Discover our precious and useful tips on how to keep flies away with various natural remedies and aromatic plants. A decidedly green system that is effective but harmless.
With the arrival of summer, our homes are inevitably invaded by insects of all kinds. Among the most unwelcome guests, flies and mosquitoes are certainly the most annoying.
But in nature there are plants that act as natural repellents against insects such as flies and gnats protecting our home safely and especially green. You can also use essential oils and other household products or devices to keep them away, without having to resort to chemical insecticides, which can be harmful to the health of the humus.
How to keep flies away naturally
If there is one thing unbearable in the summer is the invasion of flies in the house and on the balcony. Sprays, speakers, traps of all kinds… If you’ve tried everything, it’s time to try the green solutions too. Let’s see which natural remedies are the most effective.
Aromatic plants to keep flies away
Here are our 100% natural and ecological tips for getting rid of these pesky insects with plants and herbs.
- Basil. The anti-mosque plant par excellence is certainly the basil that, thanks to the oil contained in its leaves and the intense smell, is able to discourage the odious flies from entering the house. Keep a nice plant on the windowsill or on the window of your house and in addition to keeping away the insects you will also have an ingredient always fresh and ready to use in the kitchen, great for preparing your favorite recipes!
- Scented verbena. Among the aromatic herbs that bother flies we find the verbena odorosa also known as erba luigia, with antiparasitic properties even for animals.
The odorous verbena annoys flies and is an excellent pesticide for animals.
- Lavender. Another natural insecticide that keeps flies away from our homes is lavender. Always keep a jar on the terrace, and among other things has a pleasant and fresh scent.
- Geranium citronella. Also called odorous geranium, because it is its leaves that smell of lemon, is another plant very effective against flies and mosquitoes, which hate the smell. Put it on the window sills: in addition to preventing the entry of insects, it is very aesthetic.
- Roman mint. Also known as poleggio mint, it repels not only flies, but also fleas, mosquitoes and ants. The bees, on the contrary, go crazy about it. It’s a great way to promote pollination. Be careful not to cook it because it is toxic for man and animals.
- Lavender is liked (and very much) for its scent but is not appreciated by flies
Essential oils to keep flies away
Some essential oils have a very effective repellent action. They also work against bedbugs. This is the case with peppermint, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus and geranium.
To spread them, you can pour a few drops into your dispenser, or, if you don’t have any, into cups or bowls to be placed near a window.
You can also mix a few drops of essential oil with hot water to be sprayed at home with a spray.
Be careful to handle the essential oils because they can be irritating to the eyes and skin, and remember to ventilate the rooms after vaporizing them.
How to keep flies and mosquitoes away in a natural way
To get rid of these hateful insects, which ruin so many summer evenings, you can use some aromatic herbs and natural essences.
- Lemongrass. Lemongrass essential oil keeps flies and mosquitoes away. Use it in candles, torches, diffusers and sprays for home and garden. Also try to grow this plant, native to Southeast Asia, at home. It does not require special care.
- Geranium, fragrant. Its leaves, especially if touched, have a scent reminiscent of lemongrass and lemon. It rejects simultaneously flies and mosquitoes and it is very pleasant to have beautiful pink-fuchsia flowers.
- Essential oil of eucalyptus. A natural solution among the most effective against summer invasions of flies and mosquitoes. Just add a few drops in the diffuser or in the essence-burner to immediately appreciate the results.
- Basil. A classic for both flies and mosquitoes. Its perfume, however pleasant for us, is an excellent natural repellent. In a pot or in a dry bouquet, place it near doors and windows. It is really the plant to have on the windowsill, insect repellent, antibacterial, antiviral and edible.
Basil keeps flies and mosquitoes away both in pots and in a dry bouquet, place it near doors and windows
How to get flies away from your dog
Dogs, and to a lesser extent also cats, are attacked by various types of flies in summer. From the horsefly to the fruit fly, passing through parrots and floor flies, they find themselves infested by these insects, which are harmless in themselves, but which can transmit various diseases to our pets.
Some pests such as ticks and lice can also be removed with the same remedies used for flies.
Essential oils and vinegar are used in particular. Here are the most effective:
- Vinegar: white or cider (be careful, it can slightly color the white hair) as well as for black flies, is an excellent repulsive also for lice and fleas.
- Essential oil of tea tree: it has an incredible disinfectant and antibacterial power, relieves itching of stings and repels ticks, fleas and mosquitoes.
- Peppermint essential oil: which adds repulsive action also as against ticks
- Essential oil of lavender (or washbasin): keeps flies and ticks away.
- Essential oil of repulsive geranium for both flies and mosquitoes
- Cajeput. It is a special oil of oriental origin effective against flies. The cajeput is obtained from leaves and young branches of the cajeput Melaleuca.
- Neem oil. Neem oil also has an unpleasant smell to several insects including flies. Spread it in the environments you want to free.
Only pass the essential oil externally and always after diluting it. You can soak your friend’s collar, or pass it on the hair with a cloth dampened in the mixture of essential oil and water. Remember that it is toxic to cats.
To perfume it you can create groups of aromatic herbs such as elderberry, peppermint, Roman mint, but also mugwort and rue alternating with the classic pot of basil.
But here are other practical tips for staying outdoors without being attacked:
- Avoid perfumes and cosmetics with sweet aromas and excessively humid areas
- Wearing light clothes
- Check and close cracks and, if you are at lunch in open places, close after each use drinks and food containers.
How to keep flies away from the house
At home, the basic rule is to keep food leftovers clean and remove them immediately, as well as dishes that have not been washed after meals. Then you can also spread essential oils from the unwelcome scent to flies, but not also use household products that will be very effective, as well as safe and cheap.
- Black pepper. Black pepper can also be mixed with sugar and water, so as to form a compound to be spread on a strip of paper and then placed on the window sill.
- Pomander. Fixing a few cloves on a whole citrus fruit, such as a lemon, an orange or a mandarin, you will get a pomander with anti-mosk properties to hang with a ribbon at home, and on the Christmas tree.
- Potpourri scented. You can prepare a really fragrant potpourri, but also effective against flies. Use lavender flowers, cloves, a few grains of black pepper and lemon peel. Wet everything with drops of essential oil of lavender and eucalyptus and voila. In a few minutes you will get an insecticide that will keep flies and other insects away from your home in a natural way and without polluting the environment.
- Sodium bicarbonate. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 3 cups of hot water. Sprinkle this mixture on your doorstep and windowsills and keep flies and gnats away.
- White vinegar. The strong smell of vinegar repels flies (unlike cider vinegar, which attracts them). Spray a mixture of vinegar and 2-3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil outside your home on door and window jambs. You can also distribute cups full of white vinegar at home.
- Garlic. The smell of garlic repels most insects. To use its repellent powers correctly, prepare a decoction and place the bowl on the window sill. For the decoction, coarsely chop 5 cloves of garlic, put them in a saucepan and add 2.5 l of water. Bring to the boil and cook over low heat for 20 minutes, covered. Let cool without stirring for 1 hour, then filter.