There are some very easy solutions to keeping flies away from the outdoor dining area, and you can do them all yourself. Read on for some helpful tips and hints! There is no one simple answer to controlling flies. They must be managed at all stages of their life cycle. |
Make a bug spray with natural oils and vinegar. This is a very basic recipe that you can expand and elaborate on. This recipe calls for eucalyptus oil, but feel free to use any combination of oils listed above for proven relief.
Into a spray bottle, mix together: 1/2 cup witch hazel 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 30-50 drops of essential oils. Choose any combination of citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, cajeput, eucalyptus, cedar, catnip, lavender, or mint. Shake ingredients together and spray over uncovered portions of your body. Avoid getting repellent in eyes or mouth. Make fly repellent from dried or fresh herbs. This recipe uses boiled herbs and witch hazel as a base. It is effective because insects, particularly flies, dislike the strong smell associated with the herbs.
Bring 1 cup of water to boil and add to it 3-4 tablespoons of any combination of dried peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, or cloves. Cover pot. After two minutes, remove pot from the element and, leaving the cover on, let rest until lukewarm. Strain water into 1/2 cup witch hazel (or rubbing alcohol) and store in a spray bottle in your refrigerator. Use on skin as needed ere 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 control-repelling hanging sachet.
Herbs seem to work best if they are moved around once in awhile. It brings the oils to the surface of the leaves and releases more of what it is that the pests don't like. Just brushing against a growing plant or stirring up the leaves of a dried one should do it.
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