Summer is officially here and it’s time to get your friends and family around for a BBQ, take a trip to the beach or head out for a classic Kiwi roadie. But the warmer weather also brings the return of unwanted guests to your home – the housefly!
In this article, we’ve pulled together a few products and home remedies that you can use to get rid of these nasty pests in your home, and a few handy tips to help you make it a no-fly zone.
How to Get Flies Out of Your Home
FLY TRAPS: The Buzz Fly Trap
The Buzz Fly Trap is a non-toxic and poison-free repellant that is exceptional for getting rid of annoying house flies while keeping your family safe. It uses a natural insect attractant, mixed with water, and effectively lures the flies into the trap with no chance of escape. It’s easy to clean, refillable and reusable so you can change it after 2-3 weeks, and then they’re all ready to fly catch again. Place it on the balcony or anywhere in the home where the flies usually bunch up and you’ll start to notice less and less pesky flies.
Shoo Away Fly repellant
A classic kiwi summer is nothing without a BBQ, a picnic, or camping, so be sure to get yourself the Shoo Away Fly Repellant. It’s safe and chemical free, working like a fan by scattering light around, which the flies see as movement and fly away. This child-friendly and pet-safe product can be used both indoors and outdoors, and is best placed on tables to keep flies from settling on any food left out.
Plug-In Indoor Pest Repellant
If you’re looking to shoo away the flies and other pests, consider getting Plug-In Pest Free technology – a safe indoor house pest repellent. It’s a light portable fly repellant that generates a frequency to stress out the insect’s nervous system and makes them fly away from your home. It’s a great way to get rid of flies without the smell, poison and having to clean up dead houseflies. This kid and pet-safe repellant isn’t just for flies, it works on other pests like mosquitos – all you have to do is plug it in a room and say goodbye to your unwanted guests.
Natural Fly Repellant Remedies
Flies hate the smell of basil, which is handy because having it in the kitchen means you’ll not only scare off any flies lurking around, but you’ll also have a herb on hand for garnishing or cooking with. The kitchen countertop is a fantastic place to put your basil plant, as that’s where you’ll be cooking up a feast (and where flies tend to hang around!)
The simplest yet most effective home remedy to win the battle against house flies is lavender. You can put it in your home, let it grow in the garden or use lavender oil in a diffuser, and the flies will be repulsed and won’t set foot in the house.
Most fly repellants you buy contain lemon or orange extracts because flies absolutely hate citrus. Place a few citrus peels in a small cloth or on a plate, and put them where you can find most of the flies in your home. If you can’t smell the citrus anymore, give the peels a slight rub to keep the scent fresh and strong.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Time to make a homemade trap! Flies love the smell of apple cider vinegar, so mix it in a bowl with a natural liquid soap and watch the flies fall into the solution and get trapped - thanks to the solid surface tension.
9 Tips for a Fly-Free Home
- Make sure your windows and doors are fully closed and sealed with no holes or gaps and use the air con when possible during the warmer weather.
- Wipe down your kitchen benchtops and sweep up the floors after cooking.
- Cover your rubbish bins with a tight lid and take out the trash if it’s full.
- Store any leftover food and fruit into a sealed air-tight container and put them in the fridge.
- Don’t leave cups on benchtops and dirty dishes in the sink.
- Vacuum your carpets to remove any spilled food or drinks.
- Remove any piles of leaves or grass clippings from around the outside of your home.
- Switch off any outside lights if they’re not in use.
- Clean up after your pets as quickly as possible.
Whether you’re choosing to shop for a fly repellant, trying out one of these natural remedies, or making a habit of keeping doors and windows closed on summer days, now you’ve got the tools you need to enjoy a fly-free summer.
As mentioned in our tips, keeping your carpets clean and fresh means one less thing for flies to be drawn towards – so if it’s time to show your carpets some love and give your home a thorough clean, start by downloading your very own Personalised Cleaning Guide!