What is the best thing to get rid of flies? A person can’t even sit outside in peace without flies buzzing everywhere. I’m tired of having to swat them. I don’t like those bug zappers either.
Jazzmine Mastro, Rhode Island
The best guide to getting rid of all kinds of flies is this article: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-get-rid-of-flies/ It covers how to take care of house flies, fruit flies, drain flies, and more. I’ll put a little summary of that guide here for you.
If you’re not a fan of bug zappers, you may not want to use flypaper either. But if you want to try making your own at home, it’s easy. All you need is sugar, corn syrup, and an index card. If you have a water bottle handy, spray the flypaper to make it sticky again when it dries. For more traps check out our article on how to get rid of gnats here.
You can make other kinds of fly traps to catch them inside your home. Funnel and jar traps are especially good at capturing fruit flies. They enter to eat, but then they can’t leave.
If you like to spend time outside without flies bothering you, plant basil. This herb naturally repels flies. Similarly, essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender also keep flies away. We have another article where we show in great detail how to keep flies away and repel them with natural home remedies. Plus, cinnamon and cloves are natural fly repellents. Even a mixture of cayenne pepper and water will even kill flies, no swatter needed.
In conclusion, I hope this helps you enjoy your summer outdoors without flies.