How to Get Rid of Flies

They buzz. They bug. They bite. They can turn a family dinner into a horror movie. House flies live everywhere people do, and they are difficult to avoid. House flies are not only irritating, they can also be harmful to your family’s health. They can spread diseases such as: E.coli, Typhoid fever, Cholera, and Dysentery.

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It’s important that you get rid of house flies as soon as you detect a problem. They lay eggs in feces, rotting food and garbage, so you’ll want to get rid of flies before they reproduce. Here’s the buzz when it comes to eliminating house flies from your house.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Flies

There are a few tried-and-true home remedies you can use to reduce the number of house flies in your home:

Soda Pop Bottle

Cut a plastic soda bottle about two-thirds of the way up. Then pour about two inches of a sweet liquid (such as sugar dissolved in water) into the bottle. Flip the top third over and balance it on top of the bottle so that the spout is inside facing the liquid. Flies will be enticed by the sweet liquid and will enter the bottle, however they will not be able to escape.

Vinegar and Dish Soap

Pour about an inch of apple cider vinegar and a bit of sugar into a shallow dish bowl. Add some fruit-scented dish soap. Flies will land on the liquid but the dish soap breaks the surface tension and the flies drown.

Online reviews of these methods say they’re effective at catching flies. The best part is, you probably have the ingredients and materials around your house right now and it won’t cost you a dime. If you’re missing anything you can buy them at your local hardware or grocery store for under five dollars.

Get Rid of Flies Outside

Taking action to get rid of flies outside your home will reduce the number of flies inside your home. Try these all-natural remedies:


There are plants you can place outside your home that naturally repels flies. Try basil, bay leaves, cat nips, lavender and marigolds, available at your local nursery for under $5. If you’re in the right climate you can try Venus fly traps. pitcher plants, or sundews that actually eat and digest flies. These are available for between $10 and $20.

Pepper spray

Flies hate cayenne pepper, so mix some with water and use a spray bottle to apply all around your house. Again, these methods are either free if you have the ingredients or under $5 if you need to go shopping.

How to Prevent Flies

Preventing flies means taking away the things they like to eat and where they like to lay their eggs. Take the following steps to get rid of flies in your home:

  • Eliminate food scraps from your kitchen and garage. Cover them in a sealed container for compost.
  • Clean your drains, as flies love the gunk that builds up in your drain pipes.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink or on the counters.
  • Disinfect your garbage cans, inside and outside.
  • Pick up and eliminate pet waste as soon as possible.
  • Turn off your outdoor lights at night.
  • Make sure windows, doors and screens are all sealed and that there are no holes in them.
  • Don’t allow grass clippings and leaves to accumulate and rot near your house.

What if you’ve tried everything and the buzzing doesn’t stop? Call a professional exterminator who has the knowledge and tools to find the places they breed and apply insecticide or traps to get rid of your house fly problem for good.

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