How to get rid of flies in the villa

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Landing on the food at your backyard barbecue. Buzzing around your face as you do yard work. Zipping through your front door as soon as you open it. They are Musca domestica, the common housefly.

While there are thousands of species of flies, Musca domestica is the variety most likely to bug you both inside and outside of your home, found as they are on every continent inhabited by humans, in climates from the arctic cold to the tropical heat.

In North America, houseflies tend to be active from spring through fall, generally reaching peak activity during the summer. Beyond being a nuisance, flies carry a wide variety of germs (such as the bacteria that cause anthrax, typhoid, stomach ulcers, cholera, dysentery, and tuberculosis, as well as less serious illnesses), which they deposit wherever they land—including that hamburger you’re about to bite into.


Worrying about flies also means worrying about maggots, the larval form of the fly. A female housefly generally lays more than 100 eggs after mating, and the eggs hatch astonishingly quickly. Maggots spawn in less than eight hours if the weather is warm enough.

Fortunately, you can get rid of the flies that plague your property, and you can do so without using poisons that could put your pets and family at risk.

Follow these steps to banish this summertime scourge so you can enjoy the season (largely) fly free.

6 Ways to Get Rid of Flies Outside

To drive flies out of your yard:

  1. Plug in a fan. These uninvited insects can’t fly well in strong breezes, so set up an oscillating fan on an extension cord near your backyard grill, picnic table, or any other area where you congregate outside. When flies feel the gust, they’ll head in the opposite direction.
  2. Make a flytrap. Dissolve ¼ cup of sugar in one cup of water in a jar. Roll a stiff piece of paper into a cone long enough to reach from the top of the jar to just above the level of the liquid, and snip off the tip. Tape the cone inside the jar with the wide end filling the jar’s mouth and the cone’s tip right above the sugar water. This paper cone will funnel curious houseflies right into the jar, making removal a cinch.
  3. Light a candle. Citronella, a highly aromatic oil distilled from several varieties of lemongrass, repels both flies and mosquitoes. Light a few of these fragrant candles and set them on your picnic table, porch, or grill area; the strong scent serves as a “not welcome” sign to winged nuisances.
  4. Swat them. It’s immediate, effective, and strangely satisfying to swat flies dead. If you’re squeamish about doing the deed with a traditional flyswatter, try an electric one. These devices (most resemble small tennis rackets) electrocute flying bugs with a loud zap.
  5. Say vamoose with vodka. Flies hate the smell of this liquor, so fill a few small plastic sandwich bags halfway with the cheap stuff, zip the bags most of the way shut, and then use twine or string and some heavy-duty clothespins to hang the bags around your yard. Sounds crazy, but it really can help.
  6. DIY some fly strips. Instead of buying commercial scented fly strips to deter the pests, make your own with the essential oils that flies hate. Simply cut a piece of cloth into strips 12 inches long and one inch wide. Moisten each strip with several drops of any of the following: clove, lavender, lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary or mint. Tie the strips on branches and the railings around your patio, and let the scent of the oil get rid of the flies outside.

6 Ways to Prevent Flies from Returning

Once you’ve given pests the heave-ho, discourage their re-entry of flies and maggots with these smart strategies:

  1. Keep it clean. Flies love open garbage pails, uncovered compost bins, and dog droppings. So tidy up after outdoor parties and keep a tight lid on trash cans and compost. If the family pooch does his business in the yard, clean up after him immediately.
  2. Let spiders have at ‘em. Unless spider webs stretch across an area you’ll walk through or reach into, leave them be. Hungry arachnids will devour any flies they can snare.
  3. Plant fly-repelling herbs. Surround your patio or barbecue with the potted herbs that flies hate. That includes basil, lavender, and mint.
  4. Watch out for water. Don’t let pools of water sit stagnant around your yard. Flies need to drink water and so are drawn to puddles, birdbaths, and soggy patches caused by dripping sprinklers.
  5. Clean fruit birdfeeders. It’s fun to watch backyard birds feeding on fruit, but flies are bound to be unwelcome guests at the party. Toss the rinds as soon as your feathered friends finish their feast.
  6. Mow regularly. Flies often lay eggs in long grass, which offers them moisture and protection. Mow your lawn weekly during the peak summer season to stave off an infestation.

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As warm weather sweeps in, so does an annual nuisance—houseflies. The small, black, buzzy critters that land on your food, pester the dog, and create incessant irritation may seem harmless, but they’re capable of carrying pathogens and disease. You certainly want to avoid an infestation! While there is no one way to get rid of flies in the house, a multipronged approach can keep them at bay. Prevent a few lingering pests from growing into a bigger problem by following these five strategies.

1. Seal the Entrance
It may seem obvious, but if you don’t want flies in the house, don’t let them in. With a busy household of visitors, kids, and pets coming and going, that’s sometimes more easily said than done. But do what you can: Make sure you have screens on your windows and doors, and repair any mesh that has been damaged enough to make a fly-sized entrance. It doesn’t take much!

2. Remove the Bait
If you want to get rid of flies indoors, as with all other pests, you should do your best to remove or minimize the stuff that attracts them. Food is at the top of that list. Don’t leave any out, especially if it’s uncovered. More than that, remember to keep countertops clean of crumbs, wash dishes soon after meals rather than leaving them in the sink, and keep the door to the dishwasher closed when it’s waiting to be run.

Beyond your food, however, you’ll also want to be mindful of compost, garbage, and pet food. These are also attractive to flies and can quickly become breeding grounds. To prevent a few flies from turning into a colony, take any compost materials outside immediately. Keep the garbage covered, and carry it out regularly. Finally, cover or clean Fluffy’s bowls completely between meals—particularly if you stock up on wet food varieties.


3. Lure Them Out
If you’re suffering a large swarm of flies in the house, save yourself the cardio of whipping your flyswatter about and first see if you can get the majority of them to leave willingly. Insects are attracted to light, so start by darkening the room they’re in. Shut the blinds and drapes, and leave a small opening at the door. A number of your pesky houseguests will probably buzz toward the light and find their way out, leaving you with a smaller crowd.

4. Call In the Swat Team
Once you’ve worked through your prevention tactics, take down the flies that remain with the usual suspects: a good old-fashioned flyswatter or a rolled-up newspaper. Because a fly has almost 360-degree vision, it’s best to approach from behind and hover just above before making a final decisive and deadly flick. Pink flyswatters are certainly pretty for hanging up when the job’s done, but neutral colors are less obvious and better for stealth. To aid your efforts, you can also hang good old-fashioned flypaper (like this). If you’re lucky, bugs may land on the paper while trying to escape your swipes.

If you have good eyesight and reflexes, you can vacuum them right out of the air mid-flight, but it’s easier to hover a few inches in front of them for 10 to 20 seconds (just as you would with a swatter) and then swoop in to nab them. Attempt this method only if your vacuum has a bag, and dispose of it immediately so they don’t find their way back out and into your home.

5. Prevent Return Visits
Flies don’t care for smoke, so burning a few citronella candles while you’re outdoors can discourage them. Indoors, use plants and essentials oils with odors that repel critters. Mint, lavender, and basil are all worthy houseplants to place in your windowsill. And a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle full of water can be a first defense if sprayed around the frames of doors and windows, though you’ll need to reapply often.

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At our villa in Praia del Rey, we seem to be having a problem with flys/insects. apparantly the resort has been sprayed but the problem still exists, which is annoying to our rental clints.
Has anyone any experience of `electronic fly zappers`and whether they are effective or not? Would putting up fly screens be a help, or are the any other measures that may help?
I am being told by a local, that the outbreak is due to the changeable weather over the last couple of weeks, is this the case or a problem likely to persist during the summer or occur particlularly at this time of year?

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Hi there. Sorry you have this problem but don’t we all! You do need fly screens up in every room, even on the balcony doors ,they really help. Put up one of those shingle-shangle beeded curtain thingies, they have in butcher’s shops, on the main front door. Those tiny plug-in anti- mozzy things are good for bed-rooms. Some n’bours of ours here in Turkey have one of those electrical insect killing machines and unfortunately the machine sounds, looks and smells really weird and cruel. I’d rather see the insects than have that frying, grilling and popping all the the time.
We have to get our own individual house sprayed twice a year, Spring and Autumn. There is a local company dealing in agricultural products who also do this house and garden spraying. This helps with cockroaches, a variety of other creepy crawlies and even moths. Plant lots of oleanders and lavender around the house.
You can get those discs for kitchens and bathrooms etc but they are only effective for very mild cases. In these warm climates it’s an on-going prob but it does ease up during the winter.

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I have a meeting this week with someone who specilaises in anti-bug devices. The device I am looking at works by attracting mosquitoes and moths (our family are the favourite food of mosquitoes it seems), but I have no idea (a) if it is what I want and (b) if it will work where I want it to. I am told the product I am interested in will cover an area of 1,000m2.
As yet, I have no more info but you can have a look at and see some information. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for IMHO.
I have also bought a small ultrasonic thing for the kids bedroom, as I don’t like the chemical mosquitoe killers in bedrooms. So far so good, but it only covers a small area (20m2).

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Hi Richard sounds very interesting. Let us know what you discover.

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Thanks for all that, I`ve looked on the Artigrass website and it looks quite interesting. I`d be obliged if you let me know what you think of the products.

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Richard, how did you get on with your meeting with Artigrass?, I did e-mail them , but got no reply.
One of our rentals has suggested that as our villa is painted Orange and has a lot of wood, including decking, that this may be attracting an abnormal amount of flies, any views on this anyone?
Looks like the fly screens may be the best solution at the moment as rentals say with the doors shut the villa is getting incredibly hot, but it seems as though the supplier is shut through August which doesn`t help.

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Insect update:
I bought a big bag trap for flies. It is horribly efficient, and has caught literally hundreds of flies in a couple of weeks. I am going to buy some more. The only downside is that they smell a little bit, so they can not be too close to the house. Highly recommended, and cheap. They will get rid of flies, and quickly too.
I do not profess to being a bug expert, but I would be amazed if an Orange villa is more attracttive to flies!
I also bought a mozzie trap (Black Hoe), which catches moths and mozzies quite well. More expensive, but since we bought it (touch wood) no-one has been bitten when we have been outside.
Try and call John directly, his number is on the site, very helpful.

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Would you mind sharing how much these things cost and how long they last for?

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Bug bag was €15 and lasts until the thing fills up with dead flies (yes I am serious). I would say ours will last a month at most.
The mozzie killer was expensive, from memory 170 euros (but try and buy a decent one here) and it seems to work very well. This should last a long time, and John from Artigrass can supply any spares needed so I am happy with that.

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How have you got on with the Big Bag Fly Trap and the Black Hole mosquito eliminator since you got them?

Mosquitos seemed to have reduced in number (but wait till the rains I guess) but we’re plagued by flies at the moment.

Anyone tried home-made fly traps (jam/beer/etc in water in jam jar with hole in lid)? Have Portuguese flies sussed these pathetic attempts at traps?

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Fly traps are a definite thumbs up, albeit a bit gross once they fill up. The Mossie killer certainly catches bugs, but not so many mossies. that said, I have not been bitten at all, co maybe they are a but thin on the ground so far.
I would recommend the fly bags without a doubt.

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Can you buy the fly bags at Leroy Merlin?

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No. you have to get them from John .
He will post to you if you want

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Last week the flies and the mozzies were unbearable in VdT so I am definitely going to check out John’s website. Thanks Richard for your valuable input.

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Last week a mosquito/fly problem, this week none. Wiped out by the Autumn chill already upon us here on the Silver Coast.

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Last week a mosquito/fly problem, this week none. Wiped out by the Autumn chill already upon us here on the Silver Coast.

Crikey – I wish

Here in the Eastern Algarve the flies are out in force. Had some sardines on the BBQ for lunch today “chez nous” (don’t know the Portuguese for that!) and d />

Fortunately, there were “so many” minus about 20 by the time we’d finished

I’m placing an order for the Bug Bags!


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Hi There if any of you do need flyscreens or a quote please pm me i will send our web site details and we do cover most areas denny

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Here are a couple of natural tips that don´t cost a fortune,

For a BBQ place a bowl filled with apple cider vinegar near some food but away from you. By the evenings end, most of your uninvited guests will be floating in the bowl.

If you are getting ants or other insects in your home. Pour full strength white distilled vinegar around your windows and patio doors, for some reason insects won´t cross it.

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Whats a rental clint?

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Last week a mosquito/fly problem, this week none. Wiped out by the Autumn chill already upon us here on the Silver Coast.

Autumn Chill. Where are you Nimitza, we are in Coimbra and the lowest temperature recorded here this July/August has been 18c at night.

Last edited by wrebwen on Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:49 pm; edited 1 time in total

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Last week a mosquito/fly problem, this week none. Wiped out by the Autumn chill already upon us here on the Silver Coast.

Autumn Chill. Where are you Nimitza, we are in Coimbra and the lowest temperature recorded her this July/August has been 18c at night.

The original post was toward the end of September last year.

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Thanks for the clarification Nimitza, I sometimes don’t know what day it is but, I was pretty certain it was still August.

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Can I just add that our shop sells all kinds of devices for all kinds of insects and pests.
All chemical and poison free, completely safe.
We sell fly traps at €10, bigger mossie traps, wasp traps, zappers of all kinds, and the most popular devices at the moment are the ultrasonic ones that keep insects away completely.

We also do the usual citronella products (wrist bands, torch oil, candles).
The website doesn’t have too much on but we have a whole catalogue of products.

Our products are on the cheaper side too.

We also do mosquito canopies of all shapes and sizes and window mesh. In fact most things you can think of to get rid of flies, mosquitoes and pests.

Oh and we also sell the Avon stuff too that gets rid of them! And the new device that stops annoying dog barking.

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we bought a free standing uplight with a halogen bulb as we needed more light in our living room in the last winter just cost 10 euros in the sale

however we have found this summer that in the evenings it attracts insects then due to the halogen bulb frys them up , as it is a uplighter the woc shaped base then becomes a natural collection tray, is a bit smelly but we are mosca free so far this summer.

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Ahh well, maybe someone will need the info some time in the future!

Ireland swarmed by DISEASE-R >Experts warn that the flies are spreading salmonella and vomiting bugs – so it is a top priority to get rid of them

  • 16:32, 9 JUL 2015

Ireland is being infested by swarms of disease-ridden flies spreading salmonella and vomiting bugs, experts have warned.

Pest control company Rentokil urged people to beware of a 50% hike in the number heading our way because of the warm weather.

The disgusting pests are even being blamed for spreading food poisoning and vomiting bugs.

Flies can’t eat solid food so they have to vomit on it to soften it before they suck it back up again, sometimes defecating at the same time.

Rentokil technical field consultant Richard Faulkner said: “Flies can be a common cause of food poisoning, particularly salmonella, and as such they create a real health risk.

“A continued rise in the fly population could lead to a greater incidence of fly-borne disease, such as stomach upset and diarrhoea.

“Campylobacter, a nasty bacteria, is a common cause of diarrhoea in Ireland. Flies are thought to transmit the bacteria, by carrying small quantities of contaminated material on their bodies or by regurgitating or defecating on to food.”

But Rentokil have some top tips on how to prevent flies spreading their diseases in your home.

  • keep kitchen doors closed
  • ensure bins are covered
  • keep windows and doors closed at night to block out light, and
  • Clean up food and drink spillages as quickly as possible.

Mr Faulkner added: “If a small fly problem is left uncontrolled, it has the potential to turn into a serious infestation.”

HOW TO GET R > &nbsp4583 July 6, 2018 April 26, 2019 Nicholas Martin

Once the weather starts to warm up in spring and the first snow begins to thaw, there appear the flies — one of the most annoying insects of all. And the first thing you may think of is how to get rid of flies.

Then you ask yourself, where do they come from right after the winter’s cold? Why are house flies constantly trying to get into our homes? Why do they start biting at the end of the summer? Are they dangerous for a human?

So many questions are raised about these insects, notorious for being such a huge nuisance, that the expression “the fly in the ointment” appeared. So why are they so annoying, why do they keep pestering us and how to get rid of flies? To answer these questions, we need to learn more about them, what they prefer and how they live.

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What Are Flies?

Flies are arthropods from the order Diptera. We know them, especially about the house flies, since the dawn of time, and they get their name from being the most widely spread flying insects on earth, found everywhere humans are.

How Do They Look?

House flies bodies are gray, ranging in size from 0.08 inches to an inch, and consisting of head, thorax, and abdomen. Their wings are membranous and transparent. On the end of their three pairs of jointed legs are feet equipped with sharp claws and sticky pads. This allows flies to walk and climb on any surface, including ceilings and smooth vertical walls and glass.

The most unique thing about the house flies is their eyes. They occupy most of the head and consist of several thousand hexagonal lenses (also called ommatidia) that give them 360° field of view and allow to distinguish colors.

Interesting fact: each of the eye’s lenses performs independently and sees its own part of the surroundings. These lenses are also able to process 300 frames per second (a human eye can only see 24 frames per second).

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Where Are Flies Outdoors Found?

Flies outdoors can be found across all the continents except Antarctica. The oldest known fly, which lived 145 million years ago, has been discovered in China. This discovery indicates that these insects have existed on Earth for a very long time. They prefer to settle in close proximity to humans.

Gray (or house) fly is rarely found in the wild, preferring to live next to the humans and causing house flies infestation. They feed on our foodstuffs and waste, and cause us a lot of harm instead.

House flies do not travel long distances and live no more than 300 ft away from their birthplace.

Flies outdoors love the warmth and prefer temperatures of 70°F and above, with no more than 80% humidity. When temperatures fall below this point, flies hibernate until it’s warm again. They can spend 5 to 6 months like this. That’s why once the weather starts to warm up in spring, or sometimes even during winter with the heating switched on indoors, it is possible to see living flies outdoors.

Their eggs cannot survive temperatures below 45°F, while adults perish at sub-zero temperatures.

Interesting fact: flies are only active during daytime. They can’t see at night, so they rest.

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How Long Do House Flies Live?

The lifespan of a fly is very short. They can live for up to 2 months under favorable conditions and the absence of predators. However, the average lifespan of house flies is 10-20 days. These insects’ natural enemies are birds and insectivorous animals, spiders and their webs, as well as humans armed with a rolled newspaper or a fly swatter.

How Do Flies Breed?

House flies are ready to breed mere 2-3 days after their birth. Then, they proceed to lay about 150 eggs at a time in spoiled or leftover food, garbage, and organic waste. Over its short lifespan, a fly can lay up to 3 thousand eggs. The eggs are tiny and invisible to the naked eye, but they gestate rapidly. It takes a day for larvae to emerge. Commonly known as maggots, they will increase their size by up to 800 times in a week.

Interesting fact: in cold weather, maggots do not pupate and stop their development. That’s why fishers keep maggots in a fridge, where they can be stored for 6 months.

The maggot pupates and in a week transforms into an adult fly. All stages of development from egg to an adult take 12-14 days.

Interesting fact: an adult fly doesn’t grow in size throughout its short lifetime.

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It crawls for the first 2-3 days of its life, waiting for its wings to grow stronger. At this point, the fly is ready to reproduce. Their reproductive capabilities are alarming because in a few days there could be an army of insects causing a house flies infestation.

What Do House Flies Eat

Flies are not the picky eaters and can feed on any organic food or waste. They prefer sweet liquid foods and can catch the smell of it over a great distance. But to eat solid food they first need to spit on it to soften the food with saliva, turning it into a liquid. Some species prefer one kind of food above all else (for example, Piophilidae, or cheese flies, breed only inside cheese).

Many people wonder why flies “rub their legs,” and what does it mean to them. The fact is, flies do this to clean sticky pads on their feet of debris and dirt. After cleaning the front legs, flies wipe their eyes and head. Then they use hind legs to clean their wings.

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Species of Flies

Over 3600 species of flies exist. They differ in their appearance and habitat:

  • House flies: these are the most common insects and they are causing a house flies infestation. They come from the steppes of Asia. House flies prefer to live close to humans and are found across all the continents.
  • Hoverfly (syrphidae): this insect has a yellow and black striped body, similar to a wasp. It feeds on nectar and is harmless for a human. This fly got its name because it is often seen hovering at flowers.
  • Blow fly has a distinct shining green body. It dwells near rotting flesh and waste and may carry bacteria and disease.

  • Drone fly is a large insect (up to 0.6 in) with dense hair covering its body. Its larvae can cause intestinal diseases if ingested by humans.
  • The tsetse fly is a very dangerous bloodsucking fly. It carries diseases that destroy immune and nervous systems and lead to death. These flies exist only in Africa.
  • Stable fly bears a close resemblance to a house fly. They migrate en masse from woodlands closer to cities, towns, and villages by the end of the summer and have a very painful bite. Many people think that these are regular house flies that began to bite. But that’s not true: Stable fly is a separate fly subspecies.
  • Dung fly lays its eggs in animal dung only. It’s rarely seen inside a human home.

The most familiar kinds of flies to us are various subspecies of a house fly. Other kinds are far less common.

Are Flies Dangerous to Us?

Flies are not dangerous to humans directly: they don’t bite and cause no allergic reactions. However, their behavior and habits cause a lot of trouble:

  • Flies can cause the most harm as carriers of disease-causing bacteria and infections. Their persistence in getting inside a house, searching for food and crawling all over it causes them to spread infections rapidly.
  • Larvae can infest any living organism — human or animal.
  • Crawling through filth and manure piles, flies outdoors pick up a variety of microorganisms, bacteria, and worms eggs with their legs. Flying from a garbage dump to your home, flies spread all of the above on your food, which may cause such diseases as cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, and anthrax. That food becomes dangerous to eat.
  • In addition to spreading disease, house flies are simply annoying with their constant flying around and buzzing.

The only use they have is serving as food for birds and small animals.

How To Get Rid of Flies

There are a lot of ways to get rid of house flies. The simplest, manual methods are a fly swatter or a rolled newspaper with the help of which you can kill flies. A big con of this method is the dirty stains on the walls. Another drawback is that house flies detect movement much faster and manage to fly away, so you’ll have to “hunt” or a long time to kill flies. You shouldn’t pick killed house flies by hand, but use a scoop with a broom or gloves instead.

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Adhesive tape

House flies are attracted by the tape’s pleasant smell and get stuck when they land upon it. The device is easy to use letting you easily to get rid of house flies. You just need to unroll it and hang this natural fly killer in a convenient place. The tape is the cheapest way to get rid of house flies, and you can hang several at once. Probably, it is the most popular of home remedies for flies.

Cons: The unaesthetic appearance of a room with hanging ribbons with house flies; The tape to kill flies can stick to objects, leaving stains.

Newly developed traps to kill flies are more original, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing. Swiss company Swissinno produces window traps to kill flies that are attached to the corner of the window, fit well into room interior, and catch insects reliably. These traps to get rid of flies look like a triangular box with holes in it. House flies respond to the bait, enter the trap and get stuck. And you are getting rid of flies without a trouble.

Faicuk is a sticky fly trap that will serve you best if your number one source of fly attraction is home plants. It has no pesticides or other toxic substances and can deal with flies solely by gluing them. If you insert the bottom of Faicuk into the soil by the plant or let it hang in its branches or even above it, the insects would appreciate its yellow color and confuse it with flowers. Eventually, none of the flies will get to your plant because every one of them will be glued to this bright, attractive butterfly.

Faicuk traps are designed for indoor usage, but they act pretty much like sticky garden traps. If the flies are gathering around your plants and don’t fly to other areas of your house, this trap would be a perfect choice. However, you may need to add some soil treatment, as it gets infested with gnats in the most severe cases.

Traps of this kind are odorless and completely safe. If you accidentally touched glue on the trap surface just rub the glue with vegetable oil and wash it thoroughly. The trap effect lasts for three months, but it may end sooner if there are too many flies glued to it.

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