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Ah, those pesky houseflies! The worst nuisance, especially in summers. Are you also tired of the irritating buzz and the need to protect every surface from them? 

These are some fool-proof ways to get those unwanted guests out of your house for good.

Why You Need To Use Them

Some people think there is no need to try to get houseflies out. They’re harmless, they say. But ultimately, they are not. That’s because houseflies carry with them enormous amounts of germs and transfer them to each surface they sit on. They can have viruses and bacteria wherever they go and be the cause of food poisoning too. So pull your socks up!

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1. Herbs and Flowers

Herbs and flowers can be planted both in your garden, which keeps flies away from your house. Some special herbs and flowers repel flies, which include: basil, marigold, lavender, bay leaves, and catnip! This is a great way to begin because these can be used in your cooking too.

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2. Vinegar and Dish Soap

A mixture of vinegar and dish soap can help you trap flies. To use this method, mix about an inch of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap in any tall container. Cover the box with a cling film. Then, secure the plastic wrap with a rubber band and poke small holes in the top.

Flies will be attracted to the vinegar in the glass and will fly through the holes. However, the dish soap causes the flies to sink instead of being able to land on the vinegar. This method is a bit violent, so only use it when necessary!

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3. Cayenne Pepper and Water

Cayenne pepper helps repel houseflies significantly. Simply mix it with water and spray around the house to deter flies from coming in. A natural pesticide!

4. Venus Flytrap

Venus flytraps are carnivorous plants that eat insects. If you plant them outside, they’ll naturally eat flies. They’re best kept outside because inside, you might need to feed the plant flies.

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When a fly gets in the plant’s trap, it closes around the fly. It then secretes digestive fluid to dissolve the insect’s soft insides. It breaks down the insect over 5 to 12 days, then spits out the exoskeleton. Anybody seen Journey To the Centre Of The Earth? You’ll know what we’re talking about.

5. Natural Trap Bait

If any of these methods don’t work for you, you can also use foods or drinks to which flies are attracted to entice them into traps. These foods are sugar (honey or molasses), fruit, and meat!

Which one of these will you be trying? Let us know in the comments below!

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