How To Get Rid of Flies

I’m guessing some of you read that post title and are now thinking “what the hell.”

I know, it’s weird. Let me explain.

This morning I walked into the living room and was greeted by about 15 flies hovering around the patio doors. Now, before you get all judgy and tell me you never get flies….you’re not normal. You either clean every single day, or hire someone to do it for you. Those of us who are normal, and who have “clean enough” houses and a tendency to open doors….we get flies. Shrug.

So anyway, this morning I had my own personal fly army. We’ve been dealing with them for a few days, so I grabbed the fly swatter and went to town. After about 3 minutes of frantically jumping and swatting and cursing, I realized I was venturing into serial killer territory and that’s not the kind of person I want to be. So I did what any rational person would do…I got on Google.

There are about 900 different ways to kill flies, believe it or not.

The more I read, the more I realized I didn’t really want little fly bodies all over the place, and despite his begging, I’m not ready to let Jimmie buy one of those horrific bug zappers. I was fairly certain that the flies weren’t a result of leaving food out or anything like that – at least not directly. (We did have a situation last week with the trash can, but that’s been remedied.) I didn’t want to leave the house, so I was looking for an easy (read, lazy) solution…which meant I was still looking at a death trap of some sort involving apple cider vinegar. Then I stumbled on lavender oil.

You might remember a few months ago I reviewed a couple of essential oils. At the time, I really had no clue what to use the lavender for, but I’m slowly finding ways. So far I’ve been pleasantly surprised, and while I’m not going to turn into one of those “oil-crazy people,” I like using them. They’re natural, and they’re easy.

The internet said that flies like sunlight, which explains the congregation on my patio doors. The internet also said that flies hate lavender oil and will stay away from it. So…I got to thinking.

What if I get them all outside, then put oil on the door so they have no interest in coming back???

Friends, that’s exactly what I did, only in reverse order. I put the oil on the door FIRST, then shooed them all outside. Believe it or not, those little guys were begging to get out of the house. Within 5 minutes my house was a fly-free zone. And it’s stayed that way.

All I did was put lavender on the outside of the patio doors, the inside of the door jam, and along the threshold. Then opened up the blinds so they’d “see the light,” waited until I had a good number of takers, and opened the patio door. I didn’t even have to use the fly swatter, as most of them were all too happy to oblige. I did the open door thing 3 or 4 more times, and that’s all it took.

Then I put some lavender oil in one of those diffuser bottles with sticks. The house smells, but we’re officially a no-fly zone. (giggle)

And the best part? I don’t have to deal with fly bodies, and they’re all free to go pollinate the outdoors.