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Getting Rid of Flies

Flies are not only annoying, but they can also be unsanitary. Getting rid of them is often a difficult undertaking. This is a guide about getting rid of flies.

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March 26, 2013 Flag
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I live on a farm in the South. I came across an old folklore fly repellent remedy that I had never seen.

Take a zip lock bag, 1 quart size is best. Put 2 pennies in it. Fill the bag around 3/4 full of water and close. Hang it near the door ways.
In the barn they say to place where the stall windows and doors are.

I tried it, (felt a little foolish when I did it) and the flies went the other way!
They used to fly into the house and drive me nuts. They would die on the window sills and floor beneath the windows. I had to sweep 'em up once a week. Bunches of them, now there's none. Now I may see 1 or 2 flies that sneaked in, the whole summer in my house.

I was told that flies have many facets on their eyes and they do not like the water reflecting the sparkles in their eyes. They don't like the copper either.

So if you see it, believe me it works. What have you got to lose? I have mine hanging all year round. I've seen them at other people's homes and I just giggle to myself. If they only knew how good that works, around the world.


August 5, 2015 Flag
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I have been noticing a lot of black flies this year in my office. The building is a typical Cape Cod style with two separate offices - one upstairs and one down. I have been renting the downstairs office for 23 years - the upstairs office has been vacant for 4 years. I went looking to try and find where these flies are coming from since I do not have open windows or doors. I went up to the vacant office and found hundreds of dead flies all throughout the space and when I went into the bathroom I found the toilet lid open and literally hundreds of dead flies in the bowl! I am totally skeeved out now and am not sure what to do?

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August 6, 20150 found this helpful


Someone should:

Clean the toilet and close the lid.

Clean the office.

Check all windows, doors, air conditioners in windows and other possible openings in the entire building and correct to stop all insect access.

This should stop further fly infestation. However, if you are still upset about any insect invasion, a pest control company can check the entire building and recommend solutions.

Flies are yucky, however, there are much worse problems in this world!

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August 6, 20150 found this helpful

Phone the landlord and complain about all the flies. Report that the office above is full of them, and ask him to clean it up and investigate how those flies are getting in. It will be very difficult to rent out that office space if it is full of flies!

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July 23, 2014 Flag
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tiny fly on white backgroundI have an infestation of tiny flies in my lounge and hall. They seem to want to gather around my window and sill. I don't know what they are, but at first I thought they were baby flying ants or fruit flies. I do have fruit in the dining room, but there aren't any flies in there and no flies in the kitchen. Could anyone tell me what I can do to eliminate them please.

By M. Coates

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July 25, 20140 found this helpful

Clean all of your sink drains. They could be drain flies that lay eggs in the gunk that builds up on the drain pipes.

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June 28, 20151 found this helpful

Use a small glass with straight sides, fill halfway with applecider vinegar and add a drop of dish lidquid stir once lightly and let sit! Place one on your kitchen counter and one where ever you seen the insects! You will see them in the bottom of the glass as they come for a drink and die! Don't think the promblem is solved after just seeing a few in the glass because they lay many eggs! After the glass has a lot of insects in the bottom empty, wash and replace with fresh vinegar and dish lidquid! It has been working for years for my family and friends! Past the info on to your family and friends like I did!

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September 18, 20160 found this helpful

Dish washing liquid or laundry detergent?

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June 17, 2012 Flag
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We have a terrible problem with flies on the front porch. We tried hanging a large bug zapper, 2 fly strips, and 2 basil plants. The flies are still there. What can I do to make them go away for good? We have this problem every summer.

By Bobbi J. from Burlinton, NJ

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June 19, 20120 found this helpful

Simple to at least try this tip I heard, flies hate prism lights their eyes can`t deal with it, hang up shiny cds at point of entry or a clear platic bag of water with pennies in it, the sun reflects all these items. Linda H. Bellevue, N.E

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June 19, 20120 found this helpful

I have heard the same thing that gardendreamer suggested. Only I heard that you put pennies in the bag of water. My neighbor has 5-6 small baggies with approx. 1 cup of water and 10 pennies in each baggie. She has them stapled going down the outside door frame of her enclosed sun room. She says it really works that she never has a problem with flies.

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June 25, 20120 found this helpful

Try to think of what is attracting the flies. Are they hatching in a dead mouse under the porch? Are you eating food on your porch? Once you remove their source of food they will no longer be attracted to the area.

I have always liked Yard Guard sprayed around outside before I sat out.

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May 10, 2014 Flag
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I have outside cats that I feed in a large platter. When the weather starts to get warm I have trouble with flies in and around their food and bedding. I've tried fly strips, but they don't work very well. Anyone have an idea how to get rid of and keep away the flies?

By Janet S.

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May 12, 20140 found this helpful

As long as there is an available food source the flies will not leave. You might try dry food only and see.

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May 12, 20140 found this helpful

I have put several drops of peppermint oil in my cat house, and it seems to repel flies. It does need to be refreshed every few days. I have read that lavender works as well although I have not tried it. Hope this helps.

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May 12, 20141 found this helpful

I wouldn't recommend going to dry cat food. It can take a real toll on your cats kidneys over time. I feed one cat outside. I have found that I have to feed the cat and then bring the dish in to be washed. Otherwise not only do the flies congregate, but the racoons show up as well as any neighborhood dogs who might go by. I dont run my dishwasher every day, so I went down to the Goodwill and bought a stack of dishes of the right size. After the kitty eats I stick the dish in the dishwasher. George appreciates the nice clean dish. No more flies, dogs or racoons. Good luck to you.

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April 3, 2010 Flag
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I have a problem with flies, I don't like using sprays because of my pets. I have tried tying a bunch of lavender in the window, but the flies just sit on it. Has anyone any other "natural" remedies?

By Janet from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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May 6, 20100 found this helpful

I have read that basil will get rid of them. Just put it in the areas you are having problems with. I haven't actually tried it though so I am not sure it will work. Good Luck

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June 11, 20120 found this helpful

I am not sure if marigolds work for flies or not, but they work for other insects.

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July 14, 20160 found this helpful

Marigolds DO NOT keep the flies away. They do, however, keep other insects from eating your plants and flowers.

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October 16, 2008 Flag

Flies here in south Alabama are terrible. A friend told about a natural fly repellent. I decided to try it. It's basil! It actually works. I planted seeds in two flower pots, thinned them out, (three or four plants to a pot). After the plants are six to eight inches tall, be sure to "head" the plants (pinch off the heads before they produce flowers). This also encourages the plants to bush out. Place out on your patio, deck or back door.

Before sitting the plants by the back door flies were continually coming in as the door opened. Problem solved! I will definitely use basil again next year. Flies do not like the strong odor / scent of basil. Even as small plants they did a very good job.

By roadgypsygranny from Atmore, AL

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