While there are thousands of species of fly, Musca Domestica is the kind most likely to bother you both inside and outside your home, as they may be found on every continent inhabited by humans, in climates ranging from arctic cold to tropical heat.
Few things beat sipping a cup of coffee outside in the morning sun or relaxing beneath the stars at night, but flies can ruin the experience.
Houseflies are active in North America from spring to fall, with the summer being the busiest season. Flies carry a vast variety of pathogens, including bacteria that cause anthrax, typhoid, stomach ulcers, cholera, dysentery, and tuberculosis, as well as less serious ailments, that they deposit everywhere they land, even on that good looking stake you’re about to cook in your outdoor barbecue.
Worrying about flies also involves worrying about maggots, the fly’s larval phase. After mating, a female housefly often lays more than 100 eggs, which hatch in an astoundingly short period of time. If the weather is warm enough, maggots can spawn in less than eight hours.
Fortunately, you may get rid of the flies that are wreaking havoc on your home without resorting to pesticides that could endanger your pets and family. There are specific ways to keep this pest at bay, allowing you to reclaim control of your yard, deck, and patio.
You’ll be able to end this problem and enjoy your outdoor spaces by using a combination of methods we’ll describe below, along with cleaning up the area and eliminating feeding and breeding sources.
Where To Look
Flies are constantly hunting for new areas to breed. Places that feed them with even the smallest amount of food are sufficient for them. There will undoubtedly be food traces on your porch or patio. Whether it is some spilled tea, cookie crumbles, sugary residue from juices, and sticky handprints of your children anywhere on the porch–there are various sources of food for flies on your porch.
Furthermore, because flies have a keen sense of odor, they will come from a long distance if you create a pleasant area for them.
What You Should Look For
Flies seek dirty places, particularly waste, to lay their eggs, and if your porch or patio is not fully cleaned every day, it is an open invitation to the flies. If you have dogs and they have a habit of littering near your porch, this may also attract flies. Flies will undoubtedly congregate in your yard or garden if there is any poo around.
We recommend cleaning up around your porch and yard before applying any products. Remove and seal any outdoor garbage cans, collect any pet waste, and cover any outdoor food. This can significantly reduce the number of flies in the area.
Now that you have completed the steps described above, we will provide you with natural ways to get rid of flies on your porch or patio. Here are some more effective options:
Citronella Infused Incense And Candles
In the evening, light citrus candles and set them on your windows or around the porch floorboard to keep flies away. What works best is citronella-infused incense, which keeps your porch smelling nice in the evening while also repelling flies.
Aside from that, citronella-infused tiki torches are a terrific method to keep flies away from your porch, especially during the summer, by brightening the environment and acting as a repellent.
Plant Some Lovely Herbs Around Your Doorstep
Planting herbs around your house is a great way to make your porch seem nice while also repelling flies. You can put them in a pot and hang them on your window bars, line them up on the porch floor, or hang them in glass bottles with gauge wire. Basil leaves, lavender, citronella grass, rosemary, and mint are both aromatic and repelling.
DIY Mango Wine Bottle Fly Trap
Even flies, it turns out, can’t resist the seductive influence of wine, they are lured to the perfume of the fruit inside the bottle. By adding a few slices of mango or other fruits as fly bait, you’ll be able to capture the flies within the bottle and send them to their doom.
Connect A Fan
These uninvited guests can’t fly well in strong gusts, so place an oscillating fan on an extension cord near your backyard grill, picnic table, or any other outdoor gathering spot. When flies sense a breeze, they will fly in the other direction.
Create A Flytrap
In a jar, dissolve ¼ cup of sugar in one cup of water. Roll a stiff piece of paper into a cone long enough to reach from the top of the jar to just above the liquid level, and cut the tip off. Tape the cone inside the jar, with the wide end filling the jar’s mouth and the tip of the cone directly above the sugar water. This paper cone will direct curious houseflies directly into the jar, making removal simple.
Swat On Them
It’s quick, effective, and weirdly pleasurable to swat dead flies. If you’re nervous about using a typical fly swatter, consider an electric one. With a loud zap, these gadgets, which resemble miniature tennis rackets, electrocute flying pests.
Tell Them Goodbye With Some Vodka
Flies despise the smell of this liquor, so fill a few tiny plastic sandwich bags halfway with it, zip the bags most of the way shut, and then hang the bags around your yard with twine or string and heavy-duty clothespins. It may sound strange, but it works.
Get Some Fly Strips
You’ve probably seen these before, long, thin strips with an adhesive on both sides. They are frequently orange or yellow. They are essentially fly traps, and the main disadvantage is that you can see the disgusting little flies becoming caught to the strips.
These professionally created strips are easy to get in most places, but they aren’t the best answer because you have to put them up about your party and the flies have to be drawn into them for it to work. They aren’t the best approach to get rid of flies, but they can be very effective in small areas and spaces.
Make Your Own Fly Strips
Instead of purchasing commercially available scented fly strips, make your own using essential oils that flies despise. Simply cut a piece of cloth into 12-inch-long, 1-inch-wide strips. Apply a few drops of any of the following essential oils to each strip: clove, lavender, lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary, or mint. Tie the strips about your patio on branches and railings, and let the aroma of the oil keep the flies away.
Apply Essential Oils
Essential oils are well-known for their nerve-soothing powers, therapeutic properties, and olfactory advantages. However, they are not as welcoming to flies and other insects. Flies can be efficiently repelled with essential oils.
Take a sprit bottle and fill it with two cups of water and 24 drops of essential oil. Peppermint, lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil are the best choices for an effective and aromatic bug repellant.
All you have to do is make sure that whenever you clean your porch, you spray the essential oil mixture you made. It will leave your porch clean and fresh with an antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal spray.
Use Warm Yellow Light Bulbs
Many flying insects, including houseflies, are phototactic. Their eyes have a particular mechanism that allows them to discern patterns in ultraviolet light, which is why they are drawn to white lights.
During the night, UV lights are known to attract swarms of flies and insects. If you have white lights on your porch or patio, you can replace them with warm orange or yellow lights, which will attract fewer flies. This is why flytraps feature UV lights, as flies are likely to be drawn in.
Flies are particularly active in warm weather and are known to frequent porch or patio areas in search of food and a place to lay eggs. Cleaning up after the flies is an important component of controlling the problem.
Before using any products, locate and clean up any feces, organic waste, or decaying food.
A mixture of fly baits, traps, and sprays can eliminate an infestation and allow you to enjoy your porch or patio without being bothered by them.
You can also keep flies away from your porch or patio, by using warm yellow bulbs for outdoor lighting, citronella candles, or essential oils as a natural fly repellent.