7 Homemade Solutions for Houseflies

The problem with flies isn't just their annoying appearance. They can also transmit diseases if they touch your food and other surfaces, so it’s best to keep them away. Learn 7 easy, natural ways to repel these annoying insects.
7 Homemade Solutions for Houseflies

Last update: 18 December, 2018

Houseflies are particularly annoying insects. You may try to keep them away, but they’re always looking for a way to land on plenty of the surfaces in your home.

They may appear due to poor cleaning habits, although most of the time they’re attracted to the remnants of food and other garbage in the waste bin.

Unsightly and pleasant to the eye as they can be, the real reason you should be fighting them is related to your health.

Houseflies are carriers of harmful microorganisms that can infect you if they come into contact with your food.

This is why you need to find a way to fight them effectively by using natural products to avoid having to resort to aggressive chemicals.

Today, we want to share seven interesting natural solutions that you can try the next time flies invade your home.

1. Vodka bags


Hanging a few bags filled with vodka inside your house is an interesting way to repel flies that tend to congregate in certain places.

In addition to having an intolerable odor to these insects, the transparent bags cause sunlight to refract and form prisms.

The optical effect is uncomfortable for flies in flight, so they’ll choose to move away from the source.

Even if they’re landing on your skin, you can apply a small amount of vodka to drive them away.

2. Basil

The properties of basil have some interesting effects when it comes to controlling housefly invasions.

This medicinal plant also has an intolerable odor for the insects. When they can sense it, they will immediately leave.

Although it’s easiest to plant basil in a pot or in your garden, you can also make a tea using the leaves and spray it on the insects themselves.

3. Lavender essential oil


Lavender essential oil has a penetrating aroma that relaxes humans but repels insects.

While it’s usually used for alternative stress and anxiety therapy, you can also take advantage of its utility against invasions of houseflies.

Using a spray bottle or vaporizer to apply it will help fight these insects while giving your home a very pleasant aroma at the same time.

4. Eucalyptus essential oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is a valuable product thanks to its medicinal applications, especially for the benefits it can have on the respiratory system.

Its strong odor helps clear the airways in the event of a cold, asthma, or bronchitis.

Aside from this, it’s an ideal ingredient to use for disinfecting your home because it eliminates microorganisms and prevents the colonization of insects like flies and ants.

Just pour some into a jar with warm water and apply this solution to the areas that tend to be invaded.

5. Garlic


Garlic cloves release volatile compounds that prevent the presence of flies in the home while also emitting that signature odor.

Place a few cloves of garlic in the dining room or sprinkle garlic powder on your food. It will prevent these insects from landing on it.

You can even crush some garlic cloves and apply the paste to strategic locations.

6. Apple cider vinegar

The acidic compounds in apple cider vinegar are an alternative solution for the chemicals and insecticides that are sold on the market to fight houseflies and other insects.

Its properties and signature aroma repel these bugs and also disinfect the surfaces to remove the impurities that they leave.

Although spraying this directly on the flies can give you good results, it’s a good idea to pour a little onto smaller dishes and distribute them around the house as a preventative method.

7. Cloves and orange


The natural scent of orange serves as both a remedy for houseflies and a natural air freshener.

The penetrating aroma of cloves combined with the smell of citrus is very irritating to these insects and facilitates their removal.

Stick some cloves into the flesh of an orange and place it in the dining room or a place that’s susceptible to the invasion of these insects.

Choose the solution that most appeals to you to drive away these unwanted intruders. Give it a try!

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