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Everyday Cheapskate: 7 Ways to Get Rid of Flies in the House

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Hanging sticky paper designed to attract and trap flies is an easy, passive option.

Flypaper, also known as fly tape, is coated with an attractant to lure the flies in, and with a sticky surface substance to trap them when they land. It also works well to help get rid of gnats. It's a very simple and effective method, but can become quite unattractive if not replaced often.

How to use Fly tape, or flypaper, is easy. Hang the roll in areas where flies congregate but do not hang directly above food preparation areas or dining areas. Replace the rolls frequently.


You can also make your own flytrap. All it takes is a plastic container, plastic wrap and fly bait (like fruit, vinegar or apple cider vinegar). Place the bait in the container, cover with plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band. Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap to allow entrance.

Set up the fly trap in a corner to attract and trap those pests. Once they fly in, they can't get out. Bingo! Dispose of them when you've won the battle. If the DIY route isn't your jam, shop for a flytrap to catch and kill flies. You'll find a number of options.



Some houseplants, especially certain herbs, are worthy fly fighters. Houseflies hate the scent of mint, lavender and basil. Set on windowsills, they do a great job of repelling flies. Another option is to add a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle full of water. Frequently spray or mist potential entry points, like door and window frames, frequently to keep flies away.


If the methods above fail to solve your fly problem, or are not options you wish to deal with, you may wish to resort to insecticides and repellents. Products containing permethrin are considered to be among the most effective and widely available for fly control. However, many sprays and foggers are designed for outdoor use, so if your problem is inside the home, take time to shop around for a safe and effective, non-toxic product.


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