The coming of warm weather brings the arrival of an annual annoyance: house flies. House flies, the small black bugs that get in your face, buzz in your ear, and get on your food, may appear to be a harmless annoyance, but they can transmit diseases and cause sickness.
It's not so rare to find a fly, a roach, a gnat, or even a mouse in your house. You can find practical methods for dealing with them in our previous article. When you start noticing buzzing bugs all over the place, though, it's time to act. Here is a guide on how to get rid of flies without any pest control all by yourself.
How to get rid of flies naturally?
Flies typically enter through ripped window screens and open doors, and they enjoy lingering around mulch piles (where they reproduce) or garbage cans located near points of entrance.
Keep doors and windows closed whenever possible, cover food, sweep away food particles, and keep trash under firmly shut containers if you want to keep flies out of your house in the first place.
How to get rid of fly infestation?
A simple mixture of vinegar and dish soap makes a perfect trap for flies. Here is the recipe for how to get rid of flies indoors with the help of a simple trap:
- Combine apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap in a tall half-filled glass.
- Seal the top of the glass with plastic wrap.
- Do not forget to secure the plastic wrap with a rubber band, and poke small holes in the top.
The vinegar in the glass will attract flies, which will be trapped. The dish soap prevents the flies from landing on the vinegar, causing them to sink.
Another DIY trap is a soda bottle.
First, cut off the top third of a plastic bottle. Then, fill the bottom third of the bottle with sugar water, and replace the cut piece on top, but turn it upside down, so the top of the bottle faces the liquid. With this technique, you're forming a funnel. The flies will make their way into the bottle but will be unable to exit.
Try using sticky traps.
Place an adhesive strip of paper that can be readily hung from the ceiling or wherever the most flies can be found. Flies (and other flying insects) become attached to the paper when they go to inspect it.
What are the best ways to get rid of flies on the porch?
We propose making some improvements to your surrounding property because most flies enter your home from the outside:
- Moving mulch heaps away from your home is a good idea.
In compost, flies may reproduce. If you don't have a lot of room to work with, at the very least keep compost away from doors and windows.
- Garbage cans should be well-sealed.
Flies are drawn to the odor of fermented and rotten foods, which is why they are particularly interested in the rubbish. If you keep your cans sealed and away from entry points, that should help.
- Ensure that you clean up after your pets.
Flies will not only spawn in excrement, but they may also land there and not long after end up on your food.
How to prevent flies' appearance?
Put herbs and flowers in your yard and outside to keep flies away from your house. Fly-repelling herbs and flowers include catnip, basil, marigold, lavender, and bay leaves. As an added advantage a few of them may be handy in the kitchen.
Similarly, because flies dislike the aroma of eucalyptus oil, you may use it to repel them by putting it on hanging paper strips near a window. However, this will simply prevent their appearance rather than kill them.
Infestations of house flies are more than a minor annoyance. Flies may be harmful to your health as well. You may assist in avoiding a housefly infestation by keeping your home clean, especially clear of food waste. Learn how to keep insects out of your rental property before they do significant damage or frighten away potential tenants in this article.
If an infestation occurs, try this variety of natural repellent and trapping options we’ve mentioned.
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