Flies can be frustrating – especially in the kitchen, where you want everything to be particularly clean, hygienic, and neat. Flies are a common unwanted house guest: Not merely annoying to deal with, but also capable of spreading diseases and infections, making them less than desirable housemates. This is especially true in the kitchen, where they can potentially lay eggs on your meat and various other food items.
But don’t worry, we’ve compiled five tips not only explaining how to get rid of flies, but also how to keep them out of your home, and life, for good.
Remember when following any of the tips in this article that it’s important to always read the instructions on the label of any cleaning product first, and to wear gloves and ensure that the area is well ventilated. Test all solutions on a small area of your surface to ensure that they are appropriate and safe to use.
If you’re dealing with flies in your home, you can prevent them by making sure that your surfaces and countertops are clean and that you remove rubbish promptly. Products like Handy Andy are great for cleaning areas in the kitchen and bathroom. You can also get rid of flies by using products like vinegar, flytraps, or even plants!
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How to Prevent Flies
The best way to prevent flies from being drawn into the house is to keep your home and kitchen clean. This sounds simple enough but keeping your living space clean is actually the single best thing you can do to prevent flies. Wash dishes immediately after you use them, don’t leave food out on the countertop for long periods of time, and clean the kitchen thoroughly after preparing food.
This can be inconvenient when you are in a hurry but will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Bin flies can be especially persistent and very annoying – food waste is a feast for them. This is why it’s crucial to remove food waste regularly to prevent it from piling up and causing any smell, and to clean your bin regularly with a good quality disinfectant like Domestos bleach.
How to Get Rid of Flies Using Vinegar
Flies are repelled by vinegar, and the smell of boiling vinegar can make them leave. Pour some malt vinegar in a pot or pan, let it boil, and wait for the flies to desperately try to escape. You need to watch the procedure closely as you don’t want the vinegar to burn, however, and (as with all pans of boiling liquid) be careful not to spill or be splashed with it yourself.
Using Fly Traps to Get Rid of Flies
You can make your own homemade fly trip with a jar, some sugary water, and a paper cone. The sugar attracts the flies, and the jar and cone make it impossible for the flies to escape once they are trapped. You can also purchase flypapers coated with a fragrance which attracts flies. The flies will then get caught in the sticky paper, allowing you to remove them easily.
Using Plants to Repel Flies
Flies dislike certain plants. Mint, for example, is a fly-repelling herb, and also very handy to have around the house to cook with. A pot of mint may be worth purchasing if you are often struggling with flies. If you place it next to a door or window, it makes it less likely that flies will enter this way. But using mint around the kitchen area can also help to keep away flies from those areas that you definitely don’t want infested, such as the kitchen worktop you tend to use when cutting up vegetables and handling meat.
How to Deal with an Infestation of Flies
Unfortunately, we don’t always succeed in keeping flies out of our home, and sometimes we may even have to deal with major fly infestations. There’s no need to panic – it’s all about systematically getting rid of the little insects. If you are facing an infestation, the first thing you need to do is clean your house thoroughly with a disinfectant like bleach. Vacuum and wash all surfaces with a disinfectant spray or wipes to get rid of any fly eggs, and make sure to clean behind furniture and everywhere that might not be easily accessible at first – that’s where flies like to hide.
With any luck, these tips should give you a fly-free home – allowing you to relax!