Find out how to get rid of flies naturally and effectively. If those pesky insects are ruining your time outdoors, use these tips and tricks to get rid of them naturally. It’s time to learn how to keep those flies at bay! From homemade fly traps to fly repellent, take your pick on how to get rid of flies easily and naturally.
How To Get Rid of Flies | Tried and Tested Tricks
Homemade Fly Traps
1. DIY Mango Wine Bottle Fly Trap
Amazingly, even flies cannot resist the intoxicating power of wine—they’ll be drawn to the aroma of the fruit inside the bottle. The idea is to trap the fly inside the bottle and send them to their doom by adding a few strips of mango or other fruits as fly bait.
2. Compost Bowl Fly Trap
Gnats, fruit flies, and house flies are easily attracted to rotten things and making a DIY trap with compost as fly bait will be very effective. You can even use this method for your large scale compost which I am pretty sure is also a concern in your homestead.
3. Easy Homemade Fruit Fly Trap
You’ll be amazed at this quick and easy method to get rid of gnats and fruit flies. It’s super simple, you may even wonder why you haven’t thought of this before. You only need a jar, fruit slices, and a piece of paper. Get rid of fruit flies with this easy homemade fly trap!
4. Homemade Fly Paper
Flypaper is convenient but as a true blue homesteader, I opt to make my own, naturally and chemical-free. Best of all, is I get to use homegrown honey instead of the icky stuff in the commercial flypapers that sometimes sticks to my hands.
Remember y’all, you can catch more house flies with honey than with cider vinegar.
(I may not have come up with this saying first, but I sure do say it a lot!)
5. Tried And True Fly Trap Recipe
For some reason, gnats and fruit flies are attracted to this mixture. See how you can make it here and get rid of gnats and flies.
6. DIY Organic Fly Trap
Want a little upcycling project to keep the flies away? Here’s something you can make with a two-liter soda bottle. You can also get the instructions and full details for a DIY fly trap here.
7. The King Of DIY Fly Traps
Have you ever had a day where house flies seem to be in full-scale invasion mode? You will need this heavy-duty fly catch which you can build on your own. I’m sure you’ll cringe over the hundreds of flies you’ll catch, but it’s so satisfying!
Homemade Fly Repellent Recipes
8. Homemade Fly Spray Recipe
This is why we always keep a herb garden in our homestead. It’s a good thing that the herbs we love so much are hated by the very critters we also hate! You can make use of an old spray bottle and at the same time, rid of house flies.
9. Dish Soap, Vinegar, And Water Fly Spray
Who knew a mix of dish soap, vinegar, and water could keep the flies at bay? Use a spray bottle to sprinkle it all over repel flies. You can also make your own homemade vinegar from this guide here.
10. DIY Insect Repeller Using Essential Oils
Ditch your fly swatter and get rid of pesky flying insects with this DIY repeller using essential oils! This one is unique as it uses 5 kinds of essential oils including peppermint, lavender, citronella, lemongrass, and rosemary. You can opt to buy or but as a true homesteader, perhaps making your own essential oil is the answer.
Grow A Fly Repellent Garden
11. Plant Fly-Repellent Herbs
Grow a garden and yard that spells, ‘Flies are not welcome here!’ Besides keeping your garden clean, this will also help you get rid of flies naturally.
It’s no secret that herbs are like the wonder plants in your garden. Other than working magic in your dishes, they also act as your garden’s best friend by being such useful companion plants to your vegetables. More than their health-boosting properties, they’ve got pest-repelling benefits too. Mask the foul odor from your farm animals by spreading dried herbs over barns or chicken coop.
12. Clove Fly Repellent
- Having a picnic outdoors but got yourself some uninvited guests? If you have clove in your pantry then you have the perfect solution. Stick them all over your fruits and you will notice that flies won’t come to your table.
13. Care For Fly-Trapping Plants
Have you ever heard about these plants that are the stuff of sci-fi and horror movies? Don’t worry about these plants, like the Venus flytrap, attacking you. They won’t grow to be that big, but they can and they will devour flies and insects unlucky enough to venture near it. They might not get rid of all the flies in your yard, but they are an interesting and useful plant to have in your collection.
If you know of the unhealthy and even dangerous long-term effects of chemical pest repellent, you won’t think of using them again. While there’s no one ultimate solution to getting rid of flies, you can use these methods as multiple strategies to combat these pests. Most importantly, you now know how to get rid of flies naturally and safely! I’m sure you’ve all had that experience where there’s an annoying fly that just keeps on coming back, and it gets in the way of you finishing your tasks. With that said, I never let those cringy critters get the better of me, and you shouldn’t either.
Do these tips and tricks give you an idea of how to get rid of flies? Let me know which method you plan to try and how it went in the comments below.
Pestered by mosquitoes as well? Check out these natural mosquito repellent plants you must plant in your garden.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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