Make Your Own Natural Fly Repellent: Recipes and How to

People, in general, are wary of flies. If you’re here, you are probably one of them. Depending on the region you live in, flies are a mere nuisance that you swat off or a big problem that you’re trying to get rid of. Most of commercially available fly sprays are packed with chemicals, so why not make your own natural fly repellent?

According to a recent study, we have discovered over 120,000 species of flies (only God knows how many more are awaiting discovery). Their presence is often annoying enough to people, but the ramifications of effects they have on humanity go largely unnoticed.

Flies’ Dangers

Depending on the species, flies can carry very deadly diseases. In addition to infesting meat and other food items, some of them also spread food poisoning bacteria (such as Salmonella enteritidis). A fly’s habitat makes it ideal for spreading diseases. Flies are restless insects, moving back and forth between food and filth. Consequently, they simply spread infections faster than any other insect.

Before we move onto the many ways you can get rid of flies, keep in mind that these insects are attracted to the food by its sense of smell. However, since it cannot ingest solid food, a fly will first vomit on solid food, create a semi-liquid solution of it, and then suck it in. This is how food contamination occurs.

How to Get Rid Of Flies

Getting rid of flies can be a lengthy process with few results – if you don’t know what you’re up against. Make sure you do your research before spraying fly repellents left and right. These are the two main stages of a fly-free home environment:

  • Step 1: Fly Control Techniques – This stage is responsible with employing methods that will control the further growth of the fly invasion. Cleaning or destroying their breeding sources is among the most successful fly control technique. It helps you control the growth of flies, because they will have no place to lay their eggs.
  • Step 2: Fly Elimination Techniques – After destroying the breeding places of flies, you will be left to deal with the adult flies. Now that they have no place to lay eggs, you will solve the fly problem by killing the adult flies – which is stage 2 of the process.

Natural Fly Repellent Recipes

Homemade fly spray is not just easy to make (essential oils FTW!), but it also doesn’t harm small children or pets. In all honesty, a lot of the commercial fly sprays available on the market for animals work very well. However, they also come with a plethora of harmful side effects, including toxicity and adrenal and immune suppression.

You will find the recipes below, but feel free to tweak them to meet your own preferences. Experiment and don’t worry so much about the exact recipe. And, more importantly, don’t be discouraged if one recipe doesn’t work for you. Go ahead and try another one – it might forever rid you of flies! Add a drop or two of your favorite oil to any of these suggestions for calming or refreshing effects.

1. Vodka Based Fly Repellents

What’s delicious to you is an absolute turn-off for flies. For some reason, they just hate vodka; they can’t bear the smell. That’s why some people have come up with vodka-based repellents to ward off flies. These are the ingredients you will need to make such a natural fly repellent:

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 tsp lemon eucalyptus oil
  • 2 tsp aloe vera juice
  • 1/2 tsp. essential oil blend

Mix the ingredients and pour the resulting solution in a spray bottle. Apply it on your skin or spray it in the area where you encounter the most flies. Note: Don’t apply this repellent on your skin if you’re not comfortable with it or you have any kind of allergies to any of the above ingredients.

2. Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass oil is an essential oil with powerful insect repellent properties. In addition, it also keeps your home aromatic and refreshed. You can use lemongrass oil to make a fly repelling spray that doubles as a room freshener. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Lemongrass essential oil (20-25 drops)
  • Hot water (about 1/2 cup)

Mix and keep the solution in a spray bottle. Spray along your doorways and windows for maximum effects. Note: If you don’t have lemongrass oil, other natural oils (lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, or peppermint oil) will also work. However, do not expect the same strong results that you would get with lemongrass oil.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar & Witch Hazel

If you’re dealing with house flies, this recipe is the natural fly repellent that will work best. In addition to the fly-fighting properties, this mixture will also make your home smell lovely due to the eucalyptus oil. You will need the following ingredients to make this repellent:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • Eucalyptus oil (30 – 60 drops)

Mix the witch hazel and the apple cider vinegar, and add the drops of eucalyptus oil. Shake the repellent well and apply it on the uncovered skin areas of your body. Note: Do not let this solution touch your eyes or mouth.



4. Fly Paper to Kill Flies

If you don’t want to spray anything on you or your furniture, you can always trap the flies. Fly papers or fly ribbons are not just the cheapest method, but they’re sometimes the best way to get rid of flies. A fly paper is usually coated with a sweet fragrant that attracts the flies. In addition to the extreme stickiness, the paper is also covered in a layer of poisonous substance.

You can buy fly paper, but you can also make it at home with:

  • Sheets of brown paper or thin cards
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Heating Pan
  • Corn Syrup
  • Thread

Cut the brown paper sheets into 2 inch wide strips. Then pour equal parts of corn syrup and water into a pan and heat till it starts boiling. Keep stirring the mixture while heating. Remove the pan from heat and let the strips soak into the mixture for at least 4-5 hours. Take out the strips and air dry them for 2-3 hours. Then hang them in the fly infested area to catch the insects.

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William E. Eubanks

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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