Home Remedies to Get Rid of Flies

Shoo Fly, Shoo!

Flies are exceptionally annoying, and it seems that no matter how quickly people close doors; flies sometimes make their way inside the house and garage. Even more mysteriously, flies seem to appear from nowhere, even when doors haven't been opened, and window screens are intact.

If pesky houseflies inundate your home or garage on a regular basis, and you're tired of swatting flies all day long, besides patching holes in screens, keeping your kitchen clean, and properly disposing of trash, there are home remedies you can try in an effort to get rid of flies that make their way into your house and garage. These home remedies are a good alternative to chemical sprays, traps, and store-bought flypaper; these home remedies are easy and inexpensive, and best of all, these home remedies work.

Homemade Flypaper

If you're tired of spending money on flypaper, consider making your own. Although flypaper isn't an attractive household accessory, this home remedy for catching flies is extremely effective, and it's very easy to make.

To make homemade flypaper you'll need a brown paper bag, scissors, string, and a shallow pan. You'll also need ½ cup of sweet maple syrup, two tablespoons of brown sugar, and two tablespoons of white sugar. Combine these ingredients in a shallow pan, and cut the brown paper bag into one-inch wide strips. Poke a hole in the top of each strip, and thread a string through each hole. Soak the strips in the sticky mixture for about eight hours. Remove the strips from the mixture, and after they stop dripping, hang them in areas where flies are a problem.

Bags of Water

One of the most effective home remedies to get rid of flies involves hanging clear plastic bags of water near outdoor entryways. This might sound like a ridiculous way to get rid of flies, but people who live on farms, and those who operate fruit stands use this home remedy to get rid of flies on a regular basis.

There is more than one theory behind this home remedy, and the first theory hinges on the natural instincts and the poor eyesight of flies. Clear bags of water are said to cast images that to a fly resemble spider webs, and flies steer clear of anything that resembles a web. The other theory claims the reflection of the water disorients flies, and this illusion is said to be an effective way to get rid of flies and greatly control their numbers. Whatever the reason, this home remedy is said to really work.

Simply fill gallon size bags of water about halfway full, and hang the bags outdoor areas where flies are a problem. Suspend the bags near entryways, garage doors, and anywhere else files seem to graze. According to this home remedy, you'll notice a great reduction in the fly population almost immediately.

Homemade Flytrap

If flies are a constant problem in and around your home, they can be coaxed into jars where they'll remain forever trapped. Simply place food that attracts flies in the bottom of a jar with a lid. Poke a couple of holes in the lid so the flies can enter the trap. After entering the jar, the flies won't be able to get back out. This home remedy to help get rid of flies is inexpensive, easy, and this simple homemade flytrap can be thrown away when you're ready to replace it with a new one.

  • Do you want to learn more about flies? Visit Insects.org for facts about flies and other insects.
  • Consider making your own flypaper in an effort to get rid of flies.
  • Hanging clear plastic bags of water near outdoor entryways is said to get rid of flies.
  • Flies can be coaxed into jars where they�ll remain forever trapped.
Flies can survive inside a home for several months, and outdoors flies usually live between one and two months.


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  • angela 6/24/2014Delete

    Flies are just gross!! I just want some remedies to kill them and get rid of this filth.Report Abuse

  • BGL 9/17/2013

    Well quite frankly, flies are very misunderstood creatures of God. You know, sometimes the best way to convince a fly to behave is simply to have a rational conversation with it. Violence is NOT the answer. Sitting down and calmly explaining how you FEEL to the fly is the most effective approach. Also allowing the fly some quality "time out" will also help you understand that the fly has needs too, and he is indeed a creature of God. Remember, fly swatters KILL flies, and flies are some of Gods most remarkable little creatures.Report Abuse

  • HotRod 9/10/2013

    Every time a fly lands it craps or regurgitates. So just remember they should all be killed ASAP.
    How is up to you:)Report Abuse

  • Lynn 9/5/2013

    I've tried the water in a baggie. For some reason, the directions I got said to put some pennies in the bag. It didn't work at all. During the past few days, I've had some big flies in the house. They are very loud and a huge nuisance. When I"m eating, I have to keep waving my hand over the plate to keep them away from my food. I leave my doors wide open so the dog can come and go as he pleases. I hate the filthy buggers.Report Abuse

  • JACKIE 8/19/2013

    I just want something very easy, and 100 per cent effective.

    Also, I dont want to attract another lot.

    Any more ideas?

    JackieReport Abuse

  • Margaret 8/18/2013

    The person who thinks flies are beautiful is really off their rocker. FLIES HAVE NO USEFUL PURPOSE wHATSOEVER. tHEY SPREAD DISEASE AND MAKE PEOPLE AND ANIMALS SICK.Report Abuse

  • crochetgirl53 8/16/2013

    I would really like to find some thing simple to rid my home of these nasty pests. I do use sticky pads, and some of the flies do land there. No matter what I try, just can't get the pests out of my house. I have tried several things, but haven't had much luck. Am open to any ideas that anyone has on this. Hope someone out there can help
    I will say Thanks to you all in advance.Report Abuse

  • keke 7/2/2013

    Boy some people and the thing that they say...people are really sick, all of the germs that these little peasant can spread...people with these weird comments should be swatted in a mental institution...GET SOME HELPReport Abuse

  • Sarah 6/27/2013

    Wait a minute.. Flies have rights so they shouldn't be killed, yet people should be executed?! What a MORONReport Abuse

  • Jeff 6/19/2013

    The person who thinks flies have rights and that people should be executed for swatting them is an idiot and they themself should be swatted. Your sick and you should be institutionalized!!!!!Report Abuse

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