In my relentless quest for a fly free home, I’ve been trying different natural solutions. The Fly Sphere I shared a couple of weeks ago works very well, but you do need light for it to be effective. I’ve tried making flypaper with golden syrup and sugar, and I have put pots of mint around the place as that is also a deterrent, but mint plants lose their scent and fly repelling qualities after a week or so.
Next, I bought a couple of fly traps from Bunnings that have some terrible smelling stuff inside. They do catch the flies but also have a strong smell; you have to keep them a fair distance from the house which is good for all the flies out there, but there are still plenty heading inside. After searching our archives, I found this recipe for a fly spray you can easily make at home with ingredients you probably have on hand.
Wendyl found this recipe on a horse website, she had this to say “it’s more of a repellent than a killer, but if you manage to get them really wet with it, which can require a good aim and a relaxed attitude towards getting it all over your windows, they’ll die. The tea is an excellent repellent for flies and can actually be used on your skin.”
DIY Fly Spray
1 tbsp meths
2 tsp washing-up liquid
2 tbsp Wendyl’s premium double strength white vinegar
150ml strong tea
Mix together and add filtered water to make one litre. Pour into a spray bottle and set it on a reasonably concentrated spray.