Shoo Fly Spray

(and other ways to get rid of flies)

Picture this, you're sitting outside enjoying a beautiful, sunny day. The grill is going and you're watching the game on the TV outside. All seems great, until the unwanted guest arrives making your relaxing afternoon outside not so relaxing. Flies! Flies have come to the patio or porch in search of food to eat. They are landing on you, buzzing around your head, and even crawling around the tasty buffalo dip you made. This was my afternoon recently so I did some research to find an effective, yet safe for my family, way to rid our porch of flies. Here is what I discovered...

Apple Cider Vinegar and Dish Soap

This was the first natural remedy I tried to get rid of our unwanted fly guests. The idea was to attract the flies into a mason jar or plastic bottle that was covered with plastic wrap with small holes on top. I'm not a huge fan of using plastic wrap for anything so I tried using a plastic bottle, cut in half. I turned the top half upside down and put it inside the bottle, making a funnel. The overall idea is to have an opening for the flies to get into the bottle, but not be able to get out. You fill that bottle with 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of dish soap. the flies are attracted to the apple cider vinegar, but are unable to move because of the constancy of the soap-vinegar mixture. I set my bottle (see picture to the right) in various places around the porch for 2 hours and caught no flies. None!

Second attempt: Shoo Fly Spray (Lemongrass/Peppermint essential oil mixture)

Although we may like the smell of lemongrass and/or peppermint, flies and other insects aren't fans of the smell. I combined 10 drops of peppermint and 12 drops of lemongrass essential oil (I used Young Living's Purification because I didn't have just lemongrass) into a spray bottle and filled it with water. I then sprayed the entire perimeter of my porch with the Shoo Fly Spray. Flies before the spray were landing on us and the food at an aggravating rate. After the perimeter was sprayed, for 2 hours only 2 flies landed. I went around the outside of the perimeter later on in the day and used my fly swatter to insure that future visits didn't happen, but the barrier of the essential oil spray keep the flies at bay. Our afternoon was saved!

If you try either or both of the methods to repel or get rid of flies, reach out and let me know. . Feel free to reach out if you have another natural remedy, I'd love to hear from you!

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