Problems with Flies

Flies are common, unsanitary insects that spread germs wherever they land. When ingested on food, these pathogens can lead to illness. Some species of flies even bite humans, prompting the use of fly repellents to keep the pests away.

Common Types of Fly Repellents

Many people turn to chemical repellents to keep flies away from homes and lawns. Homeowners can apply some products directly to skin or clothing, while others are best to use in yard foggers. Read directions carefully, as some fly repellents can be harmful to people if used incorrectly.

Plants that Repel Flies

Other people turn to natural fly repellents to get rid of problem pests. Some suggest that vinegar can work for certain varieties of these insects. However, keep in mind that vinegar actually attracts other species, such as fruit flies.

Plants that repel flies are another natural alternative. Bay leaves, eucalyptus, lavender, and basil all have strong scents that some suggest may deter the pests.

Prevention Tactics

One of the easiest ways to repel flies is to eliminate the factors that attract them. To keep these pests out of the house, homeowners can:

  • Avoid leaving food or dirty dishes out for long periods of time.
  • Clean up litter boxes and pet droppings at regular intervals.
  • Prevent water from pooling in sinks or under appliances.
  • Seal window screen tears and shut doors when not in use.

The Best Fly Repellent

While some repellent products and plants can reduce the number of pests in the home or yard, getting rid of fly infestations may require expert removal. When flies become a nuisance, call Western Pest Services for courteous and professional assistance.