Natural Ways to Rid Your Home of Flies


Flies commonly congregate around trashcans and kitchen areas, but can quickly spread to other areas of your home, such as around drains, windows and screens. While chemically-based fly sprays can kill these insects, they can also leave behind hazardous residues. Rid your home of flies with natural methods to keep your home safe and fly-free.

Mint Leaves

  • Mint can be used a few different ways. Boil mint leaves in water, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray areas where flies are present. This will dissuade and kill flies, but also leaves a pleasant aroma afterward. Another way is to wrap mint leaves in cloth, then leave the baggies where flies are common, such as garbage bins or around sinks and drains. Bay leaves also work for this method.

Natural Fly Strips

  • Homemade fly strips will help catch existing flies in the area with the added benefit of being relatively cheap and easy to make on your own. Mix 2 tbsp. of pure maple syrup or raw honey with 1 tbsp. each of white and brown sugar. Submerge cotton strips or strips of newspaper in the solution, then spray them with a mixture of eucalyptus oil and water. Let the strips harden for six hours, then hang the strips in fly-infested areas.

White Vinegar

  • White vinegar kills and prevents the return of flies when used as a cleaning agent. Concentrate on areas where flies feed, like trashcans, pantries and refrigerators. Wipe down these areas with warm water followed by distilled white vinegar. The vinegar will clean and disinfect, removing grime and dirt that attracts flies, with the added benefit of killing eggs or larvae that may be present. Repeat weekly to prevent fly infestations. Pour 2 cups of white vinegar down drains and let some steep in the sink for half an hour.

Eucalyptus Oil

  • Eucalyptus oil is another effective fly-fighter. Try diluting some of the oil in water and using it as a spray, or place bowls of oil and water out in areas that flies frequent. Soak long pieces of breathable fabric in oil and hang them in windowsills or areas where you want to dissuade flies. You can also pair eucalyptus oil with mint or bay leaves by adding a few drops to the small cloth bags you set out.

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