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Try these solutions to get your fly problem under control this summer. The all-natural options we’ve listed here will work in any home, and oftentimes you have everything you need for them already on hand. From oils to spices to sweet scents, give our natural fly control suggestions a try in and around your home for a pest-free summer.

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Take a sponge and a small mason jar and add 20 to 30 drops of lavender oil. Top with a lid and leave it for about 24 hours. Then remove the lid and place the jar where you see flies. This is an all-natural fly repellent that should chase away your pest problems. Replenish the oil occasionally, as it will weaken when exposed to air. If you don’t have lavender oil on hand, other alternatives include eucalyptus, peppermint and lemongrass essential oils. Dilute these other oils in rubbing alcohol or water in a 3-to-1 ratio before applying to the sponge.

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Flies really dislike the smell of cloves, so the spice is perfect for repelling insects. Try cutting a lemon in half and poking 6 to 12 cloves into the surface, as shown above. Set these lemon halves around your home on a plate. This actually makes a really attractive centerpiece that will repel any flies that may be in the area. Try this natural fly repellent at your next outdoor party.

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Flies dislike the smell of certain plants, so that makes them the perfect all-natural fly repellent. Try adding a plant or two of these fragrant beauties next to doors, windows and more:

-Bay leaf

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Try a honey trap for any flies that are already in your home. Cut a soda bottle in half (make the bottom half taller than the top half). Fill the bottom with a bit of water and add in a few drops of dish soap.

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Place the top half of the bottle upside down in the bottom half, as shown above. Smear honey around the mouth of the bottle to start attracting the flies. The flies will drown in the water once they enter into the bottom of the bottle through the mouth.

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Last but not least, you can try putting several drops of eucalyptus oil onto scrap strips of fabric. Place these fabric strips near windows and doors to repel flies before they ever enter your home. Note: Avoid using eucalyptus oil if you are a pregnant woman or suffer from such conditions as high blood pressure or epilepsy.

If you try a few of these solutions, you are sure to find a way to get your fly problem under control this summer. The best part is that all of these solutions are all-natural, so you are not bringing any more chemicals into your home. Try our ideas and see if you can keep the flies away from your home and outdoor parties this summer! Have an ant problem as well? We have all-natural solutions for eliminating ants as well!

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Angie blogs at The Country Chic Cottage about DIY, home decor, crafts, and recipes. When she is not blogging, you can find Angie hanging out on her farm with her hubby and three kids. Angie has a love for all things farmhouse especially mason jars. Be sure to follow along with Angie's blog for more. Visit The Country Chic Cottage



  1. Wow! There are a few tips on here I hadn’t heard of before. I’m looking to try the lemons and clove especially. It might just be an excuse to bring clove into our house lol 🙂
  2. What great tips! Some of them are new to me. Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday.
  3. Angie Rose says:
    Flies drive me absolutely MAD in the summer months. I felt like I tried absolutely everything, but now I have some extra methods I’m excited to give a go! Thanks so much for sharing all these helpful tips with us at Dishing It & Digging It! Hoping to see you back this week 🙂

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