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Complete Guide To Getting Rid Of Flies In The House

Complete Guide To Getting Rid Of Flies In The House

When the summer comes around, we welcome the warmth with open arms. It’s time for holidays, picnics outside, fresh breezes through open windows…and flies. Yes, flies suddenly become the most irritating things around and somehow manage to slightly spoil our summer vibe. They seem to endlessly be buzzing around the windows trying to figure out how they get into the house in the first place. They land on our kitchen tops, our nicely prepared food and even worse, on us. Trying to swat them becomes the ultimate challenge between man and fly – they seem to outthink us by moving at the speed of light before we even lift the rolled up newspapers used to get it.

Of course, having flies buzzing around isn’t just irritating. They fly and crawl on almost anything – most commonly faeces – and whatever they land on they pick up and carry on their legs opening up chances of spreading disease and infections. In addition they lay eggs often and pretty much defecate on anything they touch which is why it’s important to not have them flying around your home.

There are many effective ways to get rid of flies in the house using home remedies. You can use repellents to deter them or construct traps to attract. Either way, getting rid of flies is the ultimate aim and here are some ways to help you do that.

Using Fly Repellents To Get Rid Of Flies

One way to get rid of flies is to use a repellent in various forms. Despite seemingly wanting to land on anything going, flies are quite fussy when it comes to certain smells and flavours. Since flies taste through the hairs on their legs, they are very sensitive to landing on things they don’t take a fancy to so try these home-made repellents to deter the flies.

1. Basil and Other Herbs and Plants

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    There are some strong-smelling plants the flies just do not like. The most common one is basil which is good news for us as not only is it easy to get hold of in shops, it also has anti-bacterial and ant-viral properties creating a healthy environment for your home. Just place your basil plant anywhere in the house, preferably near any open window to deter the flies. Other plants that flies take a dislike to are lavender, mint, bay leaf, tansy and wormwood.

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    2. Essential Oils

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      Flies absolutely hate the smell of essential oils, in particular Eucalyptus and Lavender. Lavender oil has been used for centuries as a insect deterrent including for clothing to prevent moths from eating away at them. You can buy essential oils from any good homeopathic shop but you can also make your own.

      • Infuse fresh lavender with a carrier oil (an oil that is pale in colour and low on scent as to not overpower the smell of the lavender).
      • Allow to infuse for 48 hours in a warm place, shaking periodically.
      • Once done, strain the plant from the oil and place in a container. You can place the oil around the house or alternatively you can use it as a spray to spread the smell around the house.

      3. Plastic Water Bags

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        This is a clever trick to repel those pesky flies. Hanging a bag full of water outside windows and open doors can deter flies away because of the way a fly sees it. Since a fly has a remarkable amount of lenses in each eye, this gives them the ability to detect light patterns and movement. A bag of water is reflecting light all over the place therefore confusing the flies and causing them to stay away. It’s pretty easy to make too.

        • All you need is a large plastic bag (preferably a zip lock)
        • Fill it up to 2/3 with water and tie string firmly around the top making sure it is tight and unable to slip off.
        • Hang the bag outside any openings such as doors or open windows.

        4. Camphor

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          Camphor is another natural way to get rid of flies and can be bought online or from any homeopathic store. It has a very strong smell that, you guessed it, flies absolutely hate. Like basil, it contains anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties as well as deterring insects and it comes from the wood of the Camphor Laurel tree. You usually buy it in blocks or tablets which you then place on a heated surface like a hot plate or a heat diffuser. Place these around the home preferably under open windows to let the aroma float out and send the message to the flies.

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          5. Fresh Orange Peel

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            Orange peel is a wonderfully cheap way to get rid of flies as well as encouraging us to eat more oranges. Citrus extracts are actually used in a lot of commercial bug repellents due to its ability to deter insects. With its great fresh fragrance, orange peels can be left around the house on windowsills and beside doors to help stop flies from entering. Make sure that the peel is fresh and replace them once they’ve dried out. Make sure to rub the skins every now and then to release more of the smell and allow this remedy to last longer.

            6. Cloves In Citrus Fruit

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              Since we know citrus fruit (especially oranges) are a pet hate for flies, then another great way to get rid of them is to use a combination of citrus fruit and cloves. Sometimes a Christmas tradition, inserting cloves into an orange is really easy and they can be placed anywhere in the home.

              • You can use most citrus fruit including lemons and limes
              • Insert 10-15 cloves into the fruit. You can leave the fruit as a whole or you can cut the fruit in half to allow more of the citrus fragrance out into the air giving a good warning to the flies.
              • Place around the house or hang them up with string or ribbon around windows.

              Using Traps To Get Rid Of Flies

              Another way to get rid of flies in your house is to use fly traps. Although this doesn’t stop the flies from entering our home, it will draw them away from food or kitchen tops. Here are some different types of traps you can make and use around the house.

              1. Vinegar Fly Trap

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                Vinegar attracts flies so it is a great way of luring them in and away from the rest of the house. To make a vinegar trap all you need is a some apple cider vinegar or malt vinegar, a glass, a plastic bag and a rubber band.

                • First pour a small amount of the vinegar into the glass, put the plastic bag over the glass and secure with the rubber band.
                • Cut a hole in the centre of the bag at the top to create an opening for the flies – make sure that the hole is big enough for the flies to enter but not big enough for the flies to escape. You can do this by pushing the plastic bag down into the glass to form a kind of funnel.
                • Place the trap anywhere where flies enter the house.

                2. Homemade Fly Strips

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                  Fly strips are a well-known way of catching flies. Although strips can be easily bought in shops, making your own is extremely easy.

                  • All you need is some brown paper or card cut into strips
                  • Mix 1/4 cup of golden syrup with 1/4 cup of sugar to make it very sugary.
                  • Punch holes in the top of the strips and thread some string through creating a loop to hang them up.
                  • Paint the sugary substance onto the strips and let it dry.
                  • Hang these anywhere around the house.

                  3. Venus Fly Trap

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                    A wonderful and natural way to keep flies at bay is to purchase a Venus Fly Trap. Not only are you adding a plant to your home but it is fascinating to watch the plant at work. Venus Fly Traps can be bought at any good garden centre and are relatively cheap so you can even buy a few to sit around the different parts of the house.

                    4. The Wine Trap

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                      It turns out that flies like a bit of wine. If you’re the same and have some wine lying about, then you can make a quick and easy trap. Flies are attracted to anything fermented. That’s why you often find flies around rubbish and rotten food.

                      • Find some white or red wine (flies aren’t fussy)
                      • Pour about a cup of the wine in a container and add some washing up liquid. This will act as a poison when the flies drink the wine.
                      • You can create a funnel by making a cone out of paper with a hole snipped into the end. This will allow the flies to enter but not escape.
                      • Place the container where flies will seek it out After a while you will start to see flies floating on the top of the liquid.

                      5. The Honey Trap

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                        Honey is notoriously good for trapping flies with its sweet aroma and sticky consistency and if you don’t have honey to hand then jam can work equally as well. The best way to make a honey trap is to:

                        • Get a large plastic bottle and cut it in half.
                        • Fill the bottom half with a mixture of honey (or jam) and water around an inch or two.
                        • Turn the top half upside down and place it into the bottom half of the bottle creating a funnel. This will make it easy for the flies to enter but difficult for them to escape.
                        • Place the bottle outside your window or door, or alternatively, in the house where flies are most common.

                        6. Homemade Fly Killer Spray

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                          Not so much a trap, but if you want to be proactive and not leave it up to traps to catch the flies, then you can make your own fly spray. The sprays we buy in the shops are full of chemicals and generally should be used in a well-ventilated room. But you can make your own effective spray that will zone in on irritating flies with the help of your washing up liquid. Washing up liquid acts as a poison without any harsh chemicals that can affect us.

                          • Get an empty spray bottle and put in around 10 drops of washing up liquid.
                          • Add two cups of warm water, screw on the top and gently shake.
                          • Spray directly onto the flies if you can get to them fast enough!

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                          Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                          Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                          By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                          Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                          83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                            84 write random letter

                              85 use a rubberband

                                86 dorm smell bad

                                  87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                    89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                      90 take a picture of the name card

                                        91 iron inside out

                                          92 old newspaper

                                            93 tumble try shoes

                                              keep a card like this

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                                                  94 soap bar

                                                    95 make a hole

                                                      96 drop the battery

                                                        97 use a coozie

                                                          98 when taking a picture

                                                            use a clean dust pan

                                                              try a pants hanger

                                                                use your cellphone light

                                                                  use a spring from an old pen

                                                                    quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                      user binder clips

                                                                        wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                          put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                            clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                              use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                  use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                    use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                      freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                        use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                          almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                            sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                              unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                  remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                    turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                      for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                        how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                          tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                            place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                              ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                  take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                    how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                      put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                        How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                          user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                            good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                              turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                  the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                    add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                        hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                          stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                            the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                              how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                  use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                    to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                      user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                        a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                          rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                            use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                              50

                                                                                                                                                                51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                  52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                    rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                      kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                        use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                          58

                                                                                                                                                                            59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                              60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                  Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                    hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                      use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                        if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                          keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                            If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                              drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                    do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                      when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                        dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                          put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                            75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                              use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                88 before you throw away a post it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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