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DIY Fly Control

If you’re having problems with more flies than you can swat at, in your business premises or home, then you’ll realistically need professional fly control treatment to guarantee a long-term solution to your fly problem. As flies are not only nuisances but a health risk, carrying pathogens such as E.coli and Salmonella. Our BPCA (British Pest Control Association) certified and experienced Rentokil pest control experts adhere to the ERDM approach to ensure long term protection:

  • Exclusion – prevent flies entering by proofing doors, windows, roof vents etc…
  • Restriction – Routine good housekeeping practices to remove potential fly breeding areas
  • Destruction – Correct identification of specific fly species so the most appropriate and effective fly control treatment can be implemented
  • Monitoring – regular inspections so any issues can be treated swiftly before they become an issue

How to Get Rid of House Flies

There are some practical, cost-free changes you can make yourself to help deter house flies if you have a small issue in your home. This may be as simple as doing some thorough deep-cleaning to areas where house flies are breeding to remove the opportunity for them to lay eggs.

Common house flies are attracted by decaying organic waste such as rotting foods, meat and faeces. Fruit flies will look for sugary substances and feed commonly on overripe fruit, spilled soft drinks and alcohol. Drain flies seek organic materials in moist, warm areas to lay their eggs. Keeping your property and drains clean and dry as possible, storing food appropriately and making sure rubbish is securely sealed in bins are essential elements in helping to get rid of flies, by removing opportunities for them to lay eggs and feed.

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Getting Rid of Flies

If you’re being pestered by a few irritating flies around the home there are some DIY products to get rid of flies you can use from knockdown fly sprays to sticky fly papers and fly killer sticks. There are also homemade remedies, old wives tales and DIY fly traps you can make with common household items, that may offer ways to try and combat flies, however their effectiveness varies.

Homemade Fly Traps

There are two basic homemade fly traps you can attempt, with variations on liquid content you can test to see which is most effective for your fly problem.

DIY Plastic bottle fly trap:

Fruit flies and wasps will be attracted to the sweet liquid inside the trap, but once in the bottle will be unable to get out. For houseflies you're likely to need a more rotting, putrid smell to attract them.

  1. Clean out an empty plastic drinks bottle.
  2. Cut off the top third of the bottle, and pour sugar water (or another sweet substance) in the bottom third.
  3. Turn the top section of bottle upside down and place in the larger section, taping the two sections together.
  4. Flies will be attracted to the smell of the liquid but once in the bottle will be unable to get out.

DIY Washing up liquid trap:

The sweet substances attract the flies, fruit flies in particular and the washing up liquid breaks the surface tension of the solution so the flies are unable to escape and drown.

  1. Use a shallow dish or bowl.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar and sugar, or wine, or honey and add some washing up liquid.
  3. Cover in plastic wrap and poke a few holes in it so flies can enter.

Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Flies

Repelling or deterring common house flies, bluebottles, fruit flies etc... from entering your property can be difficult, particularly in the height of summer when doors and windows are often kept open to allow air to flow.  There are a few home remedies or ‘old wives tales’ of natural ways in which to deter these flies.

Plastic Water Bags to Repel Flies

The saying goes that if you fill clear plastic bags with water and hang them at entrance points this will stop flies entering your property. The reasoning given in this myth is that, due to the structure of the flies eyes, the water bags resemble a spider’s web which they see as a danger and will avoid. The myth also says that the reflection from the water disorientates the flies. There is however, no supporting evidence for this myth actually working. 

Cloves in lemons to deter house flies – take some lemons and half them, then poke approximately 12 cloves into each lemon half and locate in fly infested areas. Alternatively place cloves in a small muslin bag and hang in fly infected area.

Eucalyptus essential oil to repel flies - put several drops of Eucalyptus essential oil on ribbons or strips of cloth and hang them near doors or windows.

With both the above the old wives tale is that flies, house flies in particular do not like the scent of cloves, eucalyptus or even lemon and placing the scent around entrances will simply deter them. However, the smell will dissipate quite quickly so the benefit is likely to be minimal. Placing a fine net curtain over the opening is likely to be more effective.

Camphor is said to repel flies – this dry, waxy white substance is derived from the wood of the Camphor Laurel tree. It It's available in tablets and can be used as a solid tablet or diluted in water, and according to folklore it can deter flies as it’s said they do not like the strong odour. It is more widely used as a repellent for clothes moths, particularly in confined spaces (such as wardrobes and draws) but in a larger area the scent will disperse quickly like the cloves and eucalyptus and is unlikely to be effective for long.

Herbs and Plants to Repel Flies Outside

There are said to be several garden plants and herbs whose fragrance will according to folklore deter or repel flies. Grow these in your garden, or pots on window sills or use dried leaves in muslin bags to hang in entrances and windows:

Basil, Lavender, Bay Leaf, Mint, Marigolds and Nasturtiums

Historically Marigold has been grown in green houses to deter aphids and Onions to mask the scent and discourage carrot fly. However pleasant the scent produced by these plants, the reality is that a fly-screen would be more beneficial at deterring flies in the long-term.

Plants that help to repel flies

How Rentokil Get Rid of Flies

Homemade fly traps, natural home remedies and DIY fly control products can help to alleviate minor annoyances with flies. If however, flies become a constant and persistent nuisance, you’ll need the expertise and knowledge of professional pest controllers to effectively eradicate the fly infestation.

Once a survey of your premises is completed we will recommend a fly control treatment program that is tailored to your specific fly issues that will provide long-term effective protection against flies. Our fly control service includes:

  • Elimination of adult flies and the removal of any breeding sites, which could create more problems in the future.
  • Correct identification of fly species.
  • All our technicians are BPCA certified to guarantee expertise in the field of fly control.
  • We have a range of effective fly control solutions, including Rentokil fly box and electric fly killers.
  • We provide expert advice on how to prevent future fly infestations.
  • We offer a free survey of Business premises to identify specific fly problems.

Call us on 0808 159 6975 to discuss how to get rid of flies quickly and efficiently.

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