Houseflies are the bane of our existence.
They say the average lifespan of a fly is 15-30 days. We’re convinced every fly that enters the home lives at least twice that!
The problem is they aren’t just a nuisance, though. They can, eep, carry diseases ranging from TB to cholera, but with kids and animals, we don’t want to set out fly strips or use harsh chemicals, right?
Luckily, there are a couple of very simple and natural ways to combat this pest that are inexpensive and more importantly, effective.
If you have kiddos, you do a lot of cooking and one thing that works nicely and smells divine is little potted basil plant. This little handy herb can aid in deterring flies, not to mention, it’s delicious. Simply place a potted basil plant near a doorway or on a windowsill and voila! Mr. Fly will think twice about entering your home. If you don’t have fresh basil on hand, you can also place dried basil in a muslin pouch, rubbing it periodically to release the scent. The bonus is you will always have basil on hand for pizza night!
Another great weapon in the fly arsenal is vinegar. Vinegar is popular for cooking and cleaning, so it’s usually quite handy. Plus, it’s super inexpensive! You can make a fly trap using an old jar with a lid and cider vinegar. Simply fill the jar halfway with the vinegar, punch some holds in the lid of the jar making sure they are large enough for the fly to crawl into, but not out of, and place the lid back on the jar. Place the vinegar jar near a doorway or window, where flies normally congregate, and they’ll be attracted to the smell of the vinegar, and once they crawl in the jar they can’t get out! Take that, pesky ol’ flies!
May your home be fly-free this Fall!
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