In a previous blog, I listed the complaints I have with buzzing flies and how they always seem to be plotting an evil plan with their sneaky ways.
Now that we know more about the enemy we can plot on our side to get rid of the flies that invade our homes! Take that, flies!
Below are easy, DIY tips on how to get rid of flies:
- Did you know that flies can lay up to 600 eggs in a lifetime and at temperatures of 30 degrees, they can mature into adults in only 10 days! Rubbish bins are the ideal breeding place for maggots, so be sure to keep bins tightly sealed.
- As flies need moisture to proliferate, cover or remove any bowls or dishes that contain standing water.
- Because flies like to eat faeces, manure and rotting food, they spread diseases such as Salmonella, E.Coli and TB. So make sure to cover food any food left out before they decide to make their grand landing and contaminate what you’re about to eat!
- Did you know that flies cannot land in a cross wind? Place a fan in areas such as your kitchen and dining room to make it impossible for them to land on surfaces.
- Lavender is a great natural remedy that repels flies. Dip a cloth in lavender oil and place in a tin can, close the lid and leave it for 24 hours. Thereafter, open the lid and place the tin in areas where you see flies are most prominent. As the cloth dries out, repeat the previous steps and also be sure not to let the oil come into contact with your skin. If you don’t have lavender oil, you can also make use of eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemongrass or citronella oil. Be sure to dilute these oils with water or alcohol in a 1:3 ratio.
- During my research found that apple cider vinegar can help to get rid of flies that invade your home. Mix apple cider vinegar with liquid detergent. The aroma will attract flies and they will drown in the solution. Studies have also indicated that the scent of green apple soap attracts flies, so alternatively you can mix two teaspoons with a bit of water.
- Bags of water as a method to get rid of flies seemed a little strange to me but after doing some investigation on the topic, and putting this to the test, it seemed to work quite well! So all you need to do is get a few zip-lock bags, fill them half full of water, place a few coins inside the bag and place them at entrances where flies gain access into the home – and voila! The theory behind this is that the reflection of the coin in the water disorientates flies, creating some sort of bizarre illusion to them. Another thought is that that as flies are preyed on by many other animals and insects, they won’t take the chance of going near these bags in case they might be food for something else.
Armed with remedies you can implement at home, you can now get back at flies for all the annoyance they cause. *Cue evil laugh! See more tips to get rid of flies. If all else fails, call the Experts at Rentokil.