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Rid House Flies Without Chemicals

Updated on July 2, 2012

Those Annoying House Flies

Of all the species causing us great annoyance by their present the fly has got to be the one which well defies the meaning of a pest. People and beast alike are a target for these sometimes blood sucking intruders. Everyone at one time or another will experience the annoyance of a fly.

Common house flies roam even the cleanest structures if allowed to invade. Screens and weather stripping are the best prevention we have for keeping them out. Sealing up any entry way like those crevices around window sills will leave them without a means of getting in. Busy households with doors swinging endlessly as each resident goes and comes, invites flies to enter. Country folks living anywhere close to a farm or wooded area will be prime choices for flies to intimidate. Fly swatters, ultraviolet light traps and sticky fly ribbons can be the safest combat of defense we have. Although house flies are less likely to bite like some of its relatives, their ability to carry bacteria and disease is just as threatening.

Avoid Chemicals

The danger of using pesticides and insecticides should be considered before such actions are taken. Not only will it kill flies, but the fumes are not good for us or our pets to be around either. Read the labels. It’s toxic. Extreme precautions are important. Surely there are better ways. The length of caution warnings are nearly as long as the aerosol can the product is in. The safest way to use these extreme methods would be not to use them at all. Chemicals of any kind are harmful. Our homes shouldn’t have to be a place to experiment with them. If we must spray this stuff, outdoors would be the place to do it. So, the can label states for use indoors and outdoors doesn’t mean you won’t have residue of the toxic contents all over your floors, walls and furnishings. The dead flies are found anyplace they may fall, making for an unpleasant task of clean up.


Alternative to Pesticides

Not only will filth and nasty odors attract flies, but some good smells draw them, too. Certain shampoos, soaps and perfumes for whatever the reason, seem to be an invitation. If they seem more drawn to you than others, perhaps your choice of fragrance is their choice as well. However there are pleasant odors flies tend to stay away from. There are herbs, spices and plants we can keep around our homes to make flies stay clear. Flies hate mint, lavender, basil, clover, cloves, and marigolds. Eucalyptus oil will repel flies as well as mosquitoes.

Flies breed in decaying organic plant and animal matter. They love moisture. Eliminate breeding grounds to destroy the fly population near your home. Keeping garbage as far away as possible will vanish any welcome sign to invite them in. Flies will always be here, but we can control their habitat if an effort is made. A feast of any type of food or waste will draw them close. Ants are not the only unwelcome guest to a picnic. Tips to avoid flies from becoming a nuisance can be simple. Natural remedies and common sense prevention is far better than any chemical released into our environment.


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    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thanks for stopping by, rebeccamealey. I agree that the fly swatter is still our best defense to battle those pesky flies.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for information about the pesky flies. I try to avoid the sprays as well. A good old fly swatter is one way I deal with them.

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thanks, Jackie. I found another tip that works is to sprinkle ground cinnamon to discourage ants. Insects seem extra plentiful this year.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Good info, I will have to try it. Flies are really bad outside this year and I don't know why because I have no trash out there and I feed my cat in the house so her left overs don't bring them. I figure someone must have something to draw them but I sure wish They would stick near whatever it is.

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      We have them so called friendly flies here, too. The size alone is annoying as they are so loud when they buzz around your head. It is hard to tell them from a bee or something less friendly.

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      6 years ago from America

      Every fall we get these big giant flies everyone does. They drive us all crazy. We vacuum them up or swat them because I'm not spraying anything in the house. The word is "they" dropped these flies on us to get rid of tent worms that were killing the trees but I think it's more likely that the flies follow were ever the tent worm goes.

      Voted up on your hub.

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, Mom Kat. I think we expose ourselves enough to toxins without bringing them in our homes.

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      Mom Kat 

      6 years ago from USA

      Flies are terrible little pests! I'm chemically sensitive, so traditional death to the flies are a "no go" in my home. With all of my kids, pets, and the hubby... taking care of them naturally is difficult. I have to be "on duty" 24/7 just to keep it under control with food being left out, shedding hair everywhere, and people not rinsing their dishes properly... sigh.

      Great hub! Thanks for sharing it with us.

      I think it's important to be as chemical free as possible, otherwise those pesky things will just evolve to be immune to whatever it is we're trying to kill them with, kind of like germs :)


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