Commercial fruit fly repellent sprays are filled with dangerous chemicals that are best not used near food or areas where food is prepared. They can also be toxic to humans, and also pets. Making a homemade fruit fly repellent instead is easy.
Just prepare the following:
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup baby oil
- 1/4 cup original Pinesol
- 1 tablespoon dish soap
- 1 tablespoon Skin So Soft
- 1 cup water
- Spray bottle
- Clean particles as well as crumbs in the kitchen area. Empty any trash cans and get rid of any fruit that may be out on the counters.
- Mix together all the substances from vinegar to water. The vinegar could be any kind but a cheap apple cider or white vinegar will be fine. You can simply pour the mixture into the spray bottle, shaking it well to evenly mix the products. Products such as vinegar, bay leaves and citronella give off additional tough acidic smells that act as a natural fruit fly repellent.
- Spray mixture onto infested areas. The mixture can be used on cooking surfaces as well as an air spray. You can also spray it on your pets to repel the fruit flies. Misting it outdoors will also help to repel them. This type of homemade fruit fly repellent is safe and non-toxic, and is made up of common household items.