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How to Keep Flies Away:
House fly. Photo credit: Hafiz Issadeen
In my years in pest control, I have seen all sorts of home remedies to attempt to repel flies. Although they work on small numbers they generally have no long-term affect. Not attracting them in the first place is truly the best “repellent”. This is true even when attempting to treat all types of flies (house flies, fruit flies, horse flies, white flies, etc).
At Insight Pest, we strongly advise utilizing the following remedies and treatment methods below to help keep flies away. All methods have been approved by our team of experts and are safe for your family and the environment. As mentioned before, one major thing to remember is that the most effective way to keep flies away is to ensure your home isn’t set up to attract them in the first place. This may mean cleaning out certain areas more often than you’re used. We hope the tips below help eliminate pesky flies from your home. If you’re ever in need of more assistance, you can always contact one of our pest control experts.
Naturally Repelling Flies
When we talk about naturally repelling flies what we really want to know is how to repel or get rid of flies without using pesticides. Here are some tips for how to keep flies away.
1. Hang Bags of Water From Porches to Repel Flies
This is supposed to reflect light and throw off the flies compound eye, but that will not have an effect or enough of an effect to make a difference on more than a few flies. The amount of bags you would need to hang around your home to make an effect would probably look funny to most folks.
2. Smoke Flies Out With Citronella Candles
Citronella is a great fly repellent but it only works effectively in a small area per candle. The amount of candles it would take to be effective would be so costly that this is really not a viable solution either.
3. Use Fly traps
Since fly traps actually attract flies the best way to use a fly trap to repel flies is to place them as far away from where you don’t want the flies as possible. You can make a mix of Sugar Water to get a few flies to the trap. Once the flies become trapped and die the dead flies will start to become an attractant to the live flies. NASTY!
4. Install Yellow Light Bulbs to Keep Flies Away
Everyone has seen those yellow light bulbs right? Well studies have shown that the color yellow is the number one color that repels flies. Unfortunately you would need to completely surround you home in yellow light bulbs for it to have any real effect.
The most effective way to get rid of flies
5. The BEST way to REPEL Flies is by Not Attracting Them in the First Place.
Flies are attracted by a variety of things but I’d like to focus on the things that are most likely to attract them. Getting rid of these attractants will go further towards any fly control than any repellent you can use.
6. Clean Garbage Cans Thoroughly and Frequently
This is by far the biggest attractor of flies. This is where flies will lay their eggs to hatch out into those nasty maggots that make all of us gag just a little. The most important thing you can do is keep your garbage cans clean. Outside garbage cans that have even a little bit of decaying matter in them will be enough to attract flies. Clean all garbage cans thoroughly and frequently.
7. Clean Pet Feces/Waste in Your Yard
Flies love feces! Cleaning up after animals in your yard will go a long way to towards controlling flies
8. Use Blue Light Bulbs to Relocate Flies
Flies may hate yellow but they love blue. A recent study at the University of Florida for the Department of Defense showed that flies are more likely to be attracted to something that is blue. So if you are going to use one of those light traps that has blue lights be sure to hang it as far away from where the flies are being a nuisance as possible. This will draw the flies to it and away from where you don’t want them.
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