Monday, August 8, 2011

A Basil In My Kitchen

Those tiny little fruit flies are pestering my kitchen! It is the summer after all, although it feels like it is already autumn. It is kind of warm inside the house and I have a stock of fruits too - kiwis, apples, peaches, bananas. Why? My little daughter would just ask for them at random times during the day. She has a liking for peaches these days and they are always the second ones to attract fly attention, the first being bananas.

So, I don't want to use harsh chemicals to get rid of them. They are after all not really dangerous. I just don't like the idea of them swarming in my kitchen. That is just something I cannot stand. Trying to find an answer on how to get rid of fruit flies naturally, I went to the one person who always has the answers to any kind of question: Mr. Google.

And so here are the tips that I got on how to get rid of them naturally:

1. Remove all the possible locations where they can swarm like open bins, a fruit tray with overripe fruits in it, damp and moist spots. Denying them of a breeding ground will eventually shoo them away.

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2. Flies don't like basil. Place basil leaves in your fruit basket or a pot or two of basil in your kitchen counter top. Place it near your fruit basket.

3. Prepare a solution of two ounces of hot water and ten drops of lemongrass oil. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray around your kitchen and your home. This will help get rid of them in an environment-friendly and safe way.

4. Vinegar will also help. Try putting some apple cider vinegar in a small container. Add a bit of your dishwashing liquid into it. Place it in a location where they tend to swarm and wait. The vinegar smell will attract them and will eventually lead them to the trap. Flies can't swim, can they? Lol!

So I guess tomorrow I am gonna buy a pot of basil in my kitchen. Then maybe if I feel like eating gourmet food, I can also experiment. Maybe I can even learn how to make pesto! I wish!


2 comments:

Jona said...

wow i didn't know that basil can shoo flies. but now that i know, and since i plan to grow basils in our garden, i can put a pot or two in my kitchen too. thanks for sharing Kikamz :D

kikamz said...

Hi Jona! I also learned about it just now, when I was trying to find natural ways to get rid of fruit flies. Let's see if it works...

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