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Need ideas for a natural fly repellent for your home? You have come to the right place! We have ideas to use things you may already have around your home to repel the flies and keep your home pest-free. These all-natural options are perfect for those that want to reduce the number of chemicals that they are using or want something that is not harmful to children and pets.
4 Ways to Make Natural Fly Repellent
I have 4 ideas below that will tackle any fly problem. From keeping them away from you outdoors to capturing the ones that may already be in your home, we have a solution for you!
1. Essential Oil Fly Repellent
We will start by using essential oils to tackle the problem. Don’t have any around your home? You can click here to see my tip for buying oils inexpensively with no commitment!
To repel flies, take a sponge and a small mason jar and add 20 to 30 drops of lavender oil. Top the entire thing with a lid and leave it for about 24 hours. Remove the lid and place the jar where you see flies. You will see your pest problem fly away.
You will want to replenish the oil occasionally, as it will weaken when exposed to air. If you don’t have lavender oil on hand, other alternatives include eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemongrass essential oils. Dilute these other oils in rubbing alcohol or water in a 3-to-1 ratio before applying to the sponge.
Want to keep flies from entering your home? Try putting several drops of eucalyptus oil onto scrap strips of fabric then place these fabric strips near windows and doors to repel flies before they ever enter your home. Note: Avoid using eucalyptus oil if you are a pregnant woman or suffer from such conditions as high blood pressure or epilepsy.
2. Cloves and Citrus As A Natural Fly Repellent
Cloves are a great fly repellent as they do not like their smell. Try cutting a lemon in half and poking 6 to 12 cloves into the surface, as shown below. Set these lemon halves around your home on a plate. This actually makes a really attractive centerpiece that will repel any flies that may be in the area. Try this natural fly repellent at your next outdoor party. I love a solution that also looks and smells great….don’t you?
3. Natural Plants That Repel Flies
Flies are also repelled by the smell of certain plants. You can add one or two of these to your porch, next to doors, on your window sills, and more. The best plants we have found for this task are as follows:
- Bay leaf
You might also try these mosquito repellent plants around your home to keep even more pests away.
4. Create a Homemade Fly Trap
Already have flies in your home? Tray a honey trap for an easy way to eliminate them. Just cut a soda bottle in half (make the bottom half taller than the top half). Fill the bottom with a bit of water and add in a few drops of dish soap.
Place the top half of the bottle upside down in the bottom half, as shown below. Smear honey around the mouth of the bottle to start attracting the flies. The flies will drown in the water once they enter into the bottom of the bottle through the mouth. So simple, yet so effective!
Give these ideas for a natural fly repellent a try in your home! You will love spending the summer fly free….in a natural way!
Need more ways to keep pests out of your home? Try our links below!
- Mason Jar Fruit Fly Trap
- Getting Rid of Ants Naturally
- How to Keep Bugs off Your Cabbage Plants
- Essential Oil Insect Repellent Recipe
- Make Mosquito Repellent Candles
- Homemade Insect Sprays and Traps
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