Flies are an annoying seasonal problem to deal with, especially when they find ways to get into your home. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make the problem a little less miserable this year, without using fly traps.
Here are seven natural and affordable ways to help keep your home pest-free this year.
Venus flytrap and pitcher plants
Both of these carnivorous plants are great ways to control flies in your home. However, pitcher plants may be more effective for heavier fly problems because venus fly traps can only eat five to ten insects per month.
For pitcher plants, each pitcher may consume one or two insects every two to four weeks. So depending on how bad your fly problem is throughout the year, the pitcher plant may be the best investment.
Regardless of the plant you choose, they will need bright light to thrive. Without bright light they will not produce traps. Therefore, window sills are the best place. This position will work in your favor, especially if flies enter through windows.
Cayenne pepper spray
Cayenne pepper spray not only works against flies, but also helps prevent other pests from entering. Mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a spray bottle and spray near doorways or where flies gather.
This is also a great opportunity to recycle any old or used cleaning spray bottles instead of buying a new one.
Dr. Bronner’s Diluted Spray
This works the same as cayenne pepper spray, but may smell a bit better in comparison. The best Dr. Bronner scent to use is probably peppermint because that scent can repel flies.
Mix a tablespoon of liquid soap with a quart of water and place it in a spray bottle (another great opportunity to recycle an old cleaning spray bottle) and spray in doorways or anywhere flies gather.
Lavender is another natural scent that can deter bugs. There are a variety of ways you can use the scent of lavender to keep flies away from your home. You can plant lavender in your front yard or in a pot next to your driveway. You can also buy or make a bouquet of lavender inside your home or burn lavender oil near doorways and windows.
Lavender is also relatively easy to grow. Like the pitcher plant, make sure this plant is located where it can get sunlight. If you decide to plant lavender in a pot, be sure to add gravel to ensure the soil drains.
Vinegar and dish soap
A combination of vinegar and dish soap will make a good natural fly trap. Mix an inch of apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap in a tall glass. Stretch a piece of plastic wrap over the glass, secure with a rubber band, and poke holes through the plastic.
Flies will be attracted to the vinegar, but upon entering the bowl they will be drowned by the dish soap.
basil and cloves
The smell of basil is another scent that can repel flies. You can buy basil plants to put in the kitchen and have the added benefit of fresh basil for home-cooked meals too.
Cloves are also a great natural deterrent that flies hate. Placing a bowl of dried cloves in each room, or just the worst-affected rooms, will keep flies away.
Essential oils, such as peppermint, lavender, thyme, cinnamon, or lemon, can keep flies away. Add ten drops of your chosen essential oil to a spray bottle and mix with two cups of water and two cups of plain vodka. Just like the other mixes, spray it all over your entrances or any areas where flies collect.