How To Get Rid Of House Flies

Posted 4 months ago by Tharaa Nagendran in

At a certain point of time, the snowing stops and the warming up of weather starts for us to remind the incoming hot summer season. Once the summer comes, we tend to get into the vacation mode which makes us feel enthusiastic. But then, that time is where some of the insects like ants start annoying us in different ways in our day-to-day lives. And in the list, house flies stands to be the first to make our day frustrating with the continuous disturbances. We will literally be confused in not knowing from where these houseflies even come from. And there the confusion begins with a lot of questions getting arisen in our minds. We may think that these house flies do not hurt us by biting us. But then, they do have the ability to spread all the most deadly and contagious diseases that could even lead us to the worst health conditions. I am pretty sure that each one of us will be looking for a way to get rid of those houseflies very soon from our house. So, to help you with this we are here with some of the home remedies which could actually make you get rid of all those annoying houseflies from your house. 

How To Get Rid Of House Flies

Different Ways To Get Rid Of House Flies

The tormenting buzzing sound of the houseflies is more than enough to make us look in for the ways to get rid of them. There are many of the simple ways which you can try easily at your homes in making those houseflies to get rid of easily from your home. Following are some of those simple ways to try at your home to remove all those houseflies from your home. 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Trap
  2. Essential Oil Spray
  3. Tea Tree Oil
  4. Hot Pepper Spray
  5. Basil Leaves
  6. Geranium Oil
  7. Lavender Oil
  8. Ginger Spray
  9. Catnip Essential Oil
  10. Eucalyptus Oil
  11. Orange Peels
  12. Lemongrass Essential Oil
  13. UV Traps
  14. Andiroba Oil
  15. Sticky Ribbons


#1. Apple Cider Vinegar Trap

The apple cider vinegar[1] is known to be one of the best attractants in terms of the house flies. So, using this will help in forming a trap for the house flies to make them get caught very easily. Some of the other small insects can also get caught inside this trap other than the houseflies. 

Ingredients Required:

Apple cider vinegar2 cups
Soap water solution1 cup
Big Jar1
String1

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you should take about 2 cups of apple cider vinegar solution and mix it with one cup of soap water solution.
  2. Stir the solution gently such that both the solution gets combined well.
  3. Then pour the solution into a big jar.
  4. Then you have to connect the string to the jar for hanging it.
  5. You have to hang the jar at a height of about 4 to 6 feet from the ground. This is because that is the ideal place for the house flies to fly.
  6. Select a proper place to hang this jar where you have noticed more flies.
  7. Also, switch on the light in the area where the jar is hanged as flies get attracted much towards the light.
  8. Let the jar hang there for overnight.
  9. When you wake up in the morning, you can see some house flies inside the jar solution.


#2. Essential Oil Spray

Almost most of the plants like thyme, clove, peppermint[2] will have a strong odor and will be spicy by its nature. So, the essential oils obtained from this plant will obviously contain the same flavor and strength as the plant does. Using all these essential oils mixed together in a single spray can help you in obtaining very effective and quick results. 

Ingredients Required:

Thyme Oil10 drops
Clove Oil10 drops
Peppermint Oil10 drops
Lemongrass Oil10 drops
Non-flavored vodka2 cups
Purified water2 cups

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Initially, take a small bowl and add about 2 cups of purified water into it.
  2. Then add about 2 cups of non-flavored vodka into the same bowl.
  3. After that add about 10 drops in each of the specified essential oils into the same bowl.
  4. Stir the solution well using a spoon.
  5. Now pour the mixed essential oil solution into a spray bottle.
  6. Then start spraying the essential oil spray in those areas where the house flies and other similar insects could breed. 
  7. Some of the places like garbage area, moist places, the area where you dispose of everything could be the ideal places where the house flies and the other insects could breed.
  8. So, you can start spraying this essential oil spray in these areas and prevent the house flies breeding at your home.


#3. Tea Tree Oil 

One of the strongest and powerful oils among all the other essential oils must be the tea tree essential oil[3]. So, there are many chances for the houseflies to get completely removed from your place once you start using them. Also, some of the recent studies have proved that this oil works well and better even after 24 hours of duration on your skin to make the houseflies to stay away from your skin and place. 

There are mainly two ways for using the tea tree oil to get rid of the house flies. The methods for preparation and the process are mentioned below. 

#1. Ingredients Required:

Tea tree oil5 drops
Carrier oil2 tbsp

Steps For Preparation:

  1. For this, you have to choose any of the carrier oils that can be mixed with the tea tree essential oil. You can choose any of the natural oils such as coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, safflower oil. 
  2. Now you have to add about 2 tbsp of any chosen carrier oil into the small bowl.
  3. Then add about 5 drops of tea tree essential oil into the bowl containing the carrier oil.
  4. Mix both the oils well such that it gets mixed well.
  5. Then start applying it on your skin layer like it hands and legs where the skin is not covered and gets exposed.
  6. This can help you to get rid of the houseflies. 

#2. Ingredients Required:

Tea tree oil10 drops
Any Diffuser1 cup

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Initially, you have to choose any diffuser to prepare the tea tree oil spray.
  2. You can choose any diffuser like purified water, non-flavored vodka or any other liquids.
  3. Now pour about 1 cup of the chosen diffuser into a small bowl.
  4. Then add about 10 drops of tea tree oil into the bowl containing the liquid.
  5. Stir the solution well to make them get combined.
  6. Then add the mixed solution into a spray bottle and shake it well.
  7. Now start spraying the tea tree oil mixture into the areas where you notice the house flies or in the breeding areas. 
  8. You can spray them in those corner areas where it will be damp or the areas where the garbage and disposals are dumped. 

Note:


#4. Hot Pepper Spray

The hot pepper[4] is one of the spiciest and the strongest spice that could help you to get rid of the houseflies. The houseflies will find it very difficult to breathe in the environment containing the hot pepper due to its strong odor. You will not find any houseflies at your home once you start using this spray. Also, you can have this plant at your home to get effective results. 

Ingredients Required:

Fully grown peppers3 to 4
Purified water3 to 4 cups

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Take about 3 to 4 fully grown peppers in a small bowl.
  2. Then using a blender, grind the fully grown pepper into a smooth paste by adding a little amount of water.
  3. Once the pepper paste is obtained, you should add about 3 to 4 cups of purified water into them. 
  4. Then add the hot pepper solution into a mason jar and close it with an airtight cap.
  5. Now place the jar under the sun for about one week.
  6. The water will get dried and you will obtain a pepper mixture at the end of one week.
  7. Now you have to take the mixture and mix it with 2 cups of purified water.
  8. Then add the pepper solution into a spray bottle and start using them.
  9. You can start spraying it on those areas where the wastes are dumped or in the damp corners where the house flies could breed. 
  10. Using this continuously can help you easily to get rid of them. 
  11. But then, remember that you should not stop using them if you want to get rid of house flies completely. 


#5. Basil Leaves

The delightful smell of the basil[5] leaves might be a primary reason to use the basil leaves in cooking the food items. But then, when it comes to houseflies they get repelled to the smell of the basil leaves. So, these houseflies will feel very tough to survive in an environment with the basil leaves or its smell. So, this will help in maintaining your environment very clean and tidy.  

Ingredients Required:

Basil leaves 18 to 20
Purified water1 cup

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Initially, you have to take either fresh basil leaves or the dried ones.
  2. If you go for the fresh basil leaves, then you have to take about 18 to 20 leaves. Or if you prefer for dried basil leaves, then you should prefer for taking about 9 to 10 basil leaves. 
  3. Now add about 1 cup of purified water into a small bowl.
  4. Then add the basil leaves into the bowl and mix it well.
  5. Allow the solution to steep for about 20 to 30 minutes under a low flame.
  6. This will help in obtaining a basil leaf decoction solution at the end.
  7. Now you have to mix about 1 cup of purified water with the obtained decoction solution.
  8. Mix the solution well using a spoon and pour it inside a spray bottle.
  9. Start using the spray like how you use the other oil sprays as mentioned in the above methods. 


#6. Geranium Oil

The geranium[6] plant is one of the best plants that could act as an excellent repellent for almost all type of small insects. These oils have the ability to act against the houseflies for a longer duration of time. 

You can use Geranium in two ways to get rid of the house flies very easily. 

#1. Steps For Preparation:

  1. You can prefer this method if you have a garden area at your home.
  2. If you live in the favorable weather conditions area, then you can very well plant the geranium plant in your garden area.
  3. This can prevent the breeding of house flies in your garden area.

#2. Ingredients Required:

Geranium oil20 to 25 drops
Purified water1 cup

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Take a small bowl and add about 1 cup of purified water into it.
  2. Then add about 20 to 25 drops of geranium oil into it.
  3. Stir the geranium oil solution very well to obtain the mixture.
  4. Now pour the geranium oil solution into a spray bottle and shake it well.
  5. Then start using the geranium spray like all the other spray as mentioned in the above methods.


#7. Lavender Oil

Despite being an excellent healing agent for the houseflies, the Lavender oil[7] is also an amazing repellent against the insects and the houseflies[8]. The leaves distilled water is an active remedy for all kinds of insect bites. 

There are three ways for using the Lavender oil to get rid of the house flies. They are mentioned below. 

#1. Steps For Preparation:

  1. We will find a lot of house flies in our homes if we have a garden area.
  2. In such cases, you can prefer for planting the Lavender plant at your garden area. 
  3. This can prevent the breeding of house flies to a greater extent at your homes.

#2. Ingredients Required:

Lavender essential oil5 to 6 drops
Carrier oil2 tbsp

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you have to choose a suitable carrier oil to mix it along with the Lavender essential oil.
  2. You can choose natural oils like safflower oil, coconut oil and any more as your carrier oil.
  3. Then add about 2 tbsp of the carrier oil into the small bowl.
  4. Now add about 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil into the bowl containing the carrier oil.
  5. Mix both the oils together using a spoon.
  6. Then start applying the mixed oil all over your skin regularly when you go out.
  7. This can prevent you from getting affected by the house flies. 

#3. Ingredients Required:

Lavender essential oil20 drops
Purified water2 cups
Unflavored Vodka1 cup

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Place a small bowl and add about 2 cups of purified water into it.
  2. Then add about 1 cup of unflavored vodka into the same bowl containing the purified water.
  3. Now add the lavender essential oil into the same bowl. You can add about 20 drops of the oil into it.
  4. Then mix the solution well to make them get mixed well.
  5. Pour the Lavender essential oil solution into the spray bottle and shake it well.
  6. Start to use the lavender essential oil spray in the areas where you find more house flies at your home.


#8. Ginger Spray

The strong and powerful odor of Ginger[9] is the primary reason behind this spray. When the houseflies come in contact with the ginger spray, they tend to get irritated. So, they start searching for some other places to breed and gets completely removed from that place. So, using this will really cause a change to a greater extent. 

Ingredients Required:

Dried Ginger powder4 to 5 tbsp
Purified water3 to 4 cups

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Place a small bowl and add about 3 to 4 cups of purified water into it.
  2. Then add about 4 to 5 tbsp of ginger powder into it.
  3. Mix the solution until the ginger powder gets dissolved completely in the water.
  4. Then pour the ginger solution into a spray bottle.
  5. Start spraying the ginger spray on the areas in and around your house.
  6. You can prefer for those areas where you could find those cable connections, the cluster of wires and the garbage areas at your home. 


#9. Catnip Essential Oil 

The catnip essential oil[10] obtained from the seeds can actively act against the houseflies. They can efficiently help in controlling the houseflies at your home.  

There are three different ways by which you can use the Catnip oil in order to get rid of the house flies and the other small insects.

#1. Ingredients Required:

Catnip oil2 drops
Carrier oil40 drops

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, choose a carrier oil like the coconut oil, safflower oil or the olive oil for preparing the house flies repellent lotion.
  2. In this, you have to mix about 1 part of the Catnip oil with about 10 parts of the carrier oil.
  3. So, you have to mix about 2 drops of catnip oil with about 40 drops of your carrier oil. 
  4. Mix both the oils well and start applying it all over your skin.
  5. This oil will prevent your skin from getting exposed to the house flies. 

#2. Ingredients Required:

Catnip seed oil30 drops
Unflavored vodka1 cup
Purified water2 cups

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Place one bowl and add about 2 cups of purified water into it.
  2. Then add about 1 cup of unflavored vodka solution into it.
  3. After that, add about 30 drops of Catnip seed oil into the solution.
  4. Then mix the solution well to get them combined well.
  5. Pour the mixed solution into a spray bottle and start using them like the sprays that are mentioned before. 
  6. Make sure that you shake the bottle well before every time you use those sprays.  

#3. Steps For Preparation:

  1. You can grow the Catnip essential oil plant at your home to get rid of the house flies.
  2. This grows very easily with very less maintenance. 


#10. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil[11] is also one of those oils which has a very strong odor and acts powerfully against the houseflies. So, these flies will really find it very hard to breathe in such an environment that contains the eucalyptus oil smell. 

There are two different ways by which you can use the Eucalyptus oil in order to get rid of the house flies and the other small insects.

#1. Steps For Preparation:

  1. Eucalyptus plant can be one of the best choices to get rid of the house flies from your house.
  2. You can grow a Eucalyptus plant in your garden area if you have it in your home.

#2. Ingredients Required:

Eucalyptus oil25 drops
Purified water2 cups
Vodka1 cup

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Place a small bowl and pour about 2 cups of purified water into it.
  2. Then pour about 1 cup of vodka into the water kept in the bowl.
  3. Now add about 25 drops of Eucalyptus oil into the same bowl.
  4. Stir the Eucalyptus oil solution well to make them get mixed well.
  5. Now pour it into a spray bottle and shake it well after closing it.
  6. Then start to use the Eucalyptus spray in those areas where you could find more house flies at your home. 


#11. Orange Peels

The orange peels contain a special kind of chemical compound which could act against the houseflies and prevent the place from them.

Ingredients Required:

Orange peels5 to 6
Muslin cloth1

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Initially, you have to take a few orange peels separately from the fruits.
  2. Then place those orange peels on the muslin cloth.
  3. Tie the muslin cloth by covering the orange peels inside them.
  4. Then hang this cloth in the areas where you could find more house flies like your kitchen, areas where water gets stagnant and many more. 


#12. Lemongrass Essential Oil

The lemongrass essential oil[12] has the ability to act against the houseflies. It also prevents the place from getting infected by all the small and big flies.  

There are three different ways by which you can use the Lemongrass essential oil in order to get rid of the house flies and the other small insects.

#1. Steps For Preparation:

  1. Lemongrass plant is one of those varieties of grass plant which will not require the need for more maintenance.
  2. Also, it will require only very less space to grow. 
  3. So, you can very well plant the lemongrass shrub at your home in the garden areas or in the front corridors. 

#2. Ingredients Required:

Lemongrass essential oil5 drops

Steps For Preparation:

  1. This involves applying the oil externally on your skin.
  2. You have to take about 5 drops of the lemongrass essential oil in your palm. 
  3. Then start to rub the lemongrass essential oil all over your skin where your skin is not covered and gets exposed.
  4. Apply the oil whenever you plan to go out to get rid of the house flies. 

#3. Ingredients Required:

Lemongrass essential oil20 to 25 drops
Purified water2 cups
Unflavored Vodka1 cup

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you should place a small bowl and add about 2 cups of purified water into it.
  2. After that, you have to add about 1 cup of unflavored vodka[13] into the same bowl containing the purified water.
  3. Then add the lemongrass essential oil into the same bowl. You can add about 20 to 25 drops of the lemongrass oil into it.
  4. Now start to mix the solution well to make them get mixed well.
  5. Pour the mixed lemongrass essential oil solution into the spray bottle and shake it well.
  6. You can start to use the lemongrass essential oil spray in the areas where you find more house flies at your home like all the other sprays. 


#13. UV Traps

The UV light can actually help in forming a trap for almost all the flying insects. So, this will be an efficient way to get rid of the houseflies. 

Ingredients Required:

Strong & lengthy string1
UV light bulb1
Glue board1
Plastic soda bottle1
Soap solution1/2 cup

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you have to take a plastic soda bottle and cut them into two pieces.
  2. While cutting you have to make sure that you cut the bottle where the slanting portion of the upper part of the bottle ends along with the circumference of the bottle.
  3. So, now you will have two pieces of the bottle in which one looks like a tumbler and the other looks like an inverted funnel.
  4. Now, you have to fill the tumbler portion of the soda bottle with the half amount of soapy water.
  5. Then place the inverted funnel portion on the tumbler portion like a funnel.
  6. You have to tape both the pieces together to make them look attached. 
  7. Place a UV bulb at the top portion of the funnel.
  8. And then, you have to hang this bottle at a height of about 4 to 6 feet from the ground level.
  9. So, when the UV light bulb glows, all the house flies in that area will get attracted towards it.
  10. When it comes near the light bulb, these house flies will go in contact with the soapy water kept in the bottle.
  11. So, the house flies will get drowned inside that soapy water.
  12. Since the space inside the bottle will be very less, the house flies will get caught inside the trap and die inside the soapy water.

Note:


#14. Andiroba Oil

The insecticidal properties of andiroba oil are one of the primary reasons to use this oil to get rid of the houseflies.   

There are two different ways by which you can use the Andiroba oil in order to get rid of the house flies and the other small insects.

#1. Ingredients Required:

Andiroba seed oil15 drops
Rubbing alcohol60 to 70 ml

Steps For Preparation:

  1. You can get the andiroba essential oil that is obtained from the seeds of the andiroba plant.
  2. Then add about 60 to 70 ml of rubbing alcohol[14] into a small bowl.
  3. Now add about 15drops of andiroba seed oil into the rubbing alcohol kept in the bowl.
  4. Mix both the solution together very well such that it gets mixed together.
  5. This can be used as a house flies and mosquito repellents[15] that could protect your skin from them.
  6. This will form a protective layer when applied on the skin and helps you to get rid of the house flies and other such insects. 

#2. Ingredients Required:

Andiroba seed oil45 to 50 drops
Unflavored vodka1 cup
Purified water2 cups

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Place one large bowl and add about 2 cups of purified water into it.
  2. Add about 1 cup of unflavored vodka into the purified water kept in the large bowl.
  3. Then add about 45 to 50 drops of andiroba seed oil into the diluted vodka solution.
  4. Mix the solution well to make them get combined well.
  5. Then pour the solution into a spray bottle and shake it well to get them mixed well.
  6. You can start to use the spray on the corners and the damp areas where you could find the accumulations of wastes and other dust materials. 
  7. Use them regularly to get rid of the houseflies very soon. 


#15. Sticky Ribbons

Sticky ribbons are one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways for removing all the houseflies from your place. Also, this method is safe to use it in your homes. 

Ingredients Required:

Brown paper or thin brown cards3 to 4 (lengthy ones)
Corn syrup1 bottle
Thread1 ball
Spoon  (large-sized)1
Water1 cup
Scissors1
Heating Pan1

Steps For Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you have to take a sheet of brown paper or a few thin brown cards.
  2. Then, you have to cut them and join it to form long ribbons which are of 8 inches in length and 2 inches in the breath.
  3. Now take the heating pan, and fill it with a few tablespoons of corn syrup. 
  4. Also, add a little amount of water to the corn syrup solution in the pan.
  5. Start heating the pan until the corn syrup solution starts to boil.
  6. Also, make sure that you stir the boiling corn syrup solution using a small spoon until it gets heated completely.
  7. Once it starts boiling, remove the solution from the heat.
  8. Then place the solution aside and take the thin brown ribbons.
  9. You have to place those ribbons soaked inside the boiled corn syrup solution.
  10. Leave the brown sheet of ribbon to stay inside the corn syrup solution for about 4 hours.
  11. So, after 4 hours you will be able to obtain a brown sheet with the sticky surface.
  12. Then remove the ribbon from the heating pan and make it hang inside a room under a fan. 
  13. Wait until the syrup solution in the brown sheet gets completely dried. 
  14. Now you have to choose the areas for hanging these ribbons in your home.
  15. The places should be free from too much air and human traffic. 
  16. You should hang those syrup ribbons over those ribbons and leave it.
  17. The house flies which get passed through those areas will get attracted towards the brown ribbons.
  18. You have to keep changing those ribbons once the ribbon gets filled with the house flies.


This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Geeta Sundar on 29/06/19 

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