The vast majority of people are fond of summertime. There are many things that we love about summer like the shiny sun and warm weather, the green grass and trees and it looks like people are in a good mood too.
As a matter of fact, many people wish that summer lasts longer. However, just like every season, summer is not perfect. For example, flies enjoy the warm weather too.
These insects are always present in areas with temperate climate. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should get used to them.
This is why many people use bug sprays, but the fact is that these sprays often produce unbearable scent and it is very boring to spray around or your body all the time. So, people are constantly looking for solution for this problem.
The good news is that there are several relatively easy ways to prevent flies from flying around you without using the help of some bug spray. There are many efficient natural Everyday Roots that are simple and cheap.
You will probably find the ingredients needed for these repellents in your home without visiting the local store. The best part is that most of these repellents cost less than one dollar.
Once you find out how to prepare these natural repellents for flies, your summer will be much different. You will enjoy it even more. When the flies are gone, you can just sit back, relax and reenergize yourself without thinking about these annoying creatures.
1. Water and Pennies in a Ziplock Bag
This is certainly one of the simplest and cheapest fly repellents. It will cost you between 4 and 5 cents. Take one re-sealable zipper bag, fill it with water and put 4 or 5 pennies in it. This is a repellent that may sound strange, but flies will definitely stay away from this body of water with relatively big dimensions and the reflection caused by the water and pennies will keep them away. Simply hang the bag on a tree close to your home or on the porch and enjoy summer.
2. Coconut Oil and Citronella
You can also get rid of flies by using oil. Pour 1 ½ cups of coconut oil in a bowl and drop up to 30 drops of citronella. Mix these oils well and pour the mixture in several small jars or tins. Place them in areas where you usually spot flies, sit back and relax!
3. Vanilla Extract, Cotton Balls and Mint
Now this fly remover might be a little bit complicated, but it provides excellent results. Take a shallow jar and place two cotton balls in the bottom. Use four tablespoons of vanilla extract to cover the balls. Use some fresh mint on top of the mixture before covering it with a piece of cheesecloth. This repellent is very efficient, so even if you put fresh fruit next to it, flies will stay away.
4. Clove and Vodka in a Spray Bottle
You can always visit your local store and buy some bug sprays there, but do you really want to spend your day with a weird scent in your nose and mouth? Instead of doing that, you can fill a spray bottle with some vodka and just a small amount of clove or lavender. Use this mixture to spray the areas where flies usually hangout. Your evenings outside, will be more pleasant without the presence of flies.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is another very simple and ultra cheap method which is based on apple cider vinegar. This is actually a trap. So, take a shallow glass or jar and put apple cider vinegar in it. Use a plastic wrap to cover the jar and make sure to punch few holes on top of the jar. Position these jars or glasses outside close to the place where you sit. Apple cider vinegar will serve as impenetrable obstacle from annoying pests.
6. Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper Powder and Garlic
Yet another ideal natural barrier to keep your home safe from flies and other insects is this repellent that consists of cayenne pepper powder, garlic and cinnamon. Just sprinkle the mixture around your home in order to create an invisible field. The flies will certainly look for another place to hangout.
7. Essential Oils
Here’s another method that is based on spray bottle. It works in a similar way like vodka spray, but you don’t need to use any alcohol in it. Just fill the spray bottle with half vinegar and half water and add 15 drops of some essential oil like lemon, mint, citronella, lavender or eucalyptus. Use the spray around your house or on the porch and enjoy your fly-free day.
8. An Scratched CD
This method won’t cost you a dime and it works very simple. Just hang an old or scratched CD on a tree close to your home or on your porch. While this fly repellent sounds too good to be true, the fact is that the reflective surface on the CD will keep the flies away.
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Via Huffington Post