How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies and Gnats In The House?

Method 2: Natural Repellents For Fruit Flies

Rather than applying remedies and getting rid of fruit flies, prevent them from entering into the house by using natural repellents. Here are a few to make a note of:

6. Basil Leaves Repel Fruit Flies


  • Take a few basil leaves (dried) and keep them in a muslin or cheesecloth. Tie it properly.
  • Hang this near the doors or windows to prevent flies from entering the house.
  • Whenever the leaves lose their aroma, replace it with new dried leaves.

How Does This Work?

Basil: Any basil plant variety works as a repellent. The best thing about basil leaves is that they don’t have to be crushed to emit the insect-repelling compounds. They emit the aroma without even crushing them.  The essential compound that helps keep the flies at bay is Eugenol.

Also Read: Herbal Plants To Give As Gifts

7. Natural Lemon Grass Spray


  • Take 10 to 12 drops of lemon grass oil and pour it in a clean, spray bottle.
  • Next, add 1/4 cup of hot water (not boiling) and close the lid.
  • Shake the bottle well. Spray this mixture onto the window and door frames.

How Does This Work?

Lemongrass: The essential oil extracted from lemongrass is extensively used for aromatherapy, cooking, teas, cosmetics, and other medicinal preparations. However, it naturally has some insecticidal properties as well. The primary components of lemongrass include geraniol, citral, citronellol, limonene, and myrcene. The compound citral gives the lemongrass essential oil its tangy, lemony fragrance, which works the best for repelling insects.

8. Use Camphor To Repel Flies & Small Insects

Procedure 1:

  • Take a small plate and heat it. Once heated, place two camphor tablets on it.
  • Keep this plate in a region where there are flies.
  • The heat will soon cause the camphor tablets to release smoke, which in turn repels flies.

 Procedure 2:

  • Take a bowl (shallow) and pour some hot water into it.
  • Drop two camphor tablets into the hot water and stir well.
  • Keep the bowl in a fly-infested region to repel.

How Does This Work?

Camphor: A waxy, white, dry substance that is made from the wood of laurel tree. It has a pungent taste and strong odour. It exhibits antispasmodic, stimulant, decongestant, antiseptic, sedative, anaesthetic, disinfectant, insecticidal, and anti-inflammatory properties. The aromatic compounds in camphor – citral & menthol – are well-known insect repellents.

Note: Avoid using camphor if you are pregnant. It can cause some side effects after inhaling.

9. Green Apple Soap


  • Take a jar filled with a ½ cup of water.
  • Add two tablespoons of liquid soap of flavor — “green apple”.
  • Mix the solution well.
  • Keep it in a place where flies gather the most.

How Does This Work?

Green Apple: There is a good reason why a lot of brands manufacture soaps using green apples. Their aromatic compounds Methyl butyrate and Methyl butanoate are well known to repel small insects as well as flies. So, once you keep this solution-filled jar, flies get attracted to it, but once they are in, the liquid soap will drown them to death.

10. Grow Peppermint Plants Around The House

natural remedies for fruit flies

Like basil, peppermint plants are one of the best ways to get rid of fruit flies. It not only keeps the air fresh but also adds a beautiful look to the house. The compound menthol in mint acts as an insect repellent here.

Additional Tips To Note:

  • Always keep your home hygienic and clean.
  • Keep the lid of dustbin closed always.
  • Do not keep cut fruits outside. Refrigerate them instead.
  • Avoid over-watering the plants, as they are one of the primary reasons to welcome flies.
  • Dispose the trash on a daily basis far away, from where you live.

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