Flies are a common household pest that can contaminate and lay maggots in food, waste, and other items around the home. More than 240,000 species of flies exist throughout the world, and can spread diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, and other infectious diseases. Not only are these tiny terrors a danger, but this small insect’s annoying buzz is enough to drive any homeowner mad. Use a few simple tips and tricks can help you to rid your home of flies.
- Most flies have a natural aversion to the mint plant. Homeowners can take advantage of this aversion by placing small sachets of crushed mint around the home and even outside on the patio or in the garden. The flies will be repelled by the minty smell and find other areas in which to settle.
- Similar to flies’ intense aversion to mint, these insects also dislike the smell and taste of bay leaves, cloves, and eucalyptus. Wrapping these items in cheesecloth squares and hanging the sachets by open doors or windows will discourage the flies from coming inside.
- Placing open containers of sweet basil and clover near open food, particularly pet food, will deter flies from feeding on or laying eggs in the food.
- For areas where flies tend to congregate often, soak an absorbent cloth or several cloths in eucalyptus oil to deter the insects.
- Shine your wood while you repel flies with a light application of Pine Sol on affected areas. The flies have a natural aversion to the chemicals in the spray.
- If you want to catch flies by making your own flypaper, you should mix ¼ cup syrup, 1 tbsp. granulated sugar, and 1 tbsp. brown sugar in a small bowl. Soak strips of brown craft paper in the mixture and let the paper dry overnight. After the paper has dried, poke a small hole at the top of each strip and hang the strips over doors and window to attract and catch these annoying pests.
Some of these home remedies may work better than others because every home environment is different. Additionally, the level of the fly infestation differs from home to home. These home remedies are easy, inexpensive, and simple ways to keep your home clean and pest-free.
Flies Buzzing Too Loud?
The irritating buzzing sound that flies make actually comes from the sound of beating wings. As one of the world’s fastest flying insects, the common house fly beats its wings about 200 times per second and some varieties of flies beat their wings as much as 1,000 times per second. The average house fly travels at a speed of 4.5 miles per hour and can fly even faster to escape predators or fly swatters.
Make Those Flies Fly Away!
- Flies have hairy, sticky feet that enable them to walk upside down, as well as on smooth surfaces.
- House flies accounts for about 90 percent of all flies seen inside the home.
- Flies will eat almost anything and spread germs and disease when they hop from one food source to another.
- Flies’ eggs will hatch into larva, commonly known as maggots, and contaminate food and breed in garbage.