I enjoy the hot weather of Summer but as you know the heat also brings the flies. So here are 5 easy fly repellants that you can make.
1. Using Vodka Based Fly Repellents:
For some reason flies hate Vodka. They just cannot bear its smell and hence some people use vodka based repellents to ward off flies.
To make such vodka based fly repellents you will have to mix following ingredients:
1 cup vodka2 tsp aloe vera juice1 tsp lemon eucalyptus oil1/2 tsp. essential oil blend
After mixing the ingredients, pour them in a spray bottle. Apply it over your skin or spray it near the infested area to repel flies.
Note: Only apply this repellent on your skin if you are comfortable with it. If you have any kind of allergies with any of the above ingredients then it’s better to avoid this method.
2. Using Lemongrass Oil as a Natural Fly Repellent:
Lemongrass oil has strong insect repellent properties and in addition to this it can also keep your home refreshingly aromatic. So, you can use the lemongrass oil to make a fly repelling spray that also works as a room freshener.
To make this spray you will have to mix following ingredients:
Lemongrass essential oil- 20-25 dropsHot water about 1/2 cup
Keep the solution in a spray bottle and spray it along your doorways and windows or any other fly infested area.
Note: In absence of Lemongrass oil you could also use other natural oils like Lavender oil, Citronella oil, Eucalyptus oil, Pennyroyal oil, or Peppermint oil. But with them you won’t achieve the results that you would get with Lemongrass oil.
Read this: Using natural oils to repel flies
3. Using Clove based Deterrent:
Cloves are pleasurably aromatic for humans butflies (particularly house flies) cannot stand the scent of cloves. In this remedy, you would have to use cloves along with lemons to deter flies.
To make this deterrent, take a lemon and cut it into two halves. After this, poke 6-12 cloves into each half of the lemon.
And then, you can keep few such clove poked lemons in a plate as a beautiful centerpiece for your table, especially for the times when you have meals with friends outdoor like in a barbeque party.
Alternatively, you could also use clove oil as it works better than solid cloves.
4. Creating Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel fly Repellent:
This is a natural fly repellent that works mostly against house flies. To make this repellent, you would need following ingredients:
1/4 cup witch hazel1/4 cup apple cider vinegar30 – 60 drops of eucalyptus oil
To make this repellent mix 1/4 cup witch hazel and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. After this, add 30 – 60 drops of eucalyptus oil in the solution and shake the mixture well.
Now, you can apply this repellent on the uncovered areas of your body. Please note that do not let this solution to enter your eyes or mouth.
5. Using herbs like Basil, Lavender, and Mint to deter flies:
Flies do not like the fragrance of certain aromatic herbs, such as Elder, Basil, Lavender, Tansy, Wormwood, Rue, and Mint.
You could plant these herbs in a pot near your doorways to keep flies away. This will not only prevent flies from entering your house but will also make the surrounding environment healthy.
If for some reason you cannot plant these herbs then, get some dried basil and mint leaves. Tie them up in a cheesecloth or a muslin bag and hang them in the infested area.
*Recipes from Get Rid Of Flies Guide*
What are your favorite and most effective fly repellent recipes?