What to Put on the Yard to Keep Away the Flies

Flies can be both dangerous and annoying.
Flies can be both dangerous and annoying. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Flies in your yard can be more than just an annoyance. Some types of flies bite, and some carry bacteria and disease such as Staph and Strep. Controlling flies in your yard is important for the health, safety and enjoyment of the outdoors.

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Soda Bottle Flytrap

An empty 2-L soda bottle makes a good flytrap and serves as a simple way to reuse the soda bottle. Cut an empty 2-L soda bottle in half, and invert the top of the bottle into the bottom section. With a hole punch, make a hole on either side of the bottle, and run 24 inches of string through either end of the bottle. Securing the string with a knot will form a hanger. You can fill the bottom of the trap with a piece of fruit (old fruit is fine) or sugar water to attract the flies.


Citronella is an essential oil derived from various species of lemon grass. When used in the form of a Citronella candle, it repels not only flies but also mosquitoes. When keeping flies away in the evening, light several citronella candle torches in various places throughout the yard to repel flies while providing a relaxing ambiance for friends and family.

Herbs and Flowers

Various herbs repel flies. To keep flies away from your garden, plant herbs such as Lemon balm, Catnip and Marigolds. Crush any one of these herbs or flowers, place in small pots or bowls and set out on outdoor tables or planters to deter flies from your lawn or patio. Combine a few different flowers and herbs for a pleasant fragrance as well as to keep the flies at bay.


Flypaper is not always very attractive looks-wise; however it is highly effective in catching and controlling a fly problem. You can buy flypaper or fly strips at any chain hardware or home improvement store, or you can make flypaper yourself. To make your own, simply cut a few strips of fabric about 1 to 2 inches wide and about 12 inches long. Dip the fabric strips in honey, and secure them to a tree or porch post with a tack.


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