbage bin.

The reason for keeping any compost in your freezer is this: if you throw your vegetable peels into the kitchen garbage you are creating the perfect environment for fruit flies…rotting food at room temperature…mmmm num num the fruit flies love it.

So remove the perfect conditions from your house.  Keep all your fruit and veggie bits and pieces in the freezer.  I just reuse one of the plastic bags that the veggies came in and I usually fill one of those up in a week.   Then whenever the kitchen garbage is being emptied I take out a frozen bag of compost, tie up the garbage so it is thoroughly sealed then bring out to the larger garbage bin.

Examples of what to keep in the freezer are:  used tea bags, banana peels, fruit and veggie peels, apple cores, etc.  You get the idea.

I’ve been doing this for a year and a half and I can’t remember the last time I saw a fruit fly.

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