Flies are obnoxious insects that can transfer diseases to the surfaces they come into contact with, including your food. They’re found in almost all parts of the world, except for the poles and at high altitudes. Luckily, there are a few natural tricks that can help repel houseflies from entering our homes. In this article, we’ll share a few formulas to eliminate them without using poisonous commercial products that are loaded with toxins.
Bags of Water
Clear plastic bags filled with water will really help to naturally repel houseflies. All you need to do is fill a clear plastic bag ¾ full of water and tie it off with a knot to keep it from leaking. Place outside near windows and doors.
This natural trick is great because the water inside the bag refracts sunlight like a prism. It’s this optic effect that repels houseflies.
Vinegar Trap for Flies
Vinegar contains acetic acid as the active ingredient which, when sprayed on insects, slows them down and makes it easier to get at them. We’ll combine it with a few others ingredients to make it more effective at killing flies.
- Clear packaging tape
- 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon liquid soap
- 1 plastic bottle
- First cut the top of the bottle off at the neck. Then flip the top that you just cut off upside down and insert it into the bottle as a funnel.
- Secure it with tape and fill the bottle one fifth the way with water. Add the dish soap and vinegar and swish around to mix it well.
- Use this trap in the areas of the house where the flies are the worst. They’ll be attracted by the vinegar and will fall in and be unable to get out.
Some aromatic herbs possess properties that can help repel these unwelcome guests in our homes. These herbs repel houseflies and other insects, so they make a great preventative measure.
You can make different sachets with aromatic plants like mint, thyme, rosemary and camphor. When they’re ready, you can place them in areas near windows and doors.
Although cloves don’t kill flies, the smell will drive away pests. For this trick, stick about 20 to 30 whole cloves into an apple or something similar and place in an area where you want to repel houseflies. Not only will it drive off flies, it also makes a pleasant air freshener for use in your home.
Corn Flour with Honey
This is another natural and effective method to keep flies away from your food.
Just mix honey or maple syrup with corn flour. Put a little in a container and place around the home home to keep it fly free. The sugar will attract the flies and trap them.
Keep Your House Clean
Keeping your house clean is essential for keeping flies at bay. It’s important to do a total house cleaning and keep it free of the residues that attract flies. Use a trash can with a lid to keep its odors from drawing in flies.
Once you’ve finished cleaning your home, wet a cloth with vinegar and rub it around areas where flies like to accumulate. Wipe it around doors and windows, for example. The smell of vinegar repels houseflies and will help keep your home clean. You can also use vinegar in a spray bottle to spritz around your home.