It’s possible to fight houseflies with a few effective home remedies, without the need for chemical sprays. We’ll show you how to rid yourself of those nuisances without harming the environment or your health.
If a fly lands on your freshly-made sandwich, it’s not only annoying, but also unhygienic. Who knows where that fly’s been before? Flies love to lay their eggs on food, garbage, compost, and even animal waste. In their short, three-week lifespan, a housefly can lay up to 1000 eggs – time enough for one pest to become a plague. We’ll show you how to prevent an outbreak in the first place, as well as how to use natural home remedies to keep flies at bay.
Use Scents against Pests
There are specific scents that insects do not like. Use this aversion to your advantage to keep flies away.
There are two possibilities:
Plant a scented barrier: Tomatoes, lavender, geraniums, and basil all produce odors that neither flies nor mosquitoes like. If you plant these on your balcony, terrace, or window boxes, you create a kind of natural scent barrier that keep the nuisances outside — a treat for all your senses!
Essential oils: If you’ve got a black thumb or plants are simply too much work, you can achieve the same effects with essential oils or scented sachets. Place a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus oils in an oil burner or drizzle them onto a sachet to immediately send both flies and other annoying insects packing.
An Ounce of Prevention
It’s best to keep flies from coming into your home in the first place, then to prevent them from multiplying, before trying to kill a horde of them. There are a number of easy preventative measures you can take:
Food waste: food waste, half-empty juice glasses or cans of soda, and any open food items are irresistibly attractive to flies. Therefore, in the summer months it’s especially important to ensure that nothing is stored out in the open.
Rotting fruit is an especially welcoming breeding ground for flies because of its high moisture content. After laying their eggs inside, it can be just eight hours at room temperature that the first larvae appear. Therefore, always check your fruit bowls for signs of rot and remove these fruits immediately.
Garbage bins: Especially in the warmest seasons, it’s important to empty your trash bins more often. Invest in a trash can that seals tightly to keep flies out entirely.
Last Resort: Build a Fly Trap
If you find yourself in the middle of a swarm and unable to control the situation with the preventative measures above, build yourself a natural fly trap with things you’ve got around the house.
For a sticky trap, you need:
- a few inch-wide pieces of sturdy newspaper
- some honey
- a paintbrush
- a holepunch
To build your fly trap:
First you punch holes at the top end of the paper strips and string them on one piece of string so that you can later hang your fly trap on the wall.
Carefully paint honey onto the paper strips. Make sure that the honey is applied so thinly that it cannot drip. The flies will be attracted by the sweet scent of the honey and will remain stuck to the strips.
Do you know of any other natural fly traps? Share your tips in the comments!
— By Katharina Bliem