Find out how to get rid of flies naturally and effectively. If those pesky pests are ruining your time outdoors, use these tips and tricks to get rid of them naturally. It’s time to learn how to keep those flies at bay!
Tried And Tested Ways On How To Get Rid of Flies
Flies are pesky little creatures–living on a farm only makes it worse. Since we have a lot of farm animals, and I’m sure you can guess what they produce (HINT: manure!), it only makes matters worse. I’m sure you’ve all had that experience where there’s an annoying fly that just keeps on coming back, and it gets in the way of you finishing your tasks. With that said, I never let those cringy critters get the better of me, and you shouldn’t either. Here are some ways to keep those flies away both indoors and outdoors. From homemade fly traps to fly repellent, take your pick on how to get rid of flies easily and naturally.
Homemade Fly Traps
1. DIY Mango Wine Bottle Fly Trap
Amazingly, even flies cannot resist the intoxicating power of wine–they’ll be drawn to the aroma of the fruit inside the bottle. The idea is to trap the fly inside the bottle and into their doom by adding a few strips of mango or other fruits as bait.
2. Compost Bowl Fly Trap
Flies are attracted to rotten things and making a DIY trap with compost as bait will be very effective. You can even use this method for your large scale compost which I am pretty sure is also a concern in your homestead.
3. Easy Homemade Fruit Fly Trap
You’ll be amazed at this quick and easy method to get rid of fruit flies and wonder why you haven’t thought of this before. It’s super simple, you only need a jar, fruit slices, and a piece of paper.
4. Homemade Fly Paper
Flypapers are convenient but as a true blue homesteader, I opt to make my own, naturally and chemical-free. Best of all, is I get to use homegrown honey instead of the icky stuff in the commercial flypapers that sometimes sticks to my hands.
Remember y’all, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
(I may not have come up with this saying first, but I sure do say it a lot!)
5. Tried And True Fly Trap Recipe
For some reason, flies are attracted to this mixture. See how you can make it here.
6. DIY Organic Fly Trap
Want a little upcycling project to keep the flies away? Here’s something you can make with a two-liter soda bottle. You can also get the instructions and full details for a DIY fly trap here.
7. The King Of DIY Fly Traps
Have you ever had a day where flies seem to be in an invasion or are you even in one now? You will need this heavy-duty fly catch which you can build on your own. I’m sure you’ll cringe over the hundreds of flies you’ll catch.
Homemade Fly Repellent Recipes
8. Homemade Fly Spray Recipe
This is why we always keep a herb garden in our homestead. It’s a good thing that the herbs we love so much are hated by the very critters we also hate!
9. Dish Soap, Vinegar, And Water Fly Spray
Who knew a mix of dish soap, vinegar, and water could keep the flies at bay? Spray it all over, and it’s an instant fly repellent. You can also make your own homemade vinegar from this guide here.
Grow A Fly Repellent Garden
Grow a garden and yard that spells, ‘flies are not welcome here’! Besides keeping your garden clean, the following tips or methods will also help you get rid of flies naturally.
10. Plant Fly-Repellent Herbs
It’s no secret that herbs are like the wonder plants in your garden. Other than working magic in your dishes, they also act as your garden’s best friend by being such useful companion plants to your vegetables. More than their health-boosting properties, they’ve got pest-repelling benefits too. Mask the foul odor from your farm animals by spreading dried herbs over barns or chicken coop.
— Homesteading (@HomesteadingUSA) April 22, 2015
11. Clove Fly Repellent
- Having a picnic outdoors but got flies swarming all over? If you have clove in your pantry then you have the perfect solution. Stick them all over your fruits and you will notice that flies won’t come to your table.
12. Care For Fly-Trapping Plants
Have you ever heard about these plants that are the stuff of sci-fi and horror movies? Don’t worry about these plants, like the Venus fly trap, devouring you. They won’t grow to be that big, but they can and they will devour flies and insects unlucky enough to venture near it. They might not get rid of all the flies in your yard, but they are an interesting and useful plant to have in your collection.
Check out this video and find out how to catch hundreds of flies with a homemade trap:
Do these tips and tricks give you an idea of how to get rid of flies? Let me know which method you plan to try and how it went in the comments below.
Pestered by mosquitoes as well? Check out these natural mosquito repellent plants that you must plant in your garden.
This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.