Houseflies can be found almost anywhere there are people. They lay their eggs in rotting organic material, animal feces, and garbage.

A housefly infestation may not seem like a big deal, but it can spread disease. There are numerous safe and simple methods for preventing infestations or eliminating them once they occur. Of course, you can always hire a fly exterminator to make the process easier and more effective.

Homemade Fly Traps

You can make a DIY fly trap with soda, juice, or water bottles. Just make sure the bottles are thin enough to cut easily. Then, place them near a concentrated area of flies. The scent of the bottle will attract the flies. Once they have collected enough flies, remove the trap from the area and discard the bottle. Flies prefer decaying organic materials. You can also place some overripe fruit or a piece of raw meat in the trap to attract more flies.

A homemade fly trap is a simple yet effective way to eliminate fly infestations. These traps only take a few minutes to make. Just place the trap in a sunny location. The sunlight will cause the fruit and meat to decay, and the liquid mixture will emit a pheromone that attracts flies. Once the trap is set, you can breathe into the bottle to attract the flies. Moreover, carbon dioxide and heat attract insects.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are a natural and effective way to repel insects. They can be applied to your skin as a spray or diluted with distilled water or alcohol. Essential oils can also be used as candles or humidifiers. Some people blend these oils with distilled water or alcohol and then spray them around their homes.

Essential oils are safe and effective against flies. Eucalyptus oil, for instance, is effective against scale insects.The blend contains p-cymene, alpha-pinene, 4-terpineol, and cineole. When diluted with water, the mixture will drive flies away from your home. It is also effective against scale insects. 

Cleaning the Kitchen

The first step is to ensure cleanliness to eliminate flies from your kitchen. Food stains, rotting meat, and trash cans are ideal breeding grounds for flies. Appropriately dispose of these items, and you’ll be on your way to a fly-free kitchen.

Wash fruits and vegetables and dry them on a clean surface. Use a vegetable brush to scrub off tougher produce. Clean fruit bowls and uses disinfecting cleaning spray to remove sticky sweet residue.

Using Candles

Burning scented candles in your home is an effective way to repel flies. However, the fragrance from these candles is very strong, and flies cannot stand it. If you want to make the effect last longer, consider using larger candles. A larger candle produces more heat and fire, repelling flies for longer. However, you should make sure that the candles are in a well-ventilated area.

Insect repellents like citronella oil can also be effective at getting rid of flies. Citronella candles release a fragrance that flies cannot stand, so that they will be scared away. The smell of the citronella candle can also keep other insects from coming near the candle.