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How To Get Rid of Flies On my Porch

Having a porch outside your house is nice. It gives you a great place to rest at mid-day with a chilled lemonade in your hand. Letting you enjoy the hot afternoon. A porch is an ideal place for summer festivities and to have coffee during chilly nights during the fall, however nothing takes away the joy like flies buzzing on your porch. 

Flies are disgusting, disturbing, and unwelcomed.

What brings them to your porch?

Flies are always looking for places to breed. Places  that provide them with even the littlest of food are good enough for them. There are bound to be food traces on your porch; spilled tea, cookie crumbles, sugary residue from juices and sticky handprints of your kids somewhere on the porch –there are numerous sources of food on your porch for flies. Moreover, flies have strong senses to detect odor, so they would be flying in from afar if you have a welcoming porch for them.

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They look for dirty places, especially garbage to lay their eggs and if your porch does not get thoroughly cleaned everyday then it is open ground for the flies to invade. If you have pets and they have a habit of littering near your porch, then that could invite in the flies as well. If there is any feces lying around in your yard or garden, flies will definitely come around.

7 Ticks to Repel Flies

Now that you know it is very common to have house flies especially in over your porch, you might wonder how can you get rid of them to have a pleasant summer or autumn evening sitting at your porch?

Here are some effective and proven ways to keep the flies at bay.

  • Citronella infused incense and candles

You can light up citrus candles and place them on your windows or around the porch floorboard in the evening to ward off flies. What works best is citronella infused incense, which will keep your porch smelling great in the evening and repels flies at the same time. Other than that, citronella infused tiki torches are also a great way to keep flies away from your porch especially during summer time, lightening up the surrounding and working as a repellent.  

  • Hydrogen peroxide spray bottle

Hydrogen peroxide is known as a disinfectant and has antifungal properties. Mix one-third of hydrogen peroxide in a bottle and fill the rest with water. Spray the mixture on and around your porch especially where you and your kids usually eat or drink.  

  • Anise oil can make excellent fly repellant

Anise oil is known to be extremely beneficial for the digestive system, has anti-rheumatic properties and helps relieve contractions, it is less commonly known for is its antibacterial and insecticidal properties. It can be easily found in grocery stores; just make sure you buy original anise seed extract. Mix the extract in water and put it in a spray bottle to spray it over the porch and whatever furniture you have there. It will surely keep the flies away.

  • You can use mouthwash too

This might sound odd but it can be used, as it is effective because of its alcohol-based minti-ness. Mouthwash has antibacterial and refreshing properties, which can come to aid in repelling off flies. Fill it in a spray bottle with half-cup water and half cup mouthwash and spray the mixture on the window panes, chairs legs if there are any chairs or tables, corners of the door and all around the porch steps. This will keep the flies away and your porch refreshing.

  • Plant nice herbs around your porch

Planting herbs around your house is a way to make your porch look attractive and repel flies at the same time. You can put them in a pot and place them on your window bars, or line them up on the porch floor or hang them with gauge wire in glass bottles. Basil leaves, lavender, citronella grass, rosemary, mint – they are fragrant and highly repellent at the same time.  

  • Use essential oils after cleaning the porch

Essential oils are known for their soothing effects on our nerves, their healing properties and aromatic benefits. However, they are not as friendly when it comes to flies and other insects. Essential oils can be effectively used to make repellant for flies.

Take a sprit bottle; add two cups of water in it and 24 drops of essential oil. Peppermint, lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil are the best choice for a bug repellant that is effective and refreshingly aromatic.

All you have to do is that whenever you clean your porch, make sure you clean it thoroughly with water, scrubbing the floorboard, door and the windows (if any). When you are done, spray the mixture you made with essential oil. It will leave your porch clean and fresh with spray acting as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal.

  • Replace UV light bulbs with warm yellow bulbs

Houseflies, among many other flying insects are photo tactic. Their eyes have a special mechanism which can see patterns in Ultra violet light, which is why they are attracted towards white lights. UV lights are known to bring in swarm of flies and insects during the night. If you have white lights in your porch or in your garden, you can replace them with warm orange or yellow lights, as they are less likely attract flies. This is the reason why flytraps have UV lights in them; as flies are most likely to be attracted in.  


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Control Flies With Professional Products From Solutions

Solutions Pest & Lawn has professional fly control DIY products that can help you to eliminate the presence of flies on your porch. 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.

You can find all the products you need with our Guaranteed Fly Control Kit. This kit has all you need to get rid of flies from your porch.


We hope this article has helped you decide how you want to tackle the infestation of flies on your porch. 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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