Flies. Everyone hates them and they seem to move with lightning speed when flying into the house or car. If you have a serious problem with flies, either in the house or the yard, it can be seriously irritating. You can hang those store-bought fly traps, but they never seem to work very well and they’re quite unsightly to hang in the home.
How to Get Rid of Flies
Below are some easy, natural ways to get rid of flies.
1. Get Rid of Wet Garbage
Not just garbage, but especially wet garbage is especially attractive to flies. Worse, flies then lay their eggs in this garbage and voila, now you have a fly family! Take out your garbage at least once every day, and if you throw out old food or something wet, make a special trip to the garbage can right away.
2. Lemongrass Spray
Not only does lemongrass repel flies but it makes your house smell good, too! Just combine 12 drops of lemongrass essential oil into a spray bottle with 2 ounces of hot water; shake it up really well. You can spray this around your garbage cans, around your doors, near any other problem areas, and even directly on the flies.
3. Lavender Oil
Lavender is another scent that flies can’t stand. Drop a couple of drops of lavender oil onto a rag and rub it on window sills, doors, and anywhere else that flies may be sneaking in or hanging out. If you don’t want to buy lavender oil, flies are also turned off from the scent of mint, basil, bay leaf, and marigold.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Traps
These natural traps are especially great if you have pesky fruit flies hanging around. You’ll need a mason jar with a lid and about ½ cup of ACV. Heat up your apple cider vinegar in the microwave; then, puncture some holes in the lid. Pour the hot apple cider vinegar into the glass and screw on the lead. Just let this trap sit out near where the flies are congregating; the flies will go in the jar but can’t figure out how to get out.
5. Cayenne Pepper Spray
Simply combine some cayenne pepper and some water into a spray bottle and shake them up well. Spray the solution anywhere that flies get in or where they tend to congregate.
6. Cloves and Lemon
You’ll need 2 lemons and 25 cloves. Cut the lemons in half and place the cloves inside each piece of the lemon. If you’re trying to have a bbq or picnic outside, this is a great remedy; just place your clove-lemons around the table/eating area and flies will stay away. You can also place some cloves in a muslin bag and hang it like a fly trap; the smell will deter flies from coming around.
7. Wine Trap
Wine is something flies are attracted to, and they unknowingly fly into the liquid and then can’t get out. You can combine some dish soap with your cup/bowl of wine to make it extra sticky for the flies. Just leave a glass/bowl of wine out near where the flies are and soon enough they’ll start to fall in.
8. Honey Trap
Honey is another sweet treat that flies are attracted to, and, because it is sticky, they get stuck in the sweet stuff. If you don’t have honey, you can also use some fruit jam. You can just leave it out on a dish or in a bowl, similar to the wine above. Or for a more efficient trap, place some water in a can/water bottle/bowl that is open; place a funnel in the mouth and line the funnel with honey/jam. The flies will be attracted to the sweet stuff and then fall in the water.
9. Homemade Flypaper Strips
Combine ¼ cup of corn syrup and mix with ¼ cup of sugar. Cut some strips of thin cardboard (like from a cracker box); cut a hole in the tip and tie a string through it. Apply the sweet mixture to the cardboard with a paintbrush. Once the strips are dry, hang wherever you need to get rid of flies.
Flies are pesky insects that nobody likes and they have a knack for ruining meals. With these natural and homemade remedies, fly problems will be a thing of the past for your household.