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How to keep flies out of your home naturally
Although they’re incredibly harmless in the sense that they won’t bite us, flies are a nuisance and can of course cause hygiene issues in food preparation areas. If you’re not so keen to spray chemicals around your home, below are some great natural ways to keep flies away.
Herbs and plants
There are a number of herbs and plants that act as a fly repellant because they really don’t like the strong smell. The most common is basil which is good news because not only is it easy to get hold of, it also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which helps to create a healthy environment for your home.
Other plants that flies don’t tend to like include lavender, mint, bay leaf, tansy and wormwood. The best place to keep them is near open windows because this is the most likely point of entry for flies. You can find out more helpful information on ‘How Stuff Works’ – https://home.howstuffworks.com/green-living/herbs-deter-flies-naturally.htm
Flies really hate the smell of essential oils, particularly Eucalyptus and Lavender. Lavender oil has in fact been used for many centuries as an insect repellant and the great news is that it’s very easy to find in shops or even make your own.
If you fancy making your own lavender oil, simply add some fresh lavender to a carrier oil (also known as base oil or vegetable oil). Whichever oil you use, ensure it doesn’t have a strong smell because you don’t want it to overpower the lavender. Infuse for 48 hours in a warm place, remembering to shake periodically.
Strain the lavender from the oil and place in a container. You can keep it in a dish around the house or use it as a spray if you’re worried about pets or children knocking it over.
Protect your windows
Open windows are the easiest way for flies to enter a property. Rather than face the prospect of never being able to let in any fresh air, you can give your windows a bit more protection.
Window screens are designed to cover the opening of a window to prevent any bugs from entering. They’re usually a mesh made of plastic wire and although highly effective, can be rather unsightly. A great alternative are our window shutters which offer a range of benefits including:
- It’s much more difficult for flies to make their way into your home, especially if you adjust the slats
- You can have your windows open without worrying about the safety of pets or young children
- They look fantastic
- They can increase the value of your home
- They’re great for keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter
Plastic water bags
This isn’t the most attractive way to ward off flies but it is surprisingly effective. Flies have a remarkable amount of lenses in each eye which gives them the ability to detect light patterns and movement. Hanging a bag full of water outside windows and doors will therefore deter them because it reflects light all over the place which confuses them and causes them to stay away.
All you need to do is get a large, clear plastic bag (like a zip lock) and fill it three-quarters full with water. Tie a piece of string firmly around the top to make sure it won’t slip off and hang it wherever you think flies are most likely to come into your home.
You can also visit the Rentokil website for further great tips and advice – https://www.rentokil.co.uk/flies/how-to-get-rid-of-flies/