I’m a bug nerd – my top tips for banishing fruit flies from your home, including tackling a sneaky spot where they breed

A self-proclaimed bug nerd shared her top tips for keeping fruit flies out of the kitchen.

The content creator has also revealed the spot in your home where the pests like to breed.

TikTok user Esther shares her top tips for keeping fruit flies out of your home


TikTok user Esther shares her top tips for keeping fruit flies out of your homeCredit: TikTok/esthersdoll

In her VideoTikTok user Esther (@esthersdoll) explained the small changes you can make to eliminate fruit flies from your home.

As a first tip, the TikToker advised viewers to put away fruit and vegetables.

“Anything that can ferment, the smell can attract them,” Esther explained.

She continued, “Put it in the fridge, you can take it out once your problem is solved.”

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“You can let your bananas ripen on the counter until you’re happy with how ripe they are and then put them away,” Esther said.

“It actually slows down the ripening process, you can keep your bananas a little longer and you don’t have flies,” she added.

Esther also recommended eliminating damp products or standing water in your home.

She suggested putting items like your kitchen sponge or washcloth in Ziploc bags when you’re not using them.

Esther told her followers, “Dry out your kitchen sink completely and make sure it’s completely dry.”

“If you don’t want to do the dishes today, just make sure there’s no water in it,” she said.

“If you’ve used a mop lately, make sure the mop is put away [flies] “I can’t get to it,” Esther said.

She explained: “The reason for this is that fruit flies can lay their eggs on anything that is even slightly damp. They can lay 500 eggs at a time, so you don’t want them laying eggs in your house.”

As a final tip, Esther shared the area of ​​your kitchen that flies are attracted to.

“Another thing I would highly recommend is checking the seal between your fridge and the door,” she said.

Esther showed viewers her own fridge and explained: “This bad boy right here can get super yummy and they love the smell of it.”

“They love it when it’s humid and not as cold as the rest of your fridge so they can go in and hang out,” she said.

Esther also advised against setting traps for fruit flies as they can often attract more pests.

Esther recommended checking the inside of your fridge doors for fruit flies


Esther recommended checking the inside of your fridge doors for fruit fliesCredit: TikTok/esthersdoll

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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