17 Unfailing Home Remedies To Get Rid Of House Flies Efficiently And Fast


House flies are called house flies not because they belong in your house, but because they are almost always present in your house. Whether you are a cleanliness freak or you have people cleaning around the house all day, you will notice a house fly or two on a bad day. You can either ignore them and risk your family’s health and hygiene. Or, take some steps to get rid of flies quickly.

A typical house fly will breed around your house and can make you really sick as they have been known as vectors of various diseases like shigellosis (1). This is just one disease that they can carry; the list is very long. If you haven’t taken any action till now, it’s time you do something about the situation before you are already sick because of a little ignorance towards these nasty flying creatures.

You must be wondering what exactly is a house fly and how dangerous it can be for your health, right? Well, all we can say is that they can do enough damage to your health to make you apply for a sick leave from work for a couple of weeks. And nobody wants to call in sick at work and tell them that you’ve been bitten by a fly. That sounds ridiculous and may not even qualify for a real excuse, so read further to know more about the home remedies to get rid of house flies.

What Is A House Fly?

A housefly is a very unpleasant creature that is also known as Musca domestica according to the scientists, but we will stick to calling it a house fly. This species of flies have been known to disturb the humans and their daily life since the beginning of time, and are also very commonly found at the poultry farms, hog farms, horse stables, ranches, etc.

House flies are a bane to the human race and are also a carrier (vector) of various diseases as they can carry organisms, which can infect you with several illnesses. In the houses, they disrupt the activities of people and their daily life, and in farms, they disrupt farming activities; wherever they are, they are bound to cause nuisance and health issues in the people (2).

This disease-carrying fly was first seen in the steppes of Central Asia. It should’ve been controlled there so it couldn’t have spread all over the world. These flies can survive in all climates, temperatures, landforms, etc. You will find house flies in cities and in the country area, cold and hot areas, high and low areas, etc. The reason behind this is that house flies have mutated to survive on animal feces, accumulated water, and garbage, which can be found almost everywhere (3).

You can come across a house fly at any time of the day but not during the night, as house flies do not move in the night time. They set up resting camps on the ceilings, beams, wires in buildings, trees, outdoor wires, shrubs, grass, etc. They are around 6-7 mm long, and the male flies are comparatively smaller than the females. Apart from the size, you can differentiate between a male and a female by the gap between their eyes as females have a very wide gap as compared to males, and males have a black colored underside. The eyes of the house flies are always a little red in color with sponging mouth. The neck (thorax) of this fly has black stripes, and the abdomen is grayish or yellow in color with some poorly-defined markings on the sides (4).

How Harmful Can A House Fly Be?

As we have discussed, these flies can breed anywhere. When talking about poultry farms, they are usually found in the poultry manure below the cages where the hens are kept. We know that house flies do not bite, but there is risk in the nuisance they can cause by buzzing over waste products in large numbers, picking up pathogens like viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes, and carrying them towards human settlements (5).

They can land on your skin and transfer these pathogens using their mouthparts by the means of vomitus, feces, and other body parts, which came in contact with the plant and animal waste. They can even land on your food to transfer the pathogens on it. This food will be later consumed by you making you ill (6).

Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Escherichia, Enterococcus, and Chlamydia are some very common pathogens that are carried by house flies, which may cause you illnesses of various kinds, like diarrhea, shigellosis, food poisoning, typhoid fever, dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax, ophthalmia, and parasitic worms. This is a serious problem in the areas with poor sewerage and plumbing, areas near slaughterhouses, areas near open fish or other food markets, etc., and this calls for an effective control of house flies, especially in and around your house. A control means killing the flies, their larvae, and finishing their existence so that they do not return (7).

Causes Of House Fly Manifestation

House flies originated in Central Asia but as we have discussed above, they haven’t left any part of the world unexplored. The conditions required for flies to breed are very common and can be easily found in the habitats of humans and animals both. The 4 main breeding grounds of flies are mentioned and explained below:

1) Animal Waste

This is especially a problem in poultry farms and gardens/backyards where animal feces can accumulate to give the perfect food to house flies. These flies will start breeding very fast on the fresh animal feces as the moist environment is perfect for their larvae (maggots). These creatures have mutated to feed on waste products, which makes them dangerous as they can pick up disease-carrying pathogens from there and can transfer it into humans, rendering us vulnerable to diseases (8).

2) Garbage

Garbage is a concern whether an animal farm is concerned or household. Open garbage is an invitation to the house flies and other flying insects, who feed on the waste products, be it plant-based waste or animal-based waste. The flies will eat up the garbage the same way they eat up animal waste because all waste is equal to them. And the moist environment here is suitable for their eggs too. This is the reason why we are always advised to separate the organic waste from inorganic waste, and always keep all the waste covered (9).

3) Decaying Plant Matter

Plants die, and it can happen in your backyard garden. These decaying plants are perfect for the house flies as they resemble the organic waste and are moist places to lay eggs. Rainy seasons make the conditions worst because there is stagnant water everywhere, so the dead plants decay with the water, providing food and hospitable environment to the flies. You will always be advised to do gardening regularly and remove any dead plants or parts of the plants that may cause insects (10).

4) Moist Environment

All the breeding conditions we discussed above contain a moist environment, but even if there is just stagnant water in the pools or a secluded puddle, there are very high chances that the house flies will breed there to multiply and cause nuisance in and around your house. House flies need moist places or water to deposit the eggs, to convert them into larvae and, finally, into more house flies, who will breed and give birth to more flies. This chain will produce hundreds and thousands of house flies enough to irritate you and maybe render you ill (11).

How To Get Rid Of Flies/ House Flies Naturally

home remedies to get rid of house flies

House flies and other types of flies need a similar treatment. You will always be advised to call your local health department if the problem has gotten out of control, but if that is not the case and you have only some flies around your house, you can use these home remedies to get rid of flies naturally:

1) Ginger Spray

Ginger has a strong odor that is irritating to the flies. A spray made with ginger and water was tested to repel flies, and it came out on top of all the other strong-smelling spices that were tested.

When flies come in contact with the ginger spray, or when they hover near the places where it has been sprayed, they tend to get irritated and look for another reprieve, which has a pleasant environment for their breeding. This was originally tested on bovine animals in the farms because it is the most difficult place to get rid of. If it works on animals on a farm, it will work anywhere (12).

How to Make it?

To prepare this spray, you will need dried ginger powder and 3-4 cups of water. In a spray bottle, tip in both the ingredients and shake well to mix them. Use this spray around the house, ceiling, wires, garbage cans, etc. You can also use this spray on the plants to get rid of flies outdoors.

2) Basil

Basil is a very important culinary herb, and you must have used basil leaves while cooking Italian food. Its flavor is very strong as it is a very aromatic herb. We, humans, find the smell of basil very delightful, but it’s totally the opposite with flies. Fruit flies and house flies are especially repelled by the smell of basil as they find it difficult to breathe in an environment with basil (13).

You can either brew a decoction of basil leaves to use as a spray, or you can also grow a basil plant in your backyard garden to keep the flies away from your garden and your house.

How to Make Basil Spray for Flies?

To prepare the spray, you will need a handful of fresh basil or half the quantity if you are using dried basil. Make a strong tea using these leaves and water by steeping the leaves in the water for at least 20-30 minutes. Cool this decoction and use it with the help of a spray bottle in the suspected areas.

3) Hot Pepper

Just like ginger, hot pepper or capsicum annum is another hot spice with a strong, stinging smell that keeps the flies away. When flies come near an area treated with hot pepper or a place where hot pepper is growing, they will feel uncomfortable and will face difficulty in breathing because of the strong aroma diffused by hot pepper. This spray can be used in the garden and inside the house, but it is suggested to grow a hot pepper plant in the garden and forget about the problem of house flies once and for all. Treat your ceiling, wires, damp corners, garbage and waste cans, etc. with this spray regularly till you see flies have completely left your premises (14).

Just capsicum annum plant in your garden might not be the best idea, but you can accompany this plant with other plants that will help you keep insects at bay, like catnip, ginger, basil, etc.

How to Make Hot Pepper Spray?

If you want to make a hot pepper spray, you will need about 3-4 fully grown peppers and water. In a blender, make a pepper paste and add about 3-4 cups of water. Remove this mixture into a mason jar with an airtight cap, and keep it under the sun for a week. Strain this mixture into a spray bottle and use it as other sprays mentioned above. You will see a decrease in the number of flies after a week. Do not stop using this spray if you don’t want them to return.

4) Essential Oil Spray

There are various essential oils that can be used to get rid of flies outdoors and indoors. The concept behind all the essential oils is same; if the plant repels flies, its essential oil will also have the same properties. These essential oils will disperse the same aroma as their respective plants to keep away the flies. The mixture in this spray has been specifically designed to keep the flies out of your house and your yard, and it is 100% organic and natural (15).

How to Make it?

To prepare this magical spray, you will need 10 drops each of clove oil, thyme oil, cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, and peppermint oil, with 2 cups of non-flavored vodka, and 2 cups of water. Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix them all. Spray this mixture anywhere you think flies and other insects can breed because of a favorable environment, like moist places, garbage, waste disposal areas, etc. You can also skip out on any of these oils if you are unable to find them as all these essential oils have similar properties and the effectiveness of the spray may not decrease if 1 or 2 of them are omitted from the spray recipe.

5) Fans

Fans are a simple and a very effective home remedy to temporarily shoo away the flies and other flying insects from a particular area. The wind that blows will disturb the flies and will interrupt their flying pattern, making them leave to look for a less windy place. The flies will move out and go to an area where they can easily fly without any hindrance.

First of all, you have to turn on the overhead fan at full speed in the area where you have found the flies buzzing. The next thing you have to do is place a fan right in front of the area where you notice the flies; this will make them uncomfortable as the wind will make it difficult for them to fly or rest at a place. To experience the best results, leave both the fans turned at full speed for the whole day, and do this for some more days till the flies have vacated the area.

6) Apple Cider Vinegar Trap

Apple cider vinegar is nothing but an attractant for the flying insects like flies and mosquitoes. This trap will help you to kill the flies in your house, your yard, garden, balcony, terrace, everywhere. It is a very efficient trap and can be made simply with apple cider vinegar and some soap solution. The vinegar will act as an attractant to bait the flies into something sweet, but when they land on the solution with soapy water, they will drown and die. Its simple working makes it a very effective trap and will help you to catch a lot of organisms that fly and are attracted to sweet food items (16).

How to Make this Trap?

To prepare this trap, you will need a medium-sized jar, apple cider vinegar, and soap-water solution. You will need to attach a string to the jar to suspend it at the height of about 4-6 feet from the ground because it is the ideal flying height for the flies. Put about 2 parts apple cider vinegar and 1 part soap solution in the jar and mix the liquids nicely. Hang this jar in your house, near the areas where flies have been seen. Wait for the jar trap to do its job overnight and see the number of flies trapped in the jar. It is advised to leave the light turned on in the area where the jar trap is installed because flies are attracted to light as well. This will make your trap even more effective.

7) UV Traps

House flies are attracted to a very short wavelength light, and that’s how this UV trap is going to bait them. A soap solution will help us drown and kill the flies that are stuck in this trap. A low-voltage electric grid can also be used in place of the glue board, but we will stick to a less complicated method. These traps should also be installed at the height of about 4-6 feet above the ground because of the usual flying height of the house flies. The height of the trap should be 4-6 six feet, but there should not be any window nearby, because if the light is visible from the outside, the flies that are not yet inside the house will also be attracted to it and will enter the house only to be trapped and eventually killed (17).

How to Make the Trap?

To make this trap, you will need a strong string to suspend the trap from the ceiling, a UV light bulb, glue board, a plastic soda bottle, and soap solution. You have to cut the soda bottle along the circumference where the slant ends. One piece should look like a tumbler, and another should look like an inverted funnel. Fill the former with a half cup of soap solution and place the latter piece on it, inverted, so that it looks like a funnel kept in a tumbler. Tape the two pieces together.

Hang the trap at 4-6 feet above the ground with a UV bulb right above the funnel. The light will attract the flies, but as soon as they touch the soap water solution, they will be drowned in it as the space to leave the trap will be very less. Drowned and suffocated, they will die in the soap solution eventually. You must change the soap water solution every couple days as soon as it fills with a lot of flies. Change the UV bulbs once a year as their light gets weaker every year.

8) Eucalyptus

You must’ve heard of how much eucalyptus mint is used in the production of chewing gums, but have you ever heard about its insecticidal properties? Probably not, because most people just go to the store and buy the bug bomb spray to do away with the insects in their houses. Some of them are aware of the health risks of these bug sprays, and others are not, but they all still use it because it acts fast, avoiding the fact that it is poison. They don’t realize that the same poison can even harm them in different ways. It is always preferred to use natural ingredients in a house with kids and pets where you can hardly control where they will go.

Insecticidal properties of the eucalyptus oil were found in a study conducted by scientists where they tested the 3 most common varieties of eucalyptus against deadly flies like blood-sucking sandfly, among others. It was found out that it is the most effective, out of all the natural fly killers that are used by people (18).

How to Use it?

You can grow a eucalyptus plant in your yard with other plants to help keep the flies away; or, you can make a simple eucalyptus spray to get rid of flies in the house. To make this spray, you will need a spirit like unflavored vodka, and eucalyptus oil. Mix 1 cup vodka, 2 cups water, and 25 drops of eucalyptus oil. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and use this spray in the suspected and affected areas. Just make sure you shake the spray bottle before using. You can also add eucalyptus oil to your diffuser with other oils to experience similar results.

9) Geranium

Geranium is another great wonder in the field of insect repellents. It is a perennial plant that is also known as cranesbills. Geranium is usually available throughout the world. But it is grown in all the temperate regions of the world; and the mountains of the tropics, mainly in the Mediterranean region. The leaves of this plant are in the shape of a long circle, more like an oval. And, the flowers have a very beautiful appearance. There is one very important quality of geranium that it can grow in any type of soil. No matter how porous or clay-like the soil is; the only condition is that it should not be waterlogged.

A test was conducted to find out the efficacy of different essential oils against flies and geranium was one out of the top-three oils, which repelled the flies for the longest time (19, 20).

How to Use it?

You can plant the geranium in your garden if you live in the favorable weather conditions mentioned above. Or, you can buy geranium oil, which is the essential oil of this herb. You can easily prepare a spray based on geranium for getting rid of flies. Just add 20-25 drops of geranium oil to 2 cups of water; pour this mixture into a spray bottle, and spray away.

10) Lavender

Lavender is a beautiful plant to look at. It even has a really mesmerizing fragrance, but it also has some really effective therapeutic and insect-repelling effects. You must have bought potpourri with lavender petals, but you may not have noticed that flies never wander around that potpourri, right? Well, lavender can be used as a healing agent for insect bites, as well as a really powerful insect repellent.

The leaves of this flower are distilled to produce the aromatic essential oil that can be used on wounds, burns, insect bites, for inducing sleep, etc. (21). In a controlled study, lavender oil repelled more than 75% of flies for 6-8 hours, which is better than any other essential oil (22).

How to Use it?

There are several ways you can use lavender to your advantage when flies have caused a menace in your house. –

  • Growing lavender in your garden is one option, but only if you can take care of it and save it from other deterrents. This will help you make your garden free of flies and other small flying insects.
  • Another method you can use lavender oil is by mixing it with a carrier oil, like safflower oil. Apply it to your skin when you are out camping. This will help you to keep flies away from your skin.
  • One more method suggests preparing a spray with lavender essential oil. You can either use only lavender, or you can use other essentials mentioned above with it to make it more effective. Just add 20 drops of each oil, 2 cups of water, and 1 cup of unflavored vodka in a spray bottle. Shake well before you spray it around your house. This will help you get rid of house flies, and your house will smell fresh like a garden.

11) Lemon Grass

Lemongrass is known to scientists by the name of Cymbopogon. It is a tropical island plant native to Asia, Africa, and Australia, and it comes under the grass family. Lemongrass is also used in cooking to provide a lemony flavor to the food items without the acidity, which comes when you use actual lemon juice. There various names of lemongrass around the world; some of these names are lemongrass, barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, cha de Dartigalongue, fever grass, tangland, hierba Luisa, gavati chahapati, etc.

A study conducted to find out its effect on fireflies was carried out where pads were treated with infected blood. One of the pads was also treated with lemongrass oil. And, it was seen that this pad didn’t have any flies feeding on it as compared to the untreated pad. This study suggested the use of lemongrass and its essential oil is one of the best ways to get rid of flies (23).

How to Use it?

Lemongrass is like any other grass as it doesn’t require much care in the garden once it has started to grow. It will keep away flies, and you can also pluck some to use in your kitchen. Another way you can use it is by purchasing the lemongrass essential oil. Rub it on your skin when you are outdoors in an area with a lot of greenery. For use in your house, you can always make an essential oil spray, by mixing 20-25 drops of lemongrass oil, water, and unflavored vodka. This spray will work wonders to drive away all the big and small flies in your house.

12) Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree is not anywhere related to the tea you have early in the morning. This is another tree known as tea tree because of its narrow leaves. Its scientific name is melaleuca alternifolia, but all around the world it is either known as tea tree, narrow-leaved paperbark, narrow-leaved ti-tree, or snow in summer. It is a tall shrub type of tree from the myrtle family, which is native to Australia. It is usually found in Queensland, New South Wales, and around other streams and swampy flats. The leaves are distilled to produce the highly-used tea tree oil. But you don’t need to go to Australia because globalization has worked in your favor by bringing you essential items from across the world. Purchasing it is not a difficult feat as it is available in the departmental stores, online, as well as offline.

Studies have been conducted to find out the effect of tea tree oil on various species of flies. It was found that this oil was potent even after 24 hours of application. This suggests better efficacy than numerous commercial fly repellent products (24).

You can use tea tree oil on the skin to repel flies. But, make sure you add a carrier oil to it, like safflower oil, because this oil alone can dry out your skin. The second method to use this aromatic oil is by adding it to your diffuser. This will be really helpful indoors. You can also make a spray with tea tree oil, water, and vodka to spray around the house in the damp corners and garbage disposal areas.

13) Andiroba

You must’ve heard of the mahogany family of plants. One of the most useful plants from this family is andiroba because of its insecticidal properties. This tree can grow to be up to 30 meters in height. It is grown in tropical areas of South America, Central America, and Africa. It is also known as carapa and crabwood.

Andiroba oil is very useful when it comes to repelling and killing flies in the house.

A scientific study used 5% solution of andiroba oil on animals on a farm; it was found out that flies stayed away from the livestock for more than 24 hours at about 60% efficiency. The efficiency was 100% for the first 6-8 hours, but it started decreasing with the time as the effects started to wear off. Many commercial products don’t last this long (25).

Where Can You Get it?

You can buy the oil produced from the seeds of andiroba and use it on your skin by making a tonic to repel mosquitoes and flies in and outside the house. Just add 15 drops of essential oil in a small bottle and fill it with 60-70ml of rubbing alcohol. Your fly repellent is ready.

Apart from this, you can make a spray with more oil and more alcohol and some water. In a big 600ml spray bottle, add 40-50 drops of andiroba oil, 1 cup of unflavored vodka, and 2 cups water. Shake the bottle nicely. Now, spray it on the damp and dirty corners, garbage accumulation areas, or any other areas you can think of.

14) Jug Fly Trap

You can use a gallon plastic milk jug to kill the flies wandering around in your house just by tweaking it a little and converting it into a fly trap. You have to understand the basic principle, on which this trap works. The flies will enter the jug because of the bait that we will put inside it. And, they won’t be able to leave because of the sticky surface of the jug.

The location and replenishing of the bait is a very important task that needs to be taken care of for proper functioning of this trap; to maintain its efficacy for long. This trap should be hung about 3 feet above the floor in a corner with light, but minimum human traffic to lure the flies. The bait should be replaced every week to ensure the trap keeps working at its best for a long time. If you see more than 250 flies trapped in one week, you should call your local health department and inform them because this could be a serious manifestation (26).

How to Make the Fly Trap

To make this trap, you will need a gallon plastic milk jug, commercial fly bait or rotten apples, strings strong enough to suspend the trap in the air, nails to attach the strings to the ceiling, and honey. First of all, pour honey into the jar and swirl the jar. This will cover the inside surface completely with the honey. Drain out the extra honey and make 3 holes in the neck of the jug to add suspension strings. If the opening is too big; cover some of it with paper to leave a hole of about 3cms in diameter. With the help of the strings, suspend this jar in the air at about 3 feet in a place with light, but with fewer humans around (27).

You will notice flies will be caught inside the bottle and will die. Just wash the inside of the jar and treat it with honey and rotten apple like before. Now, hang it again after a week. The good in this is that this trap will help you get rid of tiny flies and black garbage flies too (28).

15) Sticky Ribbons

This is yet another fly trap that can only be used once. Though, sticky ribbons fly trap is available in the market, but here is how to make this trap at home.

The basic principle behind this trap is the sticky surface of the ribbons on which the flies get stuck. Because these sticky ribbons will be in their path, and you must have seen that flies can’t fly straight.

All the people who know how to kill flies swear by this method. And, it will work to your advantage if you hang a couple of these ribbons in the suspected areas where flies usually breed. The height at which you have to suspend this trap will remain same as the previous traps that we have discussed, at 3 feet above the ground (29).

There are some demerits of these ribbons; the biggest is that you have to replace them once they are filled with flies. They will catch lesser flies as compared to the jar trap. They can get a little messy, and you have to keep them away from exhaust fans and other fans. There are some advantages too, as this one is cheaper and easier to prepare, it takes less time to prepare, and it is completely non-toxic (30).

How to Make it

The preparation of this trap is very simple; you will need:

  • Sheets of brown paper or thin cards
  • Corn Syrup
  • Thread
  • A large-sized spoon for stirring
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Heating Pan

Preparation is simple; first of all you will need to make ribbons out of the sheets of brown paper/cardboard. The length should be somewhere around 8 inches and width should be 2 inches. In a pan, add an equal amount of corn syrup and water. Now, heat this till the solution starts to boil. Do not forget to stir the mixture at all times.

Remove it from the flame and soak the paper strips in this mixture for 4 hours so that you get the sticky surface, which the flies can’t leave once they touch it. Remove the ribbons from the pan and hang them in a room with the fan turned on. This will dry the strips making them ready to trap the flies.

Hang the dried fly-trapping ribbons in the infested and suspected areas, and leave them. Just make sure there is a minimum flow of air and human traffic in that area so that flies can be attracted towards the trap. Replace with fresh strips as soon as it is full of flies.

16) Vacuum Them

This method of eradicating flies is as simple as it gets. No fancy baits or hanging fly traps, but just your plain old vacuum cleaner and your talent. If you use a vacuum cleaner on a daily basis, the experience will come in handy when using it to trap flies. Any hand-held vacuum cleaner will work just fine. But, it is suggested that you use the one with batteries or a long wire for free movement.

All you have to do is turn the vacuum cleaner on and point it in the direction where you see the flies buzzing. This will probably be in the corners and places with favorable breeding conditions. A battery-operated vacuum cleaner will be really helpful if you are planning to kill flies in the yard, garden, or anywhere outdoor (31).

This is not a permanent solution to finish the manifestation of flies. However, it will help you for the time being. And, it will also help you determine the seriousness of the manifestation.

You can use this method for any other insects, flying or not, and you will not be left disappointed. If you are serious about this idea, we suggest you buy a bug vacuum, which has a trap door near the nozzle. It will prevent the insects from flying back out through the nozzle. Once you have sucked up all the flies you could see, it is time you count how many flies you caught. If the number is more than 100 in 2-3 days, you should inform your local health department about a possible manifestation.

17) Catnip

Catnip is a very important plant for your garden. It has been known to control various types of insects including the house flies. For indoors, catnip oil can be used to repel house flies fast and in a safe and effective way. Catnip is a species of the genus Nepeta from the family Lamiaceae. It is also known as Nepta cataria, catswort, and catmint around the world. This plant is native to Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, and also in China. Most of its names include the word cat because this plant oddly attracts cats. It is the smell of this plant, which attracts the cats towards it.

A research was conducted to study the working of catnip oil against flies. This study treated an area with catnip oil and recorded the number of flies in the area before treatment and after treatment several times. It was found out that the number of flies on the treated area decreased drastically and the flies tried to run away from the area treated with catnip essential oil (32).

The use of catnip to repel flies can be varied as the plant and the oil; both can do a wonderful job in keeping away the flies. Plant catnip in your garden and you will see that the number of flies in and around your garden has decreased.

If you want to use it inside the house, you can make a spray with 30 drops of catnip essential oil, 1 cup of unflavored vodka, and 2 cups of water. Put all this in a spray bottle. Shake well before you spray the corners, areas where garbage is collected, and other breeding areas.

Catnip oil can also be used on the skin if you want to keep flies and other 12 families of insects that it can efficiently repel (33). You can make a catnip repelling lotion for skin if you want to keep insects from biting you out in the wood while camping. For this, you can mix catnip oil and some carrier oil, like safflower oil, and apply it on your skin. The ratio should be 1 part catnip oil and 20 parts carrier oil. Carrier oil can be replaced with aloe vera gel if you don’t want your skin to feel oily and sticky.

Do’s And Dont’s (34)

  • Clean up any spilled juice or any other opened food item from the kitchen. Do not leave any food item uncovered in the kitchen as it will immediately attract flies and other insects.
  • Keep the sinks and other areas with drains clean as these usually become the breeding points for flies. Some of these areas are bathtubs, wash basins, etc.
  • Always use garbage bags because the wet garbage can accumulate in the garbage cans and provide the perfect breeding condition to the flies. If any garbage or liquid leaks out of the trash bags into the cans; clean the cans with a strong soap to remove any residue.
  • If you use mops on a regular basis and leave them wet in the bucket, flies can also accumulate there and breed. This will give the flies a breeding ground right inside your bathroom.
  • Tables and other furniture with small legs and low ground clearance might have some spilled milk or juice. This may cause the manifestation of flies in your house. Cleans such areas regularly to avoid any such health risks.
  • The condensate trays of refrigerators and other freezing machines may also be a breeding place for flies. Clean these trays regularly to avoid flies buzzing around your house.
  • Cracks in bathroom tiles or any other place with tiles can accumulate bacterial film, which will give rise to house flies and other pests, such as roaches. Check for such cracks, clean them, and get them repaired.
  • Look for any dead animals like a rodent or any big insect, which may have attracted the flies. Clean up any such dead rodents and the area surrounding it with a strong cleaning soap.
  • If your windows don’t already have a net or a mesh, install it on all the windows. The less entry space for flies, the less your house is likely to get manifested with flies and other flying insects, such as June bugs.
  • Don’t let garbage accumulate anywhere in and around your house, not even in other areas near your house. Because this may help the flies to breed and multiply in numbers. Flies are always on the lookout for another place with food and that’s when they enter your house.
  • In your house, apart from garbage, you have to make sure that food items are covered at all times. Use an airtight lid or a mesh so fine that no flies, big or small, can penetrate through.


House flies are a nuisance and the need to do away with them should be one of your top priorities if you want to protect yourself and your family from the diseases they bring in. The home remedies in this article have been collected from multiple researches. They are tested to work and kill/repel house flies effectively. The best way is to use some of the methods together to get the best results; as some of these will work better for one species and some of them for another. Apart from this, the only thing you should do, to keep your house free of pests like house flies and mosquitoes, is keep your surroundings clean and hygienic.

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  1. The outside party was flyless! I don’t know which one worked but something did. I’ve tried fly zappers, fly traps, and insecticide. I think the first 2 actually attracts more flies to the area than what would have been in the first place. One day before our party we made a test run and ate outside. Within seconds we had 4 pesky flies that were determined to cause havoc. Party day we: sprayed ginger spray under the tables and misted the tables and chairs. We put lemon halves with whole cloves on all the tables. Hung ziploc bags of water and 4 pennies on the perimeter. Made essential oil combination of water, vodka, clove, ginger, lemon grass, and lavender and put that elixir in open clear glass jars on the tables and even added a few pennies. NO FLIES and the smell was wonderful.

  2. Indeed, this is one of the very rare, really good, articles, much appreciated Varun! Quality checked and pinned by mygsd.org. Takeaway: Remember this handful of great fly repellents and you’ll be fine: Ginger, Basil, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lavender. Whichever you can get your hands on.
    The small spray bottles you can get at any china shop for under a dollar for a few.
    I eat ginger with every dinner anyway (together with garlic and onion) while on my ueber successful anti-candidiasis diet. So I will squeeze or mortar a good slice of ginger until I (hopefully) extract a bit of juices – imagining fresh ginger is more powerful than dried powder – and mix that with water in a small china plastic spray bottle. 🙂
    I can also report here: Normally when I cook for the dog and myself in our solar cooker grill oven combination, the flies zoom around its lid, and even sit down on the meat thermometer sticking out through a tiny hole, and they POOP on the thermometer (photo-documented).
    But now since I always cook with a good amount of ginger, the flies may be anywhere in the tiny house on wheels (yep!) but NOT near the cooker anymore! 🙂
    And of course: ginger-spiced food is DELICIOUS, plus super HEALTHY too 😉


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