How to Get Rid of House Flies Naturally

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How do you deal with house flies naturally?

  1. Incorporate strong-smelling plants in your home
  2. Use Essential Oils
  3. Make Your Own Fly Repellent Spray
  4. Create DIY fly traps


House flies are one of the most annoying insects homeowners have to deal with. Because of the many potential diseases and bacteria they can carry, knowing how to get rid of house flies naturally can not only help you foster a clean and healthy environment at home but also help you and your family avoid the negative effects of using chemical repellents and insecticides.


Incorporate strong-smelling plants in your home

Closeup Of Tasty Beautiful Basil. Selective Focus.

The first thing you should know about house flies or flies, in general, is that they have an outstanding sense of smell. They were observed to have 21 olfactory sensory neurons contained within hair-like structures found around their bodies. That being said, there are certain smells that common house flies are attracted to like decaying organic matter like feces and garbage. It is also natural that there are smells that flies do not like, and this is what you have to take advantage of if you want to deal with flies without store-bought chemical products.

For example, there are specific plants that emit a smell that repulses flies. The most accessible one is basil because it can easily be found in shops. It also has anti-bacterial properties that help in promoting a healthy home environment. Simply acquire a basil plant and place it in problem areas of your house, especially near windows because these are common entry points for house flies. Plant some in your garden, if you have one, for added effect. If basil plants aren’t your thing, you can go for mint, tansy, or bay leaf plants.


Use essential oils

Drop Of Oil Dripping From Pipette Into Bottle Of Essential Oil

Another increasingly popular natural remedy to house fly infestations is the use of essential oils. Just like some of the aforementioned plants, flies have also been observed to loathe the scent of essential oils. Eucalyptus and lavender, in particular, are effective and have been used for centuries as an insect repellant. Not only do essential oils work on flies, but also on other insects such as mosquitoes and moths.

Purchase your preferred essential oil at your local homeopathic or specialty store then apply it on your clothes while you are at home. This will act as a natural repellent that smells really good — another plus-side of using essential oils.


Make your own fly repellent spray

woman spraying plants with spray bottle

If you want a more proactive approach to combating pesky house flies, then maybe a homemade repellent spray can be a better option for you. One of the easiest mixtures you can create is a cayenne pepper and water solution. Flies, just like many other bugs, are physically sensitive to the heat of a pepper. This is why spraying it on the access points of your house can prevent them from entering. You can also directly spray the mixture on the flies as it acts as a natural deterrent albeit in a non-lethal way.

To make the optimal solution, add 1 cup or 240 ml of water to a spray bottle. Add about 1.80 grams or 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and mix well. You can use freshly chopped or ground cayenne pepper, but dried powder is still the stronger and more effective option. Reapply the mixture when you can no longer smell it. If you find cayenne pepper too irritating, you can try using ginger as it is also a strong spice that mixes well with water.


Create DIY fly traps

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Fly traps can also be an effective way to deal with infestations because they draw flies away from problem areas in your house and allow you to get rid of them once they are collected in the trap.

Vinegar is a good lure to use for flies because almost all types of flies are attracted to its smell. This is why using it in a trap will almost always be effective. To make one, you will need plastic wrap, apple cider or white vinegar, sugar, dishwashing soap, water, a rubber band, and a jar or empty bottle.

Add ¼ cup of sugar, two cups of vinegar, ½ to 1 cup of water, a drop or two of dishwashing soap to your chosen container. Lightly mix all the ingredients together, but don’t make it too bubbly. Cover the lid using plastic wrap and secure it in place using a rubber band. Make a big enough hole in the plastic wrap so that the flies can get in.

Done properly, this trap will lure those pesky houseflies and drown them once they get into contact with the mixture. Insects, in particular, are easy to drown because they aren’t big or strong enough to break the surface tension of the mixture. Once you have collected flies, you can throw the jar away or clean and reuse it as many times you want.


Key Takeaway

Now that you know how to get rid of house flies naturally, you have more tools at your disposal that can help you deal with potential infestations without resorting to chemical sprays and repellents. If you find that the infestation you are dealing with is becoming out of control, don’t hesitate to contact your local pest control experts because they are still your best bet at getting rid of any kind of pest-related problems you are experiencing at home.

Health Risks Being Brought by House Flies

Health Risks Being Brought by House Flies

What are the health risks of house flies?

  • Typhoid Fever
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery


House flies can be seen everywhere in the Philippines. Most of us don’t really mind them most of the time since they’re more of an annoyance than an actual threat to us. There are also many types of pest control that can easily handle them.

However, hidden behind these bothersome pests are a lot of health risks that are very dangerous when left unattended. Make sure to keep them in mind when houseflies are abundant!

Before we go further, you should know some basic things about the common house fly.

 Why are House Flies Dangerous?

Why are House Flies Dangerous?

These house flies are small, around 7mm in length. They cannot bite because their mouths consist of a spongy pad shape. They are mostly being used for releasing saliva and digestive juices to turn food into liquid. Flies taste everything through the hair on their feet and mouth. Because of this, they tend to walk on everything that they think is potential food.

Their feet have sticky pads on them that lets them stick on most smooth surfaces. This allows them to collect numerous germs that are dangerous to your health. House flies are frequently found on rotting garbage and human waste.

 The Health Hazards of House Flies

The Health Hazards of House Flies

The most common reason house flies are considered a health hazard is that they carry a lot of bacteria because of where they have been. Since they can be frequently found on rotten food, garbage, and animal/human waste, the germs found on these items also come along with them.

Aside from this, it is important to note that houseflies tend to vomit and leave excrement on what they eat. This makes the food that house flies land on a possible vessel of all the bacteria that is on it.

Studies show that house flies carry about 200 types of bacteria with them. Some of which are known to be the cause of many kinds of diseases. Most of these diseases can be contracted by eating food that house flies have landed on.

Here are the most common types of diseases they carry:

Typhoid Fever – a sickness you get when you consume food or drinks contaminated by the Salmonella typhi bacteria.

This lasts for about 3 to 4 weeks. Its symptoms include poor appetite, headaches, aches and pains all over the body, fever as high as 40 degrees Celsius, and diarrhea.

The best way to treat this sickness is through antibiotics, which can kill the Salmonella bacteria.

 Cholera – an infectious disease that causes severe and watery diarrhea. This leads to dehydration when left untreated. It is caused by eating food that is contaminated with the Vibrio cholerae bacteria.

This illness happens quickly, hours after you’ve gotten the bacteria. Its symptoms are: stomachaches, urges to vomit, the feeling of being dehydrated, and diarrhea.

There is a vaccine for cholera, however, the World Health Organization don’t normally recommend it because it doesn’t work on almost half of the people who receive it. It would be better to prevent it with pest control (for house flies) and making sure to drink only water that is disinfected.

Dysentery – an inflammation of the intestine, it is caused by a number of bacteria spread by a house fly. It can cause bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain and cramps, indigestion and nausea, vomiting, and flatulence.

Same with the other mentioned sicknesses, this is also caused by eating something contaminated with bacteria.

When mild, Dysentery can be cured with antibiotics, however severe dysentery needs medical treatment from a hospital.

Apart from these illnesses, it is also possible for house flies to carry parasitic worms and spread leprosy and anthrax! A rather scary group for a tiny annoyance.

By now, it should be obvious that house flies are not just a simple annoyance. These pests are bringers of many germs that can cause sickness for anyone in your family, especially when they find their way to your food.


Key Takeaway

House flies are everywhere; it is important for you to prevent them from getting on your things, especially your food. It should be very easy to control them with the use of pest control; however, you should still remember to find different ways to prevent house flies from getting close to you.