You've avoided attracting flies, but how can you deter them from entering your yard at all? There are a bunch of quick fixes you can do around your yard to keep flies from buzzing around. |
If you want to avoid attracting flies, start your spring cleaning in your yard. Scour your yard for pet and animal droppings and take them to the garbage. Also be on the lookout for dead animals like birds, rodents, and lizards, as flies will swarm around their carcasses.
Flies are attracted to odors, most of which are offensive to humans, so clearing your yard of these smells will help get rid of flies and create a more pleasant experience for your nose.
Two breeding grounds for flies that are found in most yards are garbage bins and composts. Keep them both as far away from your house as possible.
Make sure your garbage is sealed and that the bin stays clean. Flies love garbage, and if you let decaying spills build up in the bin, you'll find yourself with an infestation.
If you compost, odds are, you're going to get some flies. To keep them to a minimum, avoid putting meat or oil products in it. Don't let it get too moist and turn it often.
Flies don't like the wind, and while you can't attract wind in your yard, you can do things to make it more wind-friendly. Keep your grass short and your trees and bushes trimmed to allow more wind to circulate through your yard. Clear away any brush or leaves to eliminate flies' hiding places.
One thing flies do like is moisture. Get rid of standing water found in planters, artificial ponds, gutters, and bird baths. If you have any areas in your yard where water tends to pool after the rain, fill them with soil to soak up the moisture and avoid flies.
You can take advantage of certain plants' fly offensive properties. Bay leaf, lavender, basil, mint, and others have all been known to thwart flies.
And while you may not like the idea of it, keeping different types of spiders around will help with fly control. If you spot one outside, resist the urge to stomp on it and remind yourself that it will kill flies and save you the hassle.
By following these tricks, you will have a beautifully manicured lawn and keep the flies at bay. Now that you've cleaned up your yard, you can make it a more hostile environment for flies.
Sometimes, even if you follow all the tips and tricks in this article, you might find yourself with a fly problem. But before you go grabbing the nearest synthetic pesticide, consider some of your organic options.
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