Prevent fruit flies indoor plants

Prevent fruit flies indoor plants

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Prevent fruit flies indoor plants give you a easy and effective way to curb the population of fruit flies, and to control the population, this works every time.

On my last blog I talked about 5 home remedies for fruit flies. It’s been a while since I wrote that and I noticed that now my fruit fly issue is more of a household problem instead of a “one time issue” for the home. I honestly feel like we’ve been getting these flies for a very long time now, like since we first moved here, but it’s only now that they are really out of control.

I have absolutely no idea what we’ve been doing to cause the invasion of the tiny little pests in our household but it’s a constant battle. When I took a look in my fridge there were about three dead fruit flies in there so it’s safe to assume that most of them have died within the past few weeks, which is what really got me thinking. It’s extremely frustrating having to clean the fridge out every time you go to make yourself a smoothie or salad.

I read a post about home remedies for fruit flies a few weeks ago and thought about it for a while before I decided to try some of them out. I didn’t want to make the mistake of spraying my hands with insect spray and then washing off when I was done but also wasn’t about to dive into making my own anti-fruit fly sprays either.

I thought it would be a simple solution to just pop in a couple of plants in our house and see what happens. I tested a few of the home remedies I found on other blogs and decided on the organic essential oil of lavender as my main solution.I’m definitely no qualified homeopathic medicine expert or anything but it seemed to be doing the job so I put the rest of them out to the side for now.

If you can’t buy the essential oil of lavender at your local store you can make your own using this process.

Making lavender oil

Begin by filling a large pot with water and heating it on medium high. You should bring the water to the boil before adding the lavender. Once the water is boiling allow the water to boil for about 2 hours.

After two hours of boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer. Use a large measuring cup or a melon baller to remove the petals of the lavender and drop them into the water.

Allow the petals to infuse in the water for another hour. After an hour, remove the pot from the stove and use a ladle or some other large utensil to fish out the petals.

After an hour of infusing, the petals are ready for extraction. Pull the pot off the heat and allow the petals to cool in the water for 30 minutes. Using a glass coffee filter or a piece of filter paper, strain the water out of the lavender.

You can leave the petals to sit in the filter paper for up to one week but I would suggest leaving it in the fridge for at least two weeks. Once the petals have been in the fridge for at least two weeks remove them from the paper and allow them to air dry.

When the petals are dry, remove the petals from the paper and crush them in a pestle and mortar or a coffee grinder. You can use a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder but I find that using a mortar and pestle is much more effective as you can crush the petals more thoroughly than a coffee grinder. You should end up with something that looks like black powder.

If you are using a mortar and pestle then you should clean the mortar before using it again, I’ve included a recipe for a pestle and mortar cleaning solution below.

Using a cotton ball or similar clean cloth, spray the lavender oil you’ve made.Allow the cotton ball to sit on a warm surface for 5-10 minutes before you start infusing your plants.

I placed the cotton ball on the underside of the leaves of my potted plants. I did this simply because it looked the most aesthetically pleasing and it also provided a good amount of coverage without the lid of the pot obscuring the cloth. I would recommend experimenting a little to find what works best for you.

I don’t know how much the pesto will help with repelling the flies but I’ve only used it once so far and can’t really comment on it. I have no idea if it even works at all but it did seem to deter the fruit flies from landing on my plants.

How often have you gone to clean the fruit fly trap in your kitchen?

I would love to hear your home remedies for fruit flies. Leave a comment below and share your best tips for keeping these tiny little pests under control.

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t posted much lately. Yes, I’ve been busy and I’ve been working and not taking much time to think about the blog. I’m still planning to post some home remedies for fruit flies. I can’t promise when but I do hope to have some before the end of the month. If there is one thing that has been keeping me up at night lately it’s those fruit flies.

Cant tell you how annoying it is to have to clean out the fridge every