Flies are the most annoying insects, especially during the summer days. They constantly multiply so it’s not very easy to get rid of them. Don’t worry because there are some very effective natural ways to get rid of these disturbing insects that are constantly around us.
If you know what are their weaknesses you can easily eliminate them.
Flies don’t stand the smell of strong scents, so essential oils and herbs that have strong smell can serve as natural insect repellents.
We suggest 4 ways to naturally repel flies:
- Cloves and Lemon
Cloves have strong smell and flies hate that. Moreover, if you combine them with lemon, you will get nothing more than a safe and powerful natural fly repellent. What is the method of preparing the repellent? Just cut the lemon into halves and stick the cloves into the pulp. After you place the lemon in your room or the place where flies come more often, they will stop appearing.
- Lavender Essential Oil
Due to its intensive smell, lavender can also be an effective bug repellent. You can use it on a sponge, and make it spill-proof.
You need to get:
- One sponge – the size is optional
- Jar or can with a lid
- Lavender essential oil
Apply several drops of lavender essential oil on the sponge, and then place it into the jar. Close the jar tightly, and leave it overnight for the smell to concentrate. Place the jar whenever you consider it will be most effective and open the lid a bit so that the smell keep flies away.
- DIY Fly Repellent Spray
Another successful way of getting rid of flies is by making your own repellent spray. Try to avoid commercial repelling sprays because they are full of toxic content. Instead, use this natural version:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 spray bottle
- 10-12 drops of each: Peppermint and Lemongrass essential oils
- 2 tablespoons of diluted liquid dish soap
Take the spray bottle and fill it with the dish soap and the cup of water. Then, add the essential oils. Close the spray bottle, shake to stir it, and spray all over your house. To prevent flies or other insects from coming into your house again, spray this mixture in every 2 weeks.
- DIY Fly Trap
Yes, you can prepare your own fly trap. You will need to make a mixture of dish soap and apple cider vinegar in a Mason jar. Other simpler way is to put a rotten fruit in a bowl , cover with plastic wrap and make a several holes in it.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is fermented apple juice so when you add the dish soap, the surface tension of the liquid breaks and the flies sink as soon as they touch it.
You will need:
- Mason jar
- Plastic wrap
- A tablespoon of liquid dish soap
- 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
Add the liquid soap and vinegar into the mason jar. Then, put a piece of plastic wrap over the mouth of the jar and make punctures by using a toothpick.
You can place the fly trap in the yard or in the house. Its powerful odor and light will attract the flies to enter the trap.
The plastic wrap will be as a wall, so the flies won’t be able to find the holes and escape, as there will be no strong smell from outside to attract them again. Clean the jar as soon as there are a lot of dead flies.
The other form of trap with the overripe or rotten fruit won’t kill the flies, but they will be successfully trapped. Plus, it is much easier to make it:
You will need:
- Rotten fruit
- Plastic wrap
Chop the rotten fruit (you can also peel it ). Place it in the bowl and cover with the plastic wrap. Make holes using the toothpick and as soon as the trap is full of flies, destroy them by placing the bowl into soapy water for several minutes. Wash and use it again if necessary.