House flies may seem like an inevitable consequence of living in urban and rural areas, but that's just not so. There are simple, easy things you can do to rid your domicile of these annoying home invaders.
01 of 08
Eliminate Food Sources
Try to see your house the way a fly sees it. Dirty dishes in the sink, unlidded trash cans, and compost bins, and half-empty pet food bowls are all inviting sources of food for flies. Go through your house room by room, and do what you need to do to shut down the buffet.
And, don't do just do it once in a while. To keep your home fly-free, get into the habit of doing a weekly (or bi-weekly) fly check, perhaps on trash collection day or when the maid is coming.
02 of 08
Clean Up After Your Pets
If you need a reason to stay on top of your pet-related chores, then here it is. Flies lay 75 to 150 eggs at a time, and they prefer to lay those eggs on poop. Becuase it takes as little as 24 hours for fly eggs to hatch, for every dog pile that you leave in your backyard today, you will be looking at 150 more flies tomorrow.
It's important to scoop up after your pets on a daily basis and be sure to keep their cages clean as well.
03 of 08
Figure Out How They're Getting In
It's normal for some flies to get in with the opening and closing of doors. However, if you have a lot of flies in your home, you need to figure out how they're getting in. Examine your window screens for tears, and patch or replace any that are damaged. Then, take a look at the caulking around all windows and doors. If you haven't re-caulked in a while, then that may be the culprit. Finally, inspect the weather stripping around your doors, and make the necessary adjustments or... replacements to ensure your home is air-tight.
04 of 08
Make a Fly Trap
Here's how to fight back by making a fly trap to lure flies away from your patio and deck while eating al fresco during the summer. This crafty project keeps annoying flies away from your outdoor meals using an everyday household product (an empty plastic bottle)Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Flypaper will never win a design competition, but it sure does the trick. Pick up some flypaper at the store, order online, or make your own at home. Simply hang it up, and watch the flies flock to it.
06 of 08
Hang a Bag of Water
If you've ever seen a bag of water hanging over someone's door and wondered why it's because the bag of water keeps the flies out. No one knows exactly how it works (it's thought to be visually confusing to the flies), but it definitely works. Just fill sturdy bags (e.g., freezer bags) halfway up with water, and tack them over each of your exterior doors. Just make sure you tack the bags securely so you don't dowse your guests.
07 of 08
Use Plants to Keep Flies Away
If you want to go the natural route, flies have an adverse reaction to such herbs as lavender, mint, lemongrass, and basil. You can use them as foundation plantings around your house, or stick them in flower pots positioned by your front and back door.
08 of 08
Make Fly Repellent Spray
Stock up on essential oils that flies don't like (including lavender, clove, mint, lemongrass, and basil) and use them to make your own fly repellent spray.
To mix, just fill a spray bottle with water and add enough essential oil to fragrance. Then, spray it in your kitchen and around your doorways to keep the flies out. Of course, you'll need to re-spray regularly to maintain the effect.
Be sure to label your fly repellent, so that others know what it is, and store it out of the reach of... children and pets.