Hello Summer! The season for warm weather, cool breeze, barbecues, fun times....and flies. Yes...FLIES! These pesky flies can make you uncomfortable in your beautiful home. According to the World Health Organization ("WHO"), flies are carriers of diarrhoeal diseases, skin and eye infections so taking the necessary precautions can keep your family safe and healthy, and your restaurant, the place to eat. Below is a chart that will help you to identify and get rid of common invaders:
After identifying the pest and its corresponding breeding sources, you should continuously do the following:
- Properly clean and dry your surroundings
- Maintain a clean pool; remove all scum and junk from your pool
- Carefully discard all decomposing or rotten fruits, vegetables, and animal by-products
- Properly bury all pets. Shallow graves attract flies and maggots. You can call a professional to help you
- Put away all half-eaten fruits in the fridge, but remember to rub lime or lemon on the exposed fruit before placing it in the fridge
- Carefully dispose of pet feces. Do not leave it uncovered
- Discard garbage frequently. Do not wait until you have a "mountain" of trash or putrid gases emanating from the garbage
In addition to the tips above, you can use these 4 natural solutions to get rid of the remaining flies. These solutions are not only inexpensive but effective:
- Using Lemongrass Oil as a Natural Fly Repellent. Lemongrass has a refreshing aroma, which is pleasant to us, but too intense for flies. Spray this along the doorways, windows, and any other fly infested areas.
- Instructions: Mix 20 to 25 drops of lemongrass essential oil and 1/2 cup of hot water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Using Clove and Lemons as a Deterrent. Cloves are aromatic to us but flies (specifically, houseflies) cannot stand the scent of cloves. Pair with lemon halves to chase the pesky flies away.
- Instructions: Take a lemon and cut it into two halves. After this, poke 6-12 cloves into each half of the lemon.
Using Apple Cider Vinegar and Liquid Detergent solution as a Fly Repellent. Flies are attracted to apple cider vinegar as it mimics the odor of rotten or fermenting fruit. However, the acidity of this mixture will kill all the surrounding flies.
- Instructions: Mix 1/2 cup hot apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of liquid detergent, and pour mixture into a bowl and leave it in the fly-infested area
- Using Camphor as a Fly Repellent. Camphor is a dry, waxy, white substance that is derived from the wood of the laurel tree. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Its strong scent repels house flies and other insects. Please avoid using camphor while pregnant as it may cause side effects.
- Instructions: Place 2 camphor balls or tablets on a hot plate. Then move the plate to the fly-infested area. The heat will quicken the diffusion of the camphor gas.
Disclaimer: Keep fly repellants away from or out of children's and pet's reach.
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World Health Organization. Chapter 6 Houseflies. www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/resources/vector302to323.pdf.
“35+ Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Flies (That Actually Work).” Flies Only, 25 Mar. 2018, www.fliesonly.com/how-to-get-rid-of-flies/.
“16 Home Remedies to Get Rid of House Flies (And Keep Them Away).” Home Remedies For Life, 3 July 2018, homeremediesforlife.com/houseflies/.