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Kill Fruit Flies With Thieves Household Cleaner

Author: Catherine E.
Date: 11-07-2004
Views: 13,066
Word Count: 228
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 464-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 1

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Since buying a bag of apples at the supermarket in September, I have been troubled by fruit flies. What a nuisance and health hazard.

So I decided to dilute the Thieves Household Cleaner in a spray bottle. Then I washed down all surfaces in my kitchen. Once they dried, I followed up with a diluted Peppermint oil solution, which I left on. This would last for about two days, but then the flies would be back.

I began spraying the diluted Peppermint whenever I thought of it, even in the air- because that is how I got rid of carpenter ants in the summer. When I sprayed the Peppermint mixture, the fruit flies would scatter.

Well yesterday, we were out all day and by mistake left the breakfast dishes in the sink. There were at least fifty fruit flies on the dishes when we came home. I had no idea there were that many in the house!

I panicked and grabbed the Thieves Cleaner by mistake, instead of the Peppermint. I was amazed because instead of scattering, they died on the spot. I was able to wipe them up with a paper towel.

Now every time I see one, I blast it with the Thieves Cleaner and toss in the trash. If you have fruit flies, try my remedy and let me know how it works for you.

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Supporting Scientific Study
bugs-/-insects - "Thujaplicin, a minor component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki], showed rather strong antifungal activity against seven kinds of plant-pathogenic fungi.... Thujaplicin and hinokitiol (the major component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki]) also showed clear antibacterial activity against Legionella pneumophila SG 1 and L. pneumophila SG 3 [Legionnaires disease, pneumonia].... This compound showed strong insecticidal activity against Reticulitermes speratus [termites], and it also had clear acaricidal [ticks, mites] activity against Dermatophagoides farinae [house dust mites].... [T]he strong cytotoxic effect of Thujaplicin on murine P388 lymphocytic leukemia cell line [CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia] should be emphasized...."Link

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