Pest ControlKeep Away Flies with HUGE LIST of Repellents - The Homestead Survival

Keep Away Flies with HUGE LIST of Repellents – The Homestead Survival

Keep Away Flies with HUGE LIST of Repellents is a mix of the nautral way that mother nature helps and man-made tools that are tools to repel those pesky small flying creatures from humans and animals alike. House flies, fruit flies, biting black flies, horse flies, and whiteflies are the most common fly pests.

Keep Away Flies with HUGE LIST of Repellents - The Homestead Survival

Plant these in your garden to repel flies:

1. Sweet Basil

2. Bay Laurel

3. Lavender

4. Tansy

5. Rosemary

6. Mint

7. Eucalyptus

8. Wormwood

9. Lemongrass

10. Cucumbers

11. Elder

12. Onions

13. Rue


Best Essential Oils to Repel Flies:

Clove, Thyme, Geranium, Basil, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Neem, Citronella, Lime, Orange, Lemon

Treat Door Entrances and Around Windows with a Pyrethrin based Organic Gardening Spray.  Pyrethrin is a natural insecticide made from chrysanthemum flowers.

Boil 1 cup of Malt Vinegar in a saucepan on the stovetop or in a crockpot on high. Flies can not stand the smell and leave the area.

Cut Lemon or Limes in half and stick cloves into the pulp of the fruit. Flies hate the smell.

Use an Electronic Fly Swatter 

Bug-a-Salt Water Fly Indoor Shooter 

Old Fashioned Fly Swatter

Use Citrus Peel or Citrus Essential Oils  Flies hate citrus oils.

Spray flies with Windex or Hairspray

Use Diatomaceous Earth.    A fine dust of the diatomaceous earth is all it takes to kill flies and other insect pests. Safe for pets and humans.

Use a Fly Vacuum 

“Homemade Fruit Fly Trap”

Ingredients and Materials:

A mason jar or other small container

Three tablespoons apple cider or distilled white vinegar

One cup water

One tablespoon granulated sugar

2 teaspoons Dawn dish soap

Plastic wrap

Rubber band or duct tape

A toothpick



Add the vinegar, water, sugar, and dish soap to the mason jar. Cover the opening with plastic wrap and secure it with the rubber band. Using the toothpick, pole several small holes in the saran wrap. The apple cider and sugar make an excellent fruit fly lure.

Flies will approach the sweet-sour surface of the water. When they try to sit on the surface of the solution, they will drown because the liquid dish soap reduces the surface tension of the liquid, causing the soap to cling to their wings and feet, rendering them unable to fly, leaving them to drown in the liquid.


Fly Bottle Top Trap – Reusable Non-Toxic Indoor/Outdoor Catcher 

Disposable Fly Trap, 2-Pack 

Use a plastic Ziplock bag half-filled with water and a single penny to repel flies hung up in a doorway to repel flies. Flies have eyes with approximately 8,000 lenses in each eye. This gives flies excellent vision in all directions at once but stray light reflections caused by the bag of water can be confusing and cause problems with the flies vision and flight path.

Use Fans indoors and outside to keep flies away.

Fly Paper 

Camphor Essential Oil

Citronella Candle

Use an indoor Fly Zapper

Part of getting rid of the flies is understanding its life cycle. Very simply, the adult fly lays eggs in the available moist organic matter. The eggs develop into larvae which feed on the organic matter. The larvae then move to a dry place to pupate. Three to four weeks later, the adult flies begin the process over again. To effectively get rid of flies, you need to break this cycle, preferably in several places.


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