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.
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.
you can also put a small bit of lime juice and salt in the bags with the pennies, it helps to keep the pennies shinier for longer :-)
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?
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!
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!
By M. Coates
Clean all of your sink drains. They could be drain flies that lay eggs in the gunk that builds up on the drain pipes.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
As long as there is an available food source the flies will not leave. You might try dry food only and see.
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.
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
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
I am not sure if marigolds work for flies or not, but they work for other insects.
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
I too live in South Alabama and that is a wonderful tip that I will be trying next summer. Does it matter which type of basil you use? Thanks for sharing!
This is the biggest lie ever. I went out and spent $50 on Basil plants and the very next day I have not only the same amount of flies in th house but one landed right on the plant, just to stick to me.
How do I get rid of flies outside?
By Michele H.
Make sure your yard is very clean. If you have dogs, clean up their poop everyday. If you have cats, clean up any dead critters they might have brought home for you. Clean up all decaying plants. Make sure your trash cans have lids that fit tight, and get rid of all standing water.
If you are talking about a patio area, or a porch, somewhere that is close to the house, one good way is to take a brown paper bag, crumple it a few times, so that it has lots of wrinkles in it. Then put some plastic or newspaper inside so that the bag holds some form. Tie the top with a cord, and attach it close to an entry door, either the entry to the house, or to the closed patio, wherever you are wanting to prevent the flies. It is best to put it under a roof, or it will have to be replaced after rain, but it may be worth it if you have to have out in the open. The flies seem to think the bag is a hornets nest and they will stay away. We got this information from this site months ago, and it seems to work quite well here in S. Alabama.
My condo is next to the dumpster. My small backyard is full of flies. What should I use to get rid of them?
I need some help with controlling flies in the pet area outside. I would like to use a home remedy if possible.