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.
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.”
“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.