One of the biggest annoyances in life is the sound and feeling of a fly buzzing around your head while you're trying to eat, work around the house, or even sleep. They're annoying, they're disgusting, have the potential to be dangerous, and you want them out of your house.
You have come to the right place if you're looking for different ways to take care of that fly before it becomes some more than an annoyance. Here are just a few ways to take care of the problem indoors and out with store-bought products and natural homemade remedies alike. There's a little something for everyone, especially those dumb flies.
The first and most important step is to find out where and how the flies are getting into your house. Make sure your window screens are free of holes or tears, your windows and doors close properly, and your roof vents don't give flies any clear ways to enter the interior of your home.
Flies have one mission in life: eat. It doesn't matter if it's fresh food or a rotten apple core that fell behind the trash can, flies will eat just about anything. If you want to prevent flies from getting in while also taking care of the problem that's already there, make sure they can't access any food - both fresh and rotten - and they'll have no reason to become the worst kind of house guest.
Once the house and food sources are secure, you'll want to attack and kill the flies that are already trapped. You can either go with a chemical-based bait model (make sure it's safe around children and pets like this one) or an electronic fly killer that can take care of your problem without the worry of a mess.
After that, it's just a waiting game. After planting the traps, routinely check them to ensure their effectiveness and make sure no more flies have gotten inside your house.
Now that you have killed the flies in your house and sealed it off so that no more come inside, it's time to tackle the source of your problem: the outside of your house. If you ever want to enjoy the peace and quiet of your backyard without having to worry about flies buzzing around your head and food ever again, make sure you follow these steps when outside this summer.
Whether you buy one or make one of your own, installing a flytrap on your back deck or patio will make your summer evenings that much more enjoyable now that you can watch them get stuck and suffer late into the night. They're simple, cheap, and won't give off a lot of noxious fumes.
Lighting a few candles and placing them around your backyard will help keep those bugs away while also creating a nice ambience for you and your guests. The possibilities are endless.
Much like the inside of your house, if you don't want flies - and other bugs - flying around, don't give them a reason to come. It will be hard to keep them away with all of the food you bring out there during a BBQ or outdoor meal. By keeping the area clean, you will prevent them from coming around when you're just outside relaxing.
Flies often lay eggs in tall grass and weeds, so don't give them anywhere from the start. Keeping your grass short and mowing frequently will help keep the flies at bay before they even get started.
What about those of us who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on fancy electronic fly traps? Well, you can always go the do-it-yourself route and create a DIY fly trap that won't require you to make any purchases that might break your budget.
This recipe only calls for a handful of supplies - apple cider vinegar, sugar, water, dish soap, and a mason jar or empty bottle - and can be constructed in as little as a few minutes.
There are quite a few variations of this method out there, including ones that involve pouring vinegar, soap, water, and sugar in a shallow dish, and even one that involves putting those ingredients into an old wine bottle.
There are multiple natural substances out there that will all but stop flies from entering your home or outdoor space, leaving you and your family free to enjoy yourselves for a change.
One common method involves steeping cayenne pepper in a water bottle and using it as a spray treatment. By simple spraying the doorways, window sills, and other trouble spots of your house, flies will stay far away. This method is ideal due to the fact that it's natural, cheap, and easy to use.
If pepper spray isn't your forte, you could always try finding garden plants that are natural fly deterrents. Try planting some lavender, mint, or even bay leaf in pots near the entrances to your home or in your garden. It's a win-win situation - you'll have an assortment of fresh herbs and you won't have any flies.