Noticed fruit flies buzzing around your kitchen counters? Here’s how to get them to buzz off:
First shut the doors and windows to let outdoor flies know that the buffet is closed. (Don’t rely on screens; fruit flies can fit through the holes.) Next, spritz the areas where you’ve seen them, including the bottoms of trash cans and cracks in the floorboards, with all-purpose cleaner, then wipe with a paper towel. This will rid your home of decaying organic matter, which is what attracts flies and is where they breed. And next time you put out food, stick an oscillating fan near the dishes to discourage flies from landing. Finally, adhere to a stringent cleaning routine. Scrub trash cans weekly, take out the garbage often, and mop the floor and wipe down the counter every night.
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