17 Fast Acting Home Remedies for Flies that Effectively Repel Flies

Flies of all types are annoying at best, and a threat to your personal health at their worst. If your home has become plagued by any type of fly, you can use home remedies for flies to get rid of any type of fly quickly and effectively.

What Causes Flies?

Flies can be found nearly everywhere. Whether you are plagued by flies in house or outdoors, it is necessary to understand why they are choosing to accumulate near you. There are several factors that will determine if a fly will want to stay nearby but the environment is the deciding factor. If your home or outside of your home provides an ideal breeding and living environment there will be no question that flies will start to make their way to moving in with you.

An ideal environment for a fly includes

Access to a food source-Flies are attracted to any type of food that is left out on the counter, unsealed, or part of the garbage. Fecal matter will also attract flies.

Standing water- Standing water is a perfect breeding ground for flies. If you have any sort of standing water from plants, leaving water in the sink overnight, pet water bowls, or otherwise, they will seek out the stagnant water to lay their eggs and breed.

Lack of predators- A safe environment is always a best choice and if there are no natural predators, flies will thrive.

Places to rest- In house flies will rest on walls, ceilings, or floors throughout the day. Outside, flies will rest on plants, fencing, garbage cans or any other still surface. When nightfall arrives, flies will rest anywhere from five to fifteen feet above their food source.

Equally important you need to understand the life cycle of a fly. Flies have a life expectancy of about one month. During this time they will breed and reproduce as much as possible. After flies have had the opportunity to breed, they will search for an ideal place to lay their eggs. Larvae are laid as close to an ideal food source as possible so it is available when the larvae begin to hatch. Female flies can lay up to as many as five to six batches of anywhere from seventy-five to one hundred eggs in each batch.

In the right conditions, such as warm weather and humidity, fly larvae can hatch in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Once the larvae have hatched they will then be referred to as ‘maggots’. Maggots will take advantage of the food source they have hatched near or inside of and will consume as much of it as possible until they are ready to pupate. They will change from a grub like state into small flies with legs and wings appearing first. Within a day or so they will transform from the small, white larvae to small adult flies. The entire cycle from egg to larvae to pupate to adult fly lasts about ten days.

Adult flies have significant features and although there are several species, they share many of the same functioning features. Adult flies can be recognized by their grey color and length of approximately 4-7.5mm. They will also have thousands of small hairs, called ‘tarsi’, covering their body which act as their taste organs. Most importantly, the complex eye compound made up of individual lenses will allow for the fly to see a wide range and several angles of vision.

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The common house fly is only one of over 1 million species of fly. Due to the sheer number of these pests, they can be seen nearly everywhere. It is important to realize they are not just annoying to hear or be around, they also carry diseases which can affect humans. Whenever a fly lands on something, (garbage, fecal matter, toilets, etc…) their tarsi will pick up any bacteria or virus that is present on that surface. Flies will then transmit that bacteria or virus to the next surface they land on.

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How to Fight a Cold with Kitchen Remedies

Learn how to fight a cold using simple ingredients from your kitchen. You can prevent a cold from taking hold or get over a cold fast with these food-based remedies!

It’s that time of year, when every doorknob is full of viruses threatening to take you down with another miserable cold. You can help your immune system fight them off with some (or all!) of these easy home remedies for fighting colds

Since my eldest entered the public school system, cold season has begun in September and gone right through May. I’ve gotten a lot of practice fighting off colds!

We do what we can to prevent them — getting plenty of sleep, reducing stress when possible, drinking fluids, TONS of hand washing, and so on — and I’ve gotten more careful about including foods that give our immune systems the nutrients they need to function well.

(It takes some effort! Check out my post on the nutrients that support your immune system to find out what your diet might be missing.)

If, in spite of all your healthy habits you still feel that telltale tickle in the back of your throat, try some of these strategies to fight back before a cold can take hold. Here are the ways I’ve found most effective for keeping an oncoming cold at bay.

While there isn’t much hard scientific data to back up some of these cold-fighting remedies, folk wisdom often points us to methods that work. And while some popular remedies may not yet have been sufficiently studied to say definitively that they work, there isn’t scientific evidence to say they don’t, either.

Plus some research suggests that merely believing something will be effective can help us stay healthy!

1. How to Fight Off a Cold with Elderberries

Elderberries have been shown to combat flu, and lots of people swear by them for fending off illness. My family’s favorite ways to get elderberries are with elderberry tea and gummies. We also make these delicious elderberry overnight oats, which incorporate a lot of ingredients that help support immune function.

You can buy pre-made syrups, but you’ll save a lot of money making your own. Here are the elderberries we use. Elderflowers can also help stimulate the immune system and they taste divine.

Other herbs that can stimulate your immune system can be found in this post on immune-boosting herbs or try one of these herbal tea recipes to keep yourself well-hydrated and nourished.

2. How to Fight Off a Cold with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (known by its devoted fans as ACV) is pretty amazing stuff, good not only for fighting colds, but conditioning your hair, deodorizing, and a host of other uses. A probiotic-rich fermented liquid, ACV is thought to help fight off viruses pretty effectively.

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Some people drink it diluted in water. I like to use it in salad dressing or splash it into soups. Try to take a couple tablespoons in water per day a few times when you feel like you’re fighting something off. I use this brand of apple cider vinegar.

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3. How to Fight a Cold with Garlic

Not just great for repelling vampires, garlic’s great at scaring away viruses also. (As well as friends and family if you overdo it!)

If you can stand to eat it plain, go for it. I find it helps to crush it and drink it in some hot broth.

For cold-fighting purposes, don’t cook the garlic. Cooking will destroy some of the compounds thought effective in battling colds.

Crushing garlic and letting it sit 10 minutes before eating will increase them. Adding raw or cooked garlic to your meals regularly is a good idea, too. Here’s more on the impressive health benefits of garlic.

Garlic breath tip: Eat an apple! I found out after my last overdose of raw garlic that apples drastically reduce garlic odor, fast.

Note that people on blood thinners may need to be cautious about garlic. Discuss it with your doctor.

Grow your own endless supply of garlic with these simple instructions for how to grow garlic.

4. How to Fight a Cold with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains a compound called lauric acid, which its proponents say has potent antiviral qualities. Though there isn’t data to say whether or not coconut oil can ward off your cold, coconut oil devotees say it helps.

(Coconut oil may be effective for lots of other health issues, though — check out this extensive compilation of research.)

If you can stand it, you can eat a little spoonful of plain coconut oil. (Organic virgin coconut oil is pretty tasty if you like coconut. If you don’t, buy refined instead.)

If you don’t want it straight, stir some in your coffee, use it in baked goods, or stir fry with it.

You can also make some very tasty treats to help you enjoy getting a dose of coconut oil. Try these coconut oil mints or coconut oil fudge recipes from Meghan at Whole Natural Life.

I recommend buying products not packed in plastic whenever possible to avoid endocrine-disrupting chemicals that leach into our food. This is the brand I use.

5. How to Fight Off a Cold with Bone Broth

Bone broth is enjoying a vogue right now and is pretty magical-sounding stuff, containing compounds believed to help gut health, which as you probably know has a big impact on your immune system.

The minerals and compounds like glutamine in bone broth are thought to help reduce inflammation, which is not only helpful for fighting colds, it can also improve arthritis and may benefit allergy sufferers.

Bone broth also has its skeptics, who think it’s been over-hyped.

Note that most commercially-prepared stocks don’t have the same compounds and can contain other ingredients like MSG that may actually harm health rather than support it. Read labels carefully so you know what you’re getting.

Chicken broth, a beloved and proven cold remedy, still has its place, just don’t conflate it with bone broth.

You can buy bone broth, but it’s pretty expensive, and it’s really easy to make your own. Just save the bones from the meats you use, add some vegetables, and simmer.

You can save up bones in the freezer if you need to, but a whole roast chicken should provide you with plenty for a nice batch of broth. I follow these instructions for homemade bone broth from Sarah at Nature’s Nurture and make multiple batches in my slow cooker as she did.

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I recommend using a Vitaclay or Instant Pot so you avoid non-stick coatings or ceramic coatings that may contain lead. (You can also contact the company if you’re looking for a ceramic crock pot, or test your own with a home lead test, though I’m not confident about the accuracy of such tests for intact surfaces containing lower concentrations than the test is calibrated for. More details here.)

Use organic ingredients and filtered water and store your broth in glass rather than plastic, so you’re not assaulting your already-strained system with plasticizing chemicals. Here’s how to choose an effective water filter.

6. Fight a Cold with Ginger

Ginger is considered a top choice for fighting off colds and relieving cold symptoms. Try a delicious cup of ginger tea the next time you’re feeling a little under the weather, and you might be surprised how much better it makes you feel. Or add a bunch on ginger along with your garlic to a steaming cup of bone broth. Take that, viruses!

7. Fight a Cold with Mushrooms

Many varieties of mushroom have antiviral effects, including the widely-available shitake. Other mushrooms worth checking out include maitake, cordecyps, and enoki.

Andrew Weil has more interesting and useful information on mushrooms here. (where to buy)

Try these immune-boosting recipes to help fight off colds!

♦ Garlic Soup from Fresh Bites or Mushroom garlic soup from Garlic Matters — yum!

♦ Here’s a great recipe from The Herbal Spoon for a tasty and immune-boosting popsicle that includes probiotics, coconut and some immune-supporting herbals.

♦ Some folks tougher than me whip up some spicy fire cider reputed to be pretty effective at stopping colds in their tracks. Definitely worth trying!

If you do come down with a cold, try some of these get-better-quickly remedies:

Homemade Honey Lemon Cough Drops from Fit as a Mama Bear

♦ Cinnamon Honey Remedy from The Pistachio Project

Super Tonic Cold Remedy from Healthy Christian Home

♦ Cough and Cold Chest Salve from Learning and Yearning

You can also try dosing yourself with some refreshing spruce tea or an infusion of elderflowers.

How do you fight off colds? What natural remedies for colds do you turn to when you feel one coming on?

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Disclaimer: I’m a healthy food enthusiast, not a medical professional. Content on this website is intended for informational purposes only and is not meant to provide personalized medical advice. I draw on numerous health sources, some of which are linked above. Please consult them for more information and a licensed professional for personalized recommendations.

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Fighting flies with folk remedies

The wonderful Theresa from Minneapolis, MN has been helping pet owners and their beloved pets around the world on Earth Clinic since 2013.

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