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5 Natural Fly Repellents That Actually Work

If it hasn't already, the seasonal fly invasion is quickly approaching! These persistent pests are exactly that: pests. Nothing is quite as annoying as dealing with flies, especially because they seem to repopulate rapidly.

Finding ways to naturally repel flies can help keep your home a relaxing place without going to the trouble of spraying chemicals everywhere. Here are our top 5 natural ways to repel flies this summer:

Why Are There More Flies in Summer?

As the temperatures rise, the pests come out. Most pests are cold-blooded, so they hibernate for the winter, which is why we see less of them in the colder months. Additionally, reproduction and egg hatching typically take place when the weather is warm enough. That means an entire generation of pests is lying dormant until the spring and summer.

Flies have a 1-3 month lifespan, and they get a lot of reproduction done in that short time frame. Within just a few days of being born, flies gain the ability to reproduce. Each adult fly can lay 3-4 batches of up to 150 eggs. If flies find their way into your home it's likely that you'll end up with quite a few on your hands.

Just like humans, flies are active during the day and sleep at night. They follow a sort of zig-zag motion as a defense mechanism when trying to escape predators, which is why it can be hard to swat at them!

The Natural Fly Repellents That Can Protect Your Home

When it comes to natural fly repellents, there are actually quite a few options people can choose from, but these five have been the most effective in our experience!

  1. Basil and Other Herbs - Pungent herbs have been shown to deter flies from your home and garden. Planting basil around your yard or keeping a basil plant in your kitchen can help you avoid flies all summer!

  2. Lavender - Either lavender plants or lavender oil can be placed around your home in an effort to create a fly-free zone.

  3. Citrus Peels - Although it may not be the most appealing option, leaving discarded orange or citrus peels by window sills and doors can create an aroma that will deter flies.

  4. Apple Cider Vinegar Trap - Place a splash of apple cider vinegar, a splash of water, and a pump of dish soap in a cup, and stir. Cover the cup with plastic wrap, poke a few holes in the top, and watch as you catch the flies around your home.

  5. Cloves and Lemon - The mixture of cloves and lemon is a strong fly repellent, thanks to the smell. All you have to do is cut a lemon in half, stick some cloves in it, and leave it out near your food or areas that typically attract flies to keep them away.

Other Helpful Ways to Keep Flies Out

There are simple ways to prevent flies from getting in. Make sure that your home's screens, windows, and doors are sealed. Try to keep doors closed as much as possible, and take your trash out often.

As the summer progresses, it's normal to see more pest activity around your property. Work with Greenix to keep the pests under control all year long!

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