Is there anything more annoying than a fly?
Seriously, those things can be hard to swat and can end up living in your house for quite awhile before you actually get it. So this post is dedicated to some of the best ideas around the web to keep flies away.
1. Deter Flies Without A Trap
As recorded on BulldogBistro.com, Kristi did a little experiment she had heard about online that a bag full of water with pennies in it could keep flies away in your outdoor living space.
Since a plastic bag wasn’t the most visually appealing thing, she decided to try it out with a glass canning jar and it actually worked! The idea behind it is that flies see a reflection when they come near the water and simply decide to go elsewhere. Pretty cool!
2. Fly-free Dinner Party
Victoria from ASubtleRevelry.com has a super helpful post you might want to bookmark – 13 Summer Party Hacks.
She suggests to take some lemons and cut them in half, and put them in a dish. Then, add cloves to the top of the lemon and sit it out in advance of your outdoor dining. This will help cutdown on the flies swarming and works as a general pest deterrent.
Jackie and Robin from TwoChums.com also share this same advice. In fact, they have some great photos of what this setup might look like and said that it worked great for their dinner party!
3. Homemade Fly Spray (For Animals)
Here is a simple concoction that can be used to spray on horses, dogs, or other animals being bothered by flies. It’ll also work as a more general bug repellent as well, according to Weedemandreap.com
- 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 cup of Water
- 20 drops of doTERRA’s essential oil blend Terrashield
You mix all the ingredients into your own 16 oz spray bottle and spray it on your animal a couple of times per day. They also suggest that you keep the mixture refrigerated.
Besides this mixture, here is a helpful image from Ann Marie at Cheeseslave.com which gives 7 essential oils that will repel flies and other bugs:
4. Herbs That Repel Flies (and other pests)
Kayley Wagner has a fantastic list of plants and herbs that can repel flies and other pests.
Check out the post here.
A couple of common herbs that repel flies are mint and basil. They are also versatile herbs to have when you cook, so really they are 2 great places to start if you want to have an herb garden and have a fly problem.
That’s what we call 2 birds with 1 stone, my friends.
5. Homemade Fly Paper
Claire from Everydayroots.com has a really simple method for making your own fly paper. if you don’t know, fly paper attracts flies and then traps them, working like a glue trap.
Here is what you need:
-2 cups of water
-2 cups of sugar
-2 cups of honey, corn syrup, or maple syrup
-Sturdy brown paper
-A hole punch (can be improvised) and scissors
Here are the instructions according to Claire:
“Cut some strips of strong brown paper, like from an old paper grocery bag, about 6-10 inches long. The length is really up to you. At the top of each strip punch a hole and thread a piece of string through it, tying it off to form a hanging loop. In a saucepan, mix 1 part water, 1 part honey, and one part sugar, and heat until it is well combined. Let the mixture cool a little and then dip each paper strip into the syrup, coating each side well. Suspend the strips over a baking tray and leave to drip. When they’re dry, your sticky fly papers can be hung anywhere you need them. Be warned-these do catch flies, and they will fill up. It’s a rather nasty sight to see fly paper at full capacity, but just use good judgment as to when you should change it.”