With summer weather right around the corner, many of us are looking forward to opening windows and doors and welcoming the gentle breezes of summer into our homes. Unfortunately, doing this also extends a hearty welcome to an enemy of summer fun: the common house fly.
Irritating and unsanitary, this bothersome pest can enter through any tiny opening or wait to be ushered in when doors are opened. Left alone, they contaminate our food and kitchen surfaces, andto other areas throughout our homes.
The good news is that you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals to put out the un-welcome mat for these insects. Instead, you can use these all-natural approaches, provided by, to discourage their presence in your home.
Lavender, Basil and Mint, Oh My!
Theseare not just ingredients for creating pleasant fragrances in your home or for use in recipes. They also have proven insect repellant qualities and flies detest them. You can use them to discourage the common housefly throughout your home and yard by:
- Growing lavender, basil and mint in your flower beds, gardens and pots around the perimeter of the home.
- Placing bouquets of cut lavender, or pots of basil and mint on windowsills and near exterior doors.
- Spritzing window screens, porches and doorways with a spray bottle that has been filled with warm water and a few drops of lavender oil.
- Making a tea from basil or mint leaves, to strain and use as a insect repellent spray
An All-Natural Fly Trap for Outdoor Dining Enjoyment!
Dining outdoors does not have to include swatting flies or spraying the perimeter with chemicals. Simply halve a couple of lemons and push some cloves into the cut surface, with the pointed end of the clove up. The combination of fresh lemon and pungent cloves is too much for flies to handle and you will get to enjoy a peaceful meal!