Flies are gross. No. Seriously. They are gross.
I’m an animal lover. I’m all about protecting the fur-babies of the world. I even extend that to some insects too when I can.
Flies, not so much.
They’re right up there with roaches and bed bugs for me when it comes to the top most annoying, insidious, and resilient pests of the world.
Sure, ants are numerous and many. And mosquitos are every day vampires. But flies are a combination of gross and annoying that is almost unrivaled.
Horror lovers will know that the 1986 movie The Fly, where Jeff Goldblum’s character is turned into a large fly, is the stuff of nightmares. It serves as a way too accurate depiction of what a giant fly would look and act like.
A. GIANT. FLY.
Insert me shuddering here.
When the summer comes around that’s when flies do too. Hot garbage in the streets, overheated food particles, plants, and animal poop, are the stuff fly dreams are made of.
Your apartment or house shouldn’t be their next place to crash.
Did you know that flies poop and vomit every 3-5 minutes a day on EVERY surface they land on?
That surface could be you. It could be your FOOD.
I don’t know about you, but when a fly sneaks into my apartment I get laser focused on driving it out or killing it. I can’t focus on much of anything else as the occasional buzzing around my ear, and the idea of them setting up a maggot baby shop in an area of my closet or kitchen freaks me out too much to relax.
The problem is when the weather gets warm you want to let the breeze in. Unfortunately that brings fly opportunism (yeah, I’m making that a phrase here).
So, suffice to say, I’ve done my research.
Here are the 5 best tricks to keep flies out of your home.
You’ve got far more important things to deal with in your life, Final Girl. Don’t let these flying critters ruin your day.
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Stink Up Your Home!
Flies like to eat shit- literally. So what’s tasty and great smelling for them, won’t be the same for you. This is the same in reverse.
When I say stink up your home, I don’t mean with things that smell foul to us humans. I mean stink it up for what smells foul to flies.
Fortunately for us things that flies find repulsive actually smell really nice!
Six items flies hate the smell of that you can easily purchase or find around the house are:
You can have the smell of these items around your home by getting them in essential oils form, or as air freshener scents.
You can also plant seeds of mint and lavender in pots of soil around your apartment or house, letting them grow. Those plants can be your green warriors against fly intruders.
Citronella candles are also great at not only repelling flies but mosquitoes too. Lighting these candles in your home is a great way to repel pests. Also, candles are awesome and calming!
These cute (and cheap) tealight citronella candles are a must have.
Fun fact: Flies don’t like water. This will help you as you can create surfaces in and around your home that look like wet and reflective surfaces.
One way to do this is by getting a durable ziplock bag and putting pennies at the bottom of it. Then fill the bag with water. Place these bags of water in areas that you know flies enter in. Flies will see the bags and go the other way.
This can also be done with CDs (if you still have those around).
The science behind this: A reflective surface can reflect light. This will throw off the fly’s compound eyes.
The kind of lights you put up can also attract or repel flies.
FYI: Yellow light repels. Blue light attracts flies.
Take that into consideration next time you’re decorating your apartment balcony with cute bulbs.
Trap and Kill
Sometimes when you battle monsters, big and small, you have no choice but to deal a lethal blow.
A tried and true home remedy way of trapping and killing flies is apple cider vinegar. You can use this versatile ingredient to kill and repel flies. For some reason flies really do love the smell of apples and vinegar.
You can use this knowledge to ensure their demise.
You can create your own trap just by using soap and apple cider vinegar.
The steps are as follows:
- Get a bowl
- Put apple cider vinegar in it
- Next add a little dish soap.
- Place the bowl in an area in your home, or outside of it.
- Watch as the apple cider vinegar attracts the flies. When the fly lands it won’t be able to escape as the surface tension created by mixing the two ingredients will make it impossible.
- The fly dies
Bonus: MUWAHAHAHAHAAHAHA! <evil but justified laughter>
Keep It Clean!
I don’t mean with your damn language. I’m talking about where you live.
Flies love mess. They love garbage, rotting food, and poop.
They’re also opportunists. They’ll go in where they see an opening- literally.
Make sure your environment doesn’t have any of that. The best offense is a good defense when it comes to these pests.
Here are some easy ways to make sure your home isn’t a breeding ground for flies.
- Get garbage cans with tight lids. Make sure the trash is closed.
- Take out the garbage regularly.
- Clean and wipe down your garbage can often.
- Clean up pet poop. This goes for cat litter and dog droppings.
- Wash dishes often
- Don’t leave dirty dishes and opened food on the counter
- Keep your windows and doors closed when possible
- Make sure your screens don’t have holes in them
Home remedies and do it yourself (DIY) simple projects usually should do the trick. Yet, sometimes things can get to a point where you have to bring in the big guns.
Fly light traps can be used inside and outside. They look pretty modern too, so they won’t be an eye sore in your space.
This bug zapper looks like something right out of a cool science-fiction film!
This bug zapper not only takes care of flies, but mosquitos too. It’s also a great price for what it achieves.
The great thing about this lamp is that it means you don’t have to use pesticides and poisons in your home. If you have pets like me, then you know how important that is.
In Conclusion: Flies SUCK!
Preparation is half the battle with these psychopaths (seriously, who doesn’t like the smell of lavender?) of the bug world.
Things don’t have to be complicated. And you don’t have to let these flies stress you out, Final Girl.
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