5 Essential Oil Remedies to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Use these 5 essential oils to get rid of fruit flies. Those things are annoying and you’d just hit them with a fly swatter (if you could). But why even bother putting so much work into it. You can just use essential oils to passively kick them out.

Using essential oils to get rid of fruit flies such as these.


Fruit flies, and many pests just don’t like the citrus smell. Lemongrass has a hint of that, as well as a unique scent of its own.  I don’t know why they despise it so much (because I find it refreshing), but I do know it works. That’s all I need to know.

You can use lemongrass essential oil and soak them in cotton balls. Place the cotton balls around the house. You can even use fresh lemon grass, but I find the oil to be stronger and more potent.


Once again, I love the scent of lavender…but the flies don’t. That makes it a double win for me. I can lay out an all-natural air freshener, and keep the fruit flies away. I like to use the cotton ball method describe above.

I also like to hang them in small disposable tea bags around the house. You can even decorate it a little some ribbon for appeals.


Cloves are excellent, natural repellents for fruit flies and the essential oils are even more effective because of their more potent smell.

There’s just something about cloves that keeps the flies away. A few drops of clove essential oil are enough keep them out of the kitchen and other areas where you’d like them to stay away from. You can also just leave the bottle open, but I find that a little wasteful.

Peppermint, Basil and Eucalyptus

If a single essential oil is enough to keep them away, then surely a good concoction will increase the effect right? RIGHT! Mix equal parts of peppermint oil, basil oil and eucalyptus essential oils together to get a very potent repellent.

Peppermint oil is a very powerful pest repellent and it works on on sorts of common household pests. According to Pests Off, it even works on mice. So in the fight against pests, having a bottle of peppermint essential oils highly beneficial.

In fact, if you were dead set on using essential oils to get rid of fruit flies, then this is the solution I would recommend. All three are more than capable of repelling flies already. But when you combine them all together, you get some powerful, natural solution.

Camphor, Lavender, Peppermint and Clove

This is another very effective mixture for keeping fruit flies away. You might question why this isn’t my recommend solution since it appears to have more effective ingredients.

That’s because it requires one too many ingredients. It definitely works, but I’ve found no evidence that it works much better than the sampler mixture above.

While you can use these five essential oils to get rid of fruit flies and they work well by keeping them away, it just doesn’t kill them.  To do that, you’ll have to use a cheap bottle of wine (or some of the other natural methods here). Poor a little into an open container and leave it out. The scent of the wine will draw them to drink it and the alcohol content will kill them.