One of the unpleasant elements of summer is that flies that seem to be everywhere, all the time.
Houseflies are one type of fly in the insect order Diptera, all of which have one set of wings. They are also known as “nuisance” flies.
No wonder some people get a little crazy when they spot a fly in their home. One fly and its potential to lay 9,000 eggs can quickly become a much bigger problem. And spread disease. If flies are driving you insane, then you probably need some tips to get rid of flies in your home and yard.
How to Get Rid of Houseflies Naturally
It’s possible, and often even preferable, to get rid of houseflies naturally, without pesticides.
For starters, there are a few things you can do in daily life that will help eliminate – or at least minimize – the number of buzzing guests in your home. Keep the doors closed or put up some screens.
Keep the Door Closed
Whenever you are cooking in your home, especially if you are cooking meat, make it a rule to keep the doors closed as much as possible. Then clean up the food right after meals. If the door must open and close often during meal-preparation such as barbecues, point a fan from the inside toward the open door. Flies do not like wind
Scoop the Poop
Do you have dogs? Unfortunately, animal feces are one of the biggest fly attractants. It’s not a fun job, but someone will have to remove it from the backyard. Bury it, flush it or seal it in bags in a rubbish bin. (Make sure your trash cans have lids that fit tightly)
Keep Garden Tidy
Next to decaying matter, flies love the protection of piles of brush and tall grass, so keep your garden trimmed back.
A word about compost: for die-hard gardeners, keeping flies at bay may conflict with their love of gardening. It might help to keep the compost heap as far from the house as possible.
Flies also love moisture and standing water. If you cannot figure out why flies like your yard, check your bird bath or search for any undrained water. Although there might not be anything you can do about living near a pond, lake or swamp, you can drain the water that collects near your house on the lid of trash cans, in buckets or inside a discarded tire.
Cover the Fruit
Fruit flies are those tiny gnat-size flying insects that magically appear a few days after you put the fruit bowl on the counter. Get rid of fruit flies by placing fruit in a muslin cloth bag.
Keep Flies Away
Lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint and lemongrass essential oils – Not only will spraying these oils around the house create a beautiful aroma, but they will also deter those pesky flies too.
Basil – Flies hate the smell of basil. Place a few basil plants in your kitchen and watch them disappear.
Cloves – Flies detest the smell of cloves. Place a bowl of dried cloves in each room where you are experiencing problems with flies, and watch them vanish
Mint, lavender and marigolds – plant these in your garden and have pots in your house to deter them from entering your property before they even make it to the front door.
Cinnamon – use cinnamon as an air freshener, as flies hate the smell.
Some people claim that hanging CDs and even zip-style plastic storage bags half full of water near entryways to a home will effectively keep flies away. Others say they do nothing. The sun’s reflection might be the key. Either way, it is a cheap method to try, or if it works as well as reported, your problems are solved.
Flies and warm weather just go together; aside from the mammoth infestations, one just learns to live with it. In the meantime, keep those fly swatters handy. (At Household Plastic we stock a range of swatters)
Some Info about Flies
You’ve probably noticed a lot more flies buzzing around in summer than winter. This is because flies and other insects are cold-blooded, meaning they can’t keep warm themselves and their body temperature is affected by the outside temperature.
In the summer when it’s hot, flies are super active and buzz around all day. In winter, adult flies are too cold to move and die off. At the same time, the larvae stay in the cocoon, or pupal phase, waiting to turn into adults when spring starts. When the season changes, the flowers begin to bloom and the newly hatched adult flies have nectar to drink. While they drink, they also get covered in pollen and help pollinate the plant.
They look quite creepy and dramatic and won’t really keep the flies away, but they are really cool plants.
You know by their name that Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients from trapping and consuming animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods
There are several types of carnivorous plants, which in various ways lure their prey in and then digest them from which they get nutrients.
The most famous for pots and indoor planting are fly trumpet and Venus flytrap.The Venus flytrap’s primary prey is ants, but it will also eat flies, beetles, slugs, spiders and even tiny frogs.
Despite its fame, a Venus Fly trap can only catch 3-4 bugs before closing forever, making them less effective than other plants
No Fly Zone
Last but not least, to try to keep your home a no fly zone, always keep the kitchen bench clear and wiped clean.
Flies are naturally attracted to rubbish and cut fruits, so make sure that all bins are concealed, and that cut fruits are well covered or stored in the fridge.
At Household Plastic you can buy many products that will help you to keep your home a no fly zone, including fly swatters.