House flies are an insect species that belongs to the Diptera order, being about a quarter of an inch long with gray to black coloration. They are a pest that live pretty much everywhere people live, and they lay their eggs in garbage, rotting organic material and other types of waste. While at first, a house fly infestation may not seem like that big of a deal, due to their reproductive habits, flies can spread dangerous diseases. Luckily, there are some rapid and natural ways in which you can get rid of them.
There are several plants that can repel flies, and you can either grow them in your garden or place them in your home to keep the flies out. These plants include basil, marigold, lavender, bay leaves and catnip.
Dish soap and vinegar
You can create a solution using dish soap and vinegar that will trap flies. All you need to do is mix a few drops of dish soap with about an inch of apple cider vinegar in a tall glass. You then put a plastic wrap over the top of the glass and secure it with a rubber band. Poke some small holes and you have your fly trap. The flies will be attracted to the vinegar, but the dish soap will prevent them from flying out of the solution.
Water and cayenne pepper
A mixture of cayenne pepper and water can work as a fly repellent. Simply mix the two in a spray bottle, and then spray the solution around the home to keep the flies out.
You’ve probably heard of Venus flytraps. They are the carnivorous plants that feed on insects. If you place a few in your home, or in your garden in the right climate, they will do what they do best and eat any flies that come near them. In fact, indoors they might need some extra help finding flies, and you will have to feed them yourself every now and then.
If you have any other traps in mind, you can use natural baits to draw in the flies. These baits include sugar, honey, molasses, wine, fruit and meat.
While these methods can be effective at dealing with a small amount of flies, a large infestation is a different problem entirely for which you will need the help of a pest control professional. Contact us today if you are dealing with one of these infestations and we will gladly help you out.