How To Get Rid Of Flies Naturally And Effectively

Looking for natural yet effective ways on how to get rid of flies? Check out these tricks and tips.

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In this article:

  1. Flies Are More Than Just Annoying
  2. Why You Need to and Should Get Rid of Flies?
  3. Why Use Natural Ways to Get Rid of Flies?

How to Get Rid of Flies | 6 Ways to Make Flies Go Away

Flies Are More Than Just Annoying

There's nothing like flies in the house-the most annoying insect in the summer months. At the end of the summer season, you probably will have waved your arms to shoo flies away at least a hundred times.

Of course, the most classic phrase “Shut the door! You’re letting the flies in!” is heard in every household across the nation all summer long. But, are they harmless?

In fact, ‘how to get rid of flies and mosquitoes', are some of the top searches online. Indication of the need to get rid of these pesky pests once and for all.

Let’s learn a little more about this seemingly harmless insect…

Why You Need to and Should Get Rid of Flies?

Did you know there are over 100,000 known species of flies? Who knows how many unknown species there really are.

Did you also know flies are carriers of deadly diseases? Flies infest meat and other food items, spreading food poisoning bacteria like salmonella enteritidis.

Because a fly is a restless insect, it moves back and forth between food and filth, and this helps it in spreading infections faster. Flies are attracted to food by their sense of smell; however, they cannot eat solid food.

When a fly reaches the food it vomits on the solid food and creates a solution of it, then sucks it which, in turn, contaminates the food.

What are some other diseases spread by flies? Here is a complete list of reasons to get rid of flies for good:

  • Flies can cause typhoid and paratyphoid fevers.
  • They can also spread some other diseases like diarrhea and dysentery, cholera, and conjunctivitis by mechanical contamination.
  • Other diseases carried by house flies include salmonella, anthrax, and tuberculosis.
  • They are also known to transmit the eggs of parasitic worms.
  • Sandflies found in South America, Africa, and Europe are carriers of a microorganism responsible for a disease which eats away at human skin. This disease is known as Leishmaniasis.

Why Use Natural Ways to Get Rid of Flies?

Let’s talk repellents and deterrents to get rid of flies and other insects.

As with my other articles this summer, I will share recipes for all-natural fly repellents and deterrents. They are safer for you, your family, and your pets.

Harsh chemicals can cause more harm than good. So, before you reach for a store-bought can of insect repellent spray, read the following information on how you can get rid of flies the all-natural way.

Here’s a list of all-natural recipes and tricks to get rid of flies we’ll cover in this article:

1. Vodka Based Repellent

For some reason, flies hate vodka. They just cannot bear its smell, which is why some people use vodka-based repellents to get rid of flies.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 2 tsp of aloe vera juice
  • 1 tsp of lemon eucalyptus oil
  • 1/2 tsp of essential oil blend
  • Spray bottle


After mixing the ingredients, pour the mixture into a spray bottle. This can be applied on your skin or it can be sprayed near the infested area to repel flies.

2. Lemongrass Oil Repellent

Lemongrass oil has strong insect repellent properties. You can use the lemongrass oil to make a fly repellent spray that also works as a room freshener.

What You’ll Need:

  • 20-25 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • ½ cup of hot water
  • Spray bottle


After mixing ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle. Spray it along your doorways, windows, or any other fly-infested area.

Note: In absence of lemongrass oil, you can also use other essential oils such as lavender oil, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, pennyroyal oil, or peppermint oil. With these essential oils, however, you won’t achieve the same results you would get with lemongrass oil.

3. Clove-Based Deterrent


Cloves are pleasurably aromatic for humans, but flies (particularly house flies) cannot stand the scent of cloves. Here's a recipe to keep flies away using cloves.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lemon
  • 6 to 12 cloves
  • Plate


To make this deterrent, take a lemon and cut it into two halves. Poke 6-12 cloves into each half of the lemon.

Place on a plate and place in places you want to deter flies. Great for outdoor activities!

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4. Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel Repellent

It's amazing how much you can do with apple cider vinegar!

— Survival Life (@SurvivalLF) August 8, 2016

Want to know how to get rid of house flies with vinegar? This natural repellent works mainly with the common housefly.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup of witch hazel
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 30 – 60 of drops of eucalyptus oil
  • Spray bottle


  1. Mix 1/4 cup of witch hazel with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar.
  2. Add 30 – 60 drops of eucalyptus oil.
  3. Shake well.
  4. You can apply this repellent on the uncovered areas of your body.

Note: Avoid spraying near your eyes and mouth.

5. Sugar-Water Fly Trap

What You’ll Need:

  • Wide-mouthed jar
  • Sugar water
  • Paper cone


  1. Pour the sugar water in the jar.
  2. Cut a 1 cm diameter hole at the apex of the paper cone.
  3. Place the cone in the jar upside-down (it should not touch the liquid.)

Since the jar contains sweet liquid, the flies will be attracted to it and will go down through the cone into the jar. Once inside, they won’t be able to fly up through the hole to come out, therefore they’ll be trapped inside.

6. DIY Fly Paper

Flypaper is coated with a sweet fragrant (and extremely sticky) substance which attracts flies. The store-bought flypaper will often have a layer of a poisonous substance above the sticky portion of the flypaper.

You can make your own flypaper at home without the poisonous layer. Here’s how.

What You’ll Need:

  • Sheets of brown paper or thin cards
  • Scissors
  • Saucepan
  • A large-sized spoon for stirring
  • Corn syrup
  • Water


  1. Cut the brown paper sheets into 2 inch wide strips.
  2. Measure equal parts of corn syrup and water and pour into a saucepan and heat the mixture until it starts to boil.
  3. Constantly stir the mixture with the spoon while heating until it slightly thickens.
  4. After this, remove the pan from the heat and soak the strips in the mixture for at least 4 – 5 hours.
  5. Take out the strips and allow them to dry for 2-3 hours.
  6. When the strips are completely dry, hang them in the fly-infested area and your homemade flypaper is ready to catch flies.

Watch this video from Household Hacker for another step-by-step guide to making another fly trap to help get rid of flies:

When the fly season is on, they are practically everywhere. Unfortunately, one way to get rid of flies may be effective for a while but then there always seem to be another batch to take over.

Try a couple or more of these tricks to see which one works best. So far, the sugar water flytrap and flypaper are effective for me, especially outdoors.

Which of these ways on how to get rid of flies are you eyeing on to make soon? Tell us your thoughts about it in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 8, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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