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Repel Flies Naturally

Repel Flies Naturally

Flies are such a nuisance! If you’re tired of having the pesky little critters buzzing around your house–but you don’t want to resort to using harmful chemicals–check out these easy, great ideas. They use kitchen cupboard ingredients and they really work!

Find out how to get rid of flies safely and naturally.

Here are a few hands-on methods:

Keeping flies away is often a matter of cleanliness. Remove compost to the compost pile, and don’t leave food uncovered.

Invest in window screens and screen doors and encourage your children to close screen doors quickly when they enter or leave the house.

Use flyswatters. Children enjoy this. Make it a contest to see who can swat the most.

Encourage the spiders in your house: they eat flies.

Hang pomanders on doors: citrus peel is a great repellent.

Dust the bottoms of your trash cans with borax.

Place potted basil plants in infested areas.

Homemade Fly Paper


1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar

1. Cut 4 or 5 long strips about 2 inches wide from brown paper bags. Mix the ingredients in a bowl and spread it on the strips with a knife. Hang the strips over a bowl to catch drips.

Hanging Herbal Repellents

Hang a pine bough in the kitchen: flies dislike pine oil.

Whole or ground cloves in a small muslin teabag make a good fly-repelling hanging sachet.

Read more: Pets, Pests

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:58AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

thank you for the information

5:27PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

thank you for this article and suggestions! today was evidently "all flies welcome" day!

10:48AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013


2:59AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Hygene is the key

1:04AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Very interesting. Thanks for the post.

8:43AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thank you

10:48AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Encourage the spiders??!!! I'd rather have the flies!

7:07PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012


1:28AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Good ideas.

1:07AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012


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