If annoying houseflies are ruining your fun and you do not want to use toxic sprays around your home, here are some all-natural ideas for getting rid of them.
1. Apple cider vinegar
There are so many reasons to keep a bottle of apple cider vinegar handy in your home. Here is one more. Flies are attracted to the smell of apple cider vinegar. Therefore, you can create an easy and efficient flytrap with apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.
Place one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar in a cup or jar. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap. Next, partially block the entrance to the cup with a piece of plastic wrap poked with several small holes.
Place the cup in an area you have a fly problem and leave it there for at least 24 hours. Create and place as many traps as needed.
Flies will be attracted to the smell of vinegar and enter the cup through the holes in the wrap. However, they will not be able to figure out a way to escape. The dish soap causes the surface tension to break, causing the flies to sink into the liquid and drown.
Here is a mess-free remedy that can help throughout your home. Flies dislike the smell of cloves. To keep flies away, place small bowls of dried cloves in rooms throughout your home. Another option is to stick cloves into an apple as as a natural fly repellent.
Replenish the cloves when the scent fades.
Flies dislike the smell of basil and avoid areas where basil is present. Try placing some basil plants in sunny windowsills in your home. Place plants also near doorways and eating areas of your home.
To keep the scent of your plant strong, be sure to water it at its roots, and not on its leaves.