Getting Rid of House Flies

House flies are a nuisance and unsanitary. Getting rid of house flies is easy if you use the proper methods. This is a guide about getting rid of house flies.

March 12, 2012 Flag
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You're not going to believe this. I went through quite a few websites, reading all the hints about getting rid of houseflies. One of them mentioned lavender amongst quite a few other options in one simple sentence. I latched onto the lavender idea when I remembered that I have a small bottle of Lavender Essential Oil in my cupboard and thought I'd try it, not that I really believed it would work.

My bedroom window is always open for any hungry stray cat that might find its way to my cats' bowls of dried catfood. I always cover the fish bowl immediately after my cats have eaten, but still there would be lots of flies buzzing around. In my study where they would land on my arms or on my computer and they would mostly be just too fast for me to swat them!


I put a few drops on an ordinary small piece of typing paper and put it in my room where I feed my cats. Now this is the you're-not-going-to-believe-this part! Within 5 minutes - as in almost immediately - all the flies were out the window! I was flabbergasted. So I put another small piece of lavender paper on my desk and the same thing happened. Then I went to the kitchen and put down one there. All the flies gone. One or two would come in the windows or door, fly around a bit and fly right out again! I had to laugh. I found a fly sitting on the kitchen counter and I brought the piece of lavender right up to its nose - so as to speak. It flew away like a bat out of hell. One thing is for sure, flies HATE lavender! And it's really so cheap too. Two or three oily drops on the paper spreads into a huge oily spot.


I am so thankful to who-ever posted this tip that I went through all the palaver to fill in all my details to be able to post on this site because I felt that the world should know :-) But, on second thoughts, this is a very nice website and I've bookmarked it.

Source: Someone, somewhere on the Internet.

By Ellabelle from Cape Town

April 23, 20130 found this helpful

I tried this and it didn't work, in fact we had more flies in the house...where did you get your oil? I put a few drops in different little bowls all around...nothing worked.

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August 10, 20130 found this helpful

It did not work for me either, I even put it on a/c filter to spread through entire house. It is also about $8.00/oz.

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October 29, 20130 found this helpful

I'm gonna try it even though im reading negative reviews. I totally believe what may work for others may not work for everyone. So I'll let everyone know if it works and what type of Lavender.

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June 30, 20160 found this helpful

November 25, 2016 Flag
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I need a spray to prevent flies laying eggs on my silk flowers.

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November 26, 20160 found this helpful

I found your question to create more questions so I did some research. I can find no website or article that says they land and lay eggs on surfaces that are not or were not organic. So I am at a loss as to an answer. But, perhaps someone else can. I wish you luck.

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June 18, 2013 Flag
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I hate pesky houseflies, they drive me bonkers! I found a tip involving cucumber peelings Well, I put them on the windowsill last evening and I can report that they seem to be staying away.

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July 31, 2011 Flag
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We just returned from a week's vacation to find flies all over the place! No one was in the house and I did not have them before we left, so we have no clue where they are coming from. They are so disgusting and dirty. Does anyone have any idea how to get rid of them aside from a fly swatter or vacuuming them? I'd like to spray something, but I don't want to use chemicals that might hurt the kids. Thanks!

By MrsC

August 4, 20110 found this helpful
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My husband uses a strip of duct tape to home make fly tape. He twists the strip, securing it to itself to maintain the twist, then sticks it up. It is beyond gross and works like a charm.

(But I'd rather be able to find the real fly tapes, lol! I haven't seen them here in the UK which is why I'm glad my husband knows how to turn a strip of duct tape into a fly tape:)

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August 15, 20120 found this helpful
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I tried duct tape out of desperation with no luck. I then took a jar and filled it an inch or two with water with a drop of dish soap and a piece of raw meat. All the flies went into the water and drowned.

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May 11, 20160 found this helpful

I just read that lavender works lol who new. It's worth a try.

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July 18, 20160 found this helpful

May 5, 2011 Flag

To keep flies out of the house, plant some basil plants in a pot and place it on the board of the window. Flies move away because of the aromatic scent of the basil plant.

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May 25, 2011 Flag
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Flies, I hate those little pests. When I walk out my back door flies seem to be there waiting to come in. Maybe it's the air-conditioning. Is there any type preventative measure to keep them away?

By Julie

May 26, 20110 found this helpful
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Someone I know hangs a zip-lock sandwich baggie full of water over their doorway. He swears that it keeps the flies out of his house and he leaves his front door open and doesn't have a screen door. I have no idea if it works or even how or why it works, but I don't see any flies in his house.

As for the flies outside of your house waiting to ambush you. I'd call a plant nursery or an exterminator and ask questions as to what's causing it to happen all of a sudden. Good luck.

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May 29, 20110 found this helpful

Reading the comments, I have to say, this is strange; this is the first time I have had a real problem with them, too....But I have gone to an outdoor fruit/ vegetable stand in the past, where flies are usually notorious and the man had the baggies of water hanging,and not the first fly!

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November 12, 20130 found this helpful

The water in the plastic bag works because when he flies come towards it their image is so highly magnified they are scared off. If you don't believe me, try it!

It works the same with strings of CD's or DVD's. The reflection of the fly is so big they think it is a predator and fly off. We live in southern Spain and use the CD method and it works. A lot of the older Spanish people use the plastic bag and water idea.

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July 2, 2012 Flag
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Over the weekend (starting on Saturday afternoon) we opened our patio door. The screen door is always shut even when we close the glass door. Out of nowhere, there were approximately 15-20 flies on the screen on the inside. We sprayed the screen and the flies died. However, later that night, still in the kitchen there were about 10-12 more flies flying around the kitchen, but all seemed to be hanging around the sliding glass door. My question is: Where are the flies coming from and why all of a sudden? The more we spray the more they seem to come out.

By Debra W.

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July 2, 20120 found this helpful
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It might be that a fly has laid her eggs somewhere in your house and they've all reached maturity. One time I was absolutely swarmed with fruit fly-like bugs in the thousands (or it seemed to be!). I've never seen so many bugs. It turned out they were coming from the trashcan. I cleaned it out well under the lid and the bugs all soon died.

Maybe have a good clean around any potential food sources, cleaning out trash cans and areas where pets eat, things like that. They should be gone within a few days. If they're on the glass door they might actually be trying to get out, so you might have luck shooing them outside. Fly strips or traps might help too and be better for your lungs than spraying. Good luck!

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July 4, 20120 found this helpful
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I once had flies inbetween the panes of glass on a window. Luckily, they were not sealed panes, and I could take the inner one off to get rid of the flies. Who knows how they get in? Not me! I suspect that flies can crawl into spaces and "hibernate" in the walls, and then crawl out at the oddest times.

House flies will not be breeding in your trash can or around your pet's food unless your house is full of something like rotten meat, which I seriously doubt. House flies have a fairly long life cycle - egg, maggot, pupae, and then adult fly. You'd certainly have noticed maggots somewhere I think. Your flies have likely come from outside somehow, and been laying low inside the wall,. Makes them sound like little spies, but that seems to describe their behaviour! LOL

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August 5, 2013 Flag
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Please has anyone any tips keeping flies out of the kitchen and living areas

August 12, 20130 found this helpful

We had a fly in our house for several days could not get it, one day left a pan in sink with water and dawn within an hour the fly was in the pan.

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September 1, 20130 found this helpful

Insects don't like dryer sheets, so anywhere you don't want bugs, hang a dryer sheet. This is a great idea especially if you are having a cook out or an outdoor party. The dryer sheet will keep the mosquitoes, flies and bees away from you and your guests. It works like a citronella candle, but it's a little cheaper.

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May 6, 20140 found this helpful

Just wait for it to land and then kill it.

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May 28, 20160 found this helpful

August 16, 2010 Flag
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I can't get rid of all these house flies. I could get rid of them in the morning then later I have even more. I tried the wine in the pan with dishsoap, nothing happened. I have spent the last hour with a fly swatter, but I still have a good two dozen still flying around.

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September 3, 2011 Flag
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How can you get rid of house flies?

By Tony from Nigeria

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September 4, 20110 found this helpful
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Just put everything away clean you sink, they will die in a day or two.

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