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How To Get Rid Of House Flies

Updated on November 7, 2014

How To Get Rid Of Houseflies

So how do you get rid of houseflies? Everyone has a fly in their house every now and then, but this year seems to be especially bad. I have lots of flies in my house that I want to get rid of.

Having those nasty flying bugs buzzing around my head drives me absolutely crazy. Not only are they annoying they carry many germs and diseases.

I have no idea where they are coming from but I'm learning rather quickly how to get rid of houseflies naturally!

House flies

House flies are not only one of the most annoying insects as they buzz around your head while you are trying to sleep or any other time, but they are also extremely unsanitary. These annoying insects will search out any tiny scrap of food they can find. They also leave behind something for you or your children, bacteria that causes diarrhea, cholera and food poisoning to name a few.

House flies lives for approximately 2-3 weeks and breed on garbage and feces. A female house fly can lay up to 500 eggs. Wow that's a lot of flies!

A Clean House

Believe me, I am no Clorox Queen. I like to think that my home is clean and tidy. The flies on the other hand have found "something" they like because they don't want to leave.

The first thing to do in getting rid of house flies is keep your house clean. It has been shown that certain oils such as orange, lemon and cloves repel flies. Surfaces such as your counters and table should be wiped down. Cover your compost, garbage, bread and fruits.

If house flies do not have access to your food scraps there will be no temptation for them.

House Flies Do Not LIke The Cold!

It's a beautiful day outside and you just can't wait to open those windows and get some fresh air, getting rid of that houseatosis.

Make sure that all your windows and doors have screens to keep those nasty house flies outside and not in your home.

Fly Repellents From The Kitchen

There are some simple and inexpensive ways that you use from your kitchen to repel house flies.

It has been shown that house flies do not like the smell of cloves, neither do some of us humans. They also don't like basil, planting basil can repel flies so they will not be attracted enough to go in your home every time you open the door. You could even plant some basil outside by your doors and in a window box outside your windows to keep the flies away.

Photo courtesy of John Wood
Photo courtesy of John Wood

The Water Bag

An Old Wives Tale? Some say yes, some say no. When we moved to North Carolina one of my husband's co-workers told us to hang bags of water to keep the flies away.

The premise behind this is light refraction and the many lens in the flies eyes. Simple explanation. We tried it and honestly don't know if it worked or not. I think it may have been that we just could not get the bags to hang and they were leaking all over!!! I think we need a heavier plastic bag.

This picture of hanging water bags was taken by John Woods in Mexico at a restaurant so someone else seems to think it works.

Fly Traps

Fly Traps are easy to use. They come with bait which is put in the trap. The bait attracts the flies and and traps them in the container or bag to their demise. Once the trap is filled, you can just throw the bag away. Fly Traps are made for indoor and outdoor use.

Be sure to keep them at least 30 feet or so from your house so that the flies stay away from your house. The traps have an unpleasant odor for people but the flies love them.

There is also a huge array of non toxic sprays that will keep your back yard, campground or beach blanket free of any insects.

Zap And Swat

Fly Zappers are just that they emit a current and zap your flies dead on impact. Fly Swatters are the tried and true way to swat those little pests.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      On a hot summer day I made fish.....MISTAKE ! Had the windows open w/screens but that did not stop them. For a couple of years after that I was chasing flies...I now use that new tennis racquet electrifier and fry them. I hate flies. Things are better this year and I wash the dishes etc. immediately.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I absolutely positively hate houseflies. Disgusting and dirty I can handle having most insects around but not those. I wonder if a hanging mirror outside would create the light refraction as well?

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      daisychainsaw lm 5 years ago

      Lots of useful info here, thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I was thinking the same thing about our pig's cage also. I decided to downgrade his cage to our original one so that there was less bedding for them to land in.

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      vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

      We have a lot of fruit flies right now, seems to be their time of year. Thanks for the tips! Maybe I try one of those fruit fly traps.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Flies are very dirty. They should be kept away from the house. Thank you for sharing this. I find it very useful and interesting. Great lens!

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      christineallen 5 years ago

      Really useful information here. A tidy kitchen is out of the question with a 16 year old daughter and her boyfriend frequenting it day and night, but I will try all the other tips.Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have 4 guinea pigs, so their cages, no matter how often we clean them, attract flies. I This year is the worst fly year we've experienced. They don't land on us, just love the timothy hay, veggie bits, guinea pig poop/pee, and wood chips that are in the 23 square feet of guinea pig cages. I love the tip about basil plants.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Great tips, especailly planting basil outside doors and windows. When the occasional fly gets into our house, I have a cat that loves to "hunt" and then eat it!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      It drives me mad when flies are in the house. Great tips.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Great tips. I'll be prepared next year.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!! I have flies in my basement, many flies. Last year I had the same problem. Of course they travel up into the other parts of the house. I am trying to figure out if they are breeding in my basement, how and where.Once the weather turns cold, they disappear.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i got all kinds of flys in my kitchen windows and no windows or doors open i don't nowhere they are coming from i spray them to. I need help

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      Justinleon LM 5 years ago

      Very helpful. Keep it up to write a useful stuff.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Seems i kill 1 fly 2 show up ,then kill 2 4 are up- by the next morning are house was infested with flies,not sure what to do ,so i checked you people out and found some answers,sure hope they work.Man i hate those little dudes, J :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WHAT IS THE CHEMICAL TO MAKE FLYPAPER UR SELF SO U CAN KILL FLYS ANY TIME U WISH.....BILLIONS OF EM....out side by garbage cans or dumpsters....if fly paper just paste n for get it let it do the work.....what can i use pls......ants also

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      I've got an orange sour tree.

      Just found a new use for them.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it didn't work only flytraps super speed: by sonic

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      anonymous 5 years ago


      We have just bought a bug Zapper you know the one that is supposed to zap them with the electric current? It´s a night light as well so altogether if it don´t work one way it will come in handy as a night light lol.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ill let my dad know

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I use fly swatters inside the house, and fly traps outside. There are still quite a few buzzing around inside, but at least these 2 things knock down their numbers. Nice article!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Making sure to close doors or use the screen door is the best trick for me. But I guess once they're in the house, nothing beats a good fly swatter.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Basil doesn't work. I have a basil cutting in my kitchen and the flies are landing on it.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      The bag of water trick seems to be the one with the most positive results, at least as far as I've read. I guess we'll give it a try. Not sure why, but golly the flies are horrible this year!

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      jedward78 5 years ago

      Do you think these methods would work on fruit flies, too?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Plain old alcohol in a spray bottle works on a variety of insects.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      LampsPest 6 years ago

      Interesting lens - I own a small pest control company in Lexington SC and am amazed how many people use the hanging bag trick. I am not sure if it works since I know many people who swear it work but when I go to their home they are gettin flies.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      We had the hanging water bags at a church picnic. Jury is still out on the effectiveness! Thanks for sharing an interesting and dare say unorthodox set of fly elimination tips!

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      lekishamragland 6 years ago

      The mosquito trap works by mimicking the smell and sight of prey, fooling mosquitoes into sensing a blood meal close at hand. But when they get near, powerful fans capture them and force them into containers.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      me and my husband moved to oklahoma several months ago. this past weekend was very nice weather considering we are almost at thanksgiving. we decided to open the doors and windows, to air out the house. ( maple and brown sugar bacon will make your house smell like maple syrup for days) Now we have a ton of flys all over the house, hopefully some of the ideas i have read will help if anyone else has any ideas i would love to try, please let me know

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @yayas: I think the weather mixed with the rotting of vegetation in crops on the ground and run off from the ground crops can definitely contribute to this. This extra hot summer right after the bad winter probably didn't help either. I don't remember northern Ohio being this humid before ever.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We live very close to an oil refinery. I wonder if the hoards of flies shoot in to get away from whatever the huge steam pipes from that thing put out. It's creepy. We moved here 1 month ago. But, we lived here 20 yrs. ago and had the same problem. I'm super clean with house keeping and this is ridiculous.

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      iQwestArticles 6 years ago

      The flies at our house are enough to drive you insane. You can't leave a door open for more than a few seconds without a hoard of them zipping their way in. I don't get it either because we keep a very clean house!

      I'm on the verge of rotator cuff surgery after having to run around the house like a wild man snapping the towel chasing flies. Good riddance!!!

      Thanks for your tips - I'm praying one works!!!

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      yayas 6 years ago

      I live where there are lotsa' farmers harvesting crops, so the flies are incredibly thick, this year. I keep telling myself that the harvesting is stirring up all the little critters an' causing 'em to wanna' find a new home. Actually though, I think it has something to do with the strange weather, all over the world 'cause, like you said, everyone is fighting the same pro'lem. Thanks for addressing this annoyance. I think I'm gonna' try Every. Single. One. 'Uh your suggestions an' see if I can do my part to rid the world of the nasty little demons. grrrrr

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      ShellB 6 years ago

      Flies try to get in my house due because its cool. When the temps get in the 100's flies line up by the hundred to get inside and cool down. I hate it!

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      squidoolover76 6 years ago

      I discovered some important tips to control flies from your lens

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      mavens 6 years ago

      The best way to get rid of houseflies is by keeping your house clean and removing garbage promptly.

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      Mia Carter 6 years ago from SW Florida

      Great tips

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I usually don't have too much trouble with flies. I wonder if any of your tips would work on mosquitoes?

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I mix vinegar, sweetjuice and liquid dishwash on a flat dish like a cap of a bottle. If the stuff is too thick - add some water. The flies go there and drown of greed to drink it.

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      totalhealth 6 years ago

      lighting a candle is another way of getting rid of flies. i'm not quite sure about it but some say they are effective.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      FYI basil doesn't seem to work for me. I have it planted in my kitchen window and the flies are all over it. I will try the citrinella and lemon oil though.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Nice list, I believe house flies are very depending on smell, so if we do not want them around, we should not have anything what smells good to them. Easier said then done...

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      BeautifulHouses 6 years ago

      Helpful lens, thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I put a fan inside the door to keep the flies from comin in seems to work. those stinky traps work!

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      alkapuri 6 years ago

      awesome lens.

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      JustinLeDrummer 6 years ago

      I'll ask my dad to plant those plants because we have way too many flies here. I just killed like 10 with a fly swatter, but they keep coming back!

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Good to know for the summer weather when the windows are open more. Thumbs up!

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      I hate Bluebottles that never seem to find the open window to fly out again

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      im gonna try these :)

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      WebIsFun 7 years ago

      This is really useful. Fortunately we don't seem to get flies where I currently live. But I hear your frustration and love the solutions. Now to only find a way to get rid of ants!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Just got my wings and had to come back to give this awesome lens with a blessing. I added a link here: Angel Blessings from Pukeko October 2010

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Basil and cloves - this is very good to know. They don't use screens on windows or doors here (New Zealand), nor do they have air conditioning, but we do have house flies. I am bookmarking this so I can find it again as soon as the weather warms up!

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      glenbrook 7 years ago

      I remember my grandpa setting out pans of some kind of resin for the flies to get stuck in. Nice lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Get rid of your toaster - no matter clean it is, there are always a few hidden crumbs!

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      TrueGhostTales 7 years ago

      Interesting stuff! I have never heard of the water bag trick before. Logically I don't see how it could work but I could be wrong. Definitely - keeping the house clean is the biggest factor.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lensrolled and blessed today :)

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      Great lens with lots of information - thanks for sharing!

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      ItsAngel LM 7 years ago

      I live in South Carolina and the flies will drive you mad! this is a great lens! thanks

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Great lens lots of information. I am glad that there are more and more natural ways to get rid of pest besides the chemical ways that most of us grew up using.