As soon as it gets a little warmer, we all have to deal with a pest that is almost impossible to avoid, the common housefly. You can encounter them anywhere in your home, but living areas such as your kitchen seem to be the main attraction. So, how can you avoid flies in your home effectively? Here are some tips from the experts!
The Strategic Placement Of Herbs And Plants
Did you know that there are certain herbs and plants that are not liked by houseflies? Certain herbs and plants have a distinctive fragrance that turns flies away, and many of them you can easily put around your home.
One of the most popular ways to repel flies in the kitchen is a basic herb we have all used in cooking at one time or another, more specifically basil. In addition to repelling flies, basil also has antibacterial properties, so it is more than just a nice herb to put in your spaghetti.
In addition to basil, there are other plants that flies have an aversion for; this includes lavender, bay leaf, and mint. Evidently, you can also place these in your home to avoid flies entering.
Use Essential Oils
If you do not have the time or patience to maintain plants inside your home, you could use the same technique by using essential oils.
Essential oils are a tried and proven methods to avoid flies in your home. Of course, certain scents do better than others in this departments. Overall, lavender and eucalyptus prove most effective.
Use Natural Reflection
If you are sensitive to smells and cannot stand the thought of plants and essentials oils inside your home, there is a trick you can implement outside your home, more specifically reflection.
Have you ever wondered why some people have wind chimes made from glass or another reflective material? They do more than just make a noise when the weather gets rough, they also reflect light. As you may know already, flies have a lot of eyes, so they are more susceptible to light reflection. By putting one of those windchimes in front of your home, flies might can get confused and are less likely to enter.
Of course, if you do not have the budget to grab some glass or reflective wind chimes, there is a more cost-effective solution too. Simply grab a transparent freezer bag and fill it with water. Then, hang it in front or on the back of your home, as this will also reflect light.
The Power Of Citrus Fruits
Many commercial fly repellent products have citrus scent incorporated in the formula; this is because flies do not like the scent of citrus fruits. You may have heard this tip before, but orange peels can be effective as a fly repellant as well. Simply put some fresh orange peels on the windowsill and you will be amazed by the result. However, always make sure to change over the peels once they have dried out, as this means they no longer release enough scent for them to be effective.
If flies still enter your home despite your best efforts, you can create some effective traps yourself. One of the ways to keep flies at bay is by creating your own vinegar trap. All you need is a glass, a plastic bag, rubber band, and some apple cider vinegar.
To create your trap, add the vinegar to the glass. Then, pull the plastic bag over the glass and make sure it stays in place with the rubber band. Once the bag is in place, make a tiny hole on the top of the bag; this should be be enough for flies to enter. However, do not make the hole too big, otherwise any caught flies might be able to escape. When you have made the hole, simply push the middle of the bag down into the glass.
When you vinegar trap is made, it is essential to place it in an area that is prone to having lots of flies; for example, the kitchen. Place it on your windowsill and see how flies are attracted to it. As they eventually get trapped, you will not have to worry about houseflies annoying you anymore.
The Venus Fly Trap
Some plants are not only effective at repelling flies, some can actually catch and kill them. One such a plant is the Venus Fly Trap, which attracts flies and subsequently catches them.
The beauty about Venus Fly Traps is that they are a natural and mess-free way of dealing with fly problems in your home. You can place several of these plans across your home and they will thin the fly population without much trouble. Venus Fly Traps are incredibly affordable too, so you do not have to worry about spending large amounts of money to get these marvellous plants in your home.
The Honey Trap
Our final natural recommendation today is the honey trap, which is one of the most effective ways to trap flies and leave your home fly-free. For this method, you will need a large plastic bottle, honey, and some water.
To create the honey trap, cut the plastic bottle in half and fill the bottom half with one part water and one part honey. Then, grab the top half of your bottle and place it upside down into the bottom half; this will create a funnel-effect.
When your trap is made, place them at a location outside where flies are likely to enter your home; this could be a back window or door. Please note, when using this method, it is advised to make a new one every now and again; this will increase the effectiveness of your honey trap.