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How to Get Rid of Flies In Your Home

Flies are a common sight in warm, tropical and humid regions of the world, so when summer comes around, don’t be surprised if you see a fly buzzing around. But the last thing you need is a fly coming inside your home and ruining your peace. They invade not only your personal space by their annoying buzzing sound as they fly around you, but also contaminate your food by trying to get some of it as well. Normally food and garbage is what attracts them to your home in the first place. 

What Are Flies?

Flies, also known as houseflies, are one of the most common flying insects in the world and are found almost everywhere. They are known scientifically as Musca domestica. Female flies are larger than their male counterparts and lay hundreds of eggs in unsanitary places such as garbage, stale water, rotting food, etc. Adult flies have a very short lifespan and live only for about 2-4 weeks and they hibernate in the winter. They are not more than 0.8 mm in size and they don’t sting.

Flies Love Dirty Things

Ever noticed flies swarming around garbage cans and rotting food? That’s right, they just love the smell of unclean things and they even love gathering around feces. If you see fly in a restaurant know that the kitchen is unsanitary. Unlike bees, who love going to fresh flowers and fruits to get some nectar, flies are attracted to everything dirty.

How to Get Rid Of Them?

If you have a fly in your home, then it is most likely due to poor hygiene standards in the home that attracted it in the first place. But fortunately, you can reverse the situation and successfully get rid of the fly/flies from your home by the following solutions:

Fly Repellants

The first thing you should do is to have some fly repellant in your home. You can either get one from the store or make one yourself.

Fly Sprays

Make sure to cover your face or wear some mask before you start spraying the anti-fly spray around your house. Keep little children and pets away as well so that they don’t inhale any of the spray. It is not poisonous, but it is best not to breathe the chemical-based fly killing spray. Spray wherever you see the flies or on the areas where they come from.

Fly Swatter

If you are doing the fly killing the old school way, then you can get a good fly swatter and use it whenever you see a fly buzzing around. Sometimes, you can’t help but open the windows because it is too hot, and you want some fresh air, and then the flies come in. A fly swatter comes in handy and although you might not be able to kill a fly every time you see, it but when you do, it falls flat and dies out instantly. All you need to do is throw it away.

Plants and herbs

The reason why they are so different than bees is that unlike bees, they are repelled by the strong scent of flowers, herbs and other plants. They might go to a decaying plant because that’s just how their nature is.

Getting a strong-scented herb like basil does wonders for repelling the flies away from your home. The best part about it is that you can get it easily from the grocery stores or even grow it in your backyard. Basil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which is one of the reason why flies steer clear of it. Other herbs such as bay leaf or mint, work fine too.

Getting a strong-smelling flower also does the trick such as fresh lavenders or tansy. All you need to do is to place the pot of the basil or flowers near any window or opening where the flies usually find their way in and soon enough no more flies are going to lurk around your house.

Essential oils

Just when you thought that essential oils only come in handy in your spa sessions or aroma therapy, you would be happy to know that they can also be used to repel flies away. As mentioned above, flies hate strong flowery or fresh herb scents and avoid them like a plague. Just pour in essential oils like lavender, orange and eucalyptus in a diffuser or humidifier. The smell would be spread all over your house and flies won’t be buzzing around for sure.

Orange and lemon peels

The strong citrusy smell will block their entrance from a distance. Just drop some orange peels or lemon zest around the counter tops or windows and near the food and you won’t see them invading your space ever.

Vinegar trap

Just get a bowl and fill it up with vinegar; it is best to use apple cider vinegar. Take a plastic sheet and place it on top of the bowl and make a small hole in the center for the fly to enter through. The smell of vinegar attracts flies a lot and they will be lured into it. The vinegar will kill them off instantly.

How To Prevent Flies In Your Home?

The only way you can prevent flies from entering your home is to ensure a clean living environment. Clean up your house regularly, especially the kitchen. Throw away rotting things in a sealed bag and make sure all the trashcans are tightly closed.


Home remedies may work but they are not as sustainable as applying a true fly killing insecticide. If you want to get really serious about fly control, we recommend that you buy professional fly control DIY products that help you to eliminate the presence of flies in your home. A combination of high quality fly traps, baits and insecticide sprays will do the trick in eliminating a fly infestation.

We have traps that work really well such as Musca-StikQuickstrike Fly Abatement StripsFlies Be Gone, and even light traps like the Mantis Fly Light. What you choose depends upon your preference. There are also fly control insecticide sprays that can be effective like Pyrid Aerosol or MaxForce Fly Spot Bait. For flies that are discovered hanging around your sink drains, Drain Gel cleaner can wipe up the gunk and organic matter that flies are attracted to.


If you’re sick and tired of flies making life miserable on your property, following the tips we shared above above and equipping yourself with the traps and preventative measures, flies will no longer be a problem in your home. For more help or DIY advice, contact us at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we will be happy assist you.

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