Some cloves in apples have recently appeared in our office. Apparently they will repel fruit flies. They look exactly like the result of following these instructions.

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Is there any evidence to suggest that this would really repel fruit flies?

  • FYI the referenced link says "house flies" not "fruit flies".
    – ChrisW
    Nov 4 '14 at 18:13
  • Correct, the link does say that. However, I was told that the apples were to repel fruit flies in this particular instance.
    – KPS
    Nov 4 '14 at 21:35
  • I'm trying to bring this back, even though the links I have seen shared are about lemons and mention both house flies and mosquitoes.
    – Oddthinking
    Nov 19 '19 at 5:01
  • There are many studies that show an effect of extracts and essential oils from cloves as an insect deterrant, affecting fruit flies, house flies, and mosquitoes, yet I couldn't find a study on the effect of just the cloves. I don't think that a post based on this would really answer whether there is "any evidence to suggest that [a clove-studded apple] would really repel fruit flies", would it?
    – Schmuddi
    Nov 19 '19 at 9:34

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