How to get rid of flies

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How to get rid of flies

Keeping flies out of your house can be quite difficult during the Summer months because we do love to keep the windows open.  However, you still can prevent flies from coming into your home if you follow a few simple tricks.  So, how to get rid of flies?

You really don’t need to spend lots of money on loads of different products to combat flies in your house or garden.  We regularly eat outside in the garden throughout the Summer months and we find using Citronella Candles does the trick.  Simply get yourself some of these and a nice candle holder and you’re ready to go!

If you are a little uncomfortable using candles inside your home, you can also use Citronella essential oil in an essential oil diffuser.  See below for guidance.

Follow our guide:

  1. Buy some Citronella Candles.  Once lit, these candles keep flies away and can be used in the garden too when having a BBQ or evening meal outside.
  2. If you are nervous about using candles around your home, buy some Citronella oil and place a few drops in an essential oil diffuser.
  3. Invest in a fly and insect zapper, just plug in during the summer months and your house will be fly free!
  4. Wipe surfaces after spills, cooking and eating and don’t leave dirty dishes out after eating.
  5. Keep food completely sealed and stored in cupboards.
  6. Keep floors swept and clear of leftover crumbs and food.
  7. Keep floors clear of pet food, never leave pet food in bowls overnight.
  8. Purchase a Brabantia bin with a closed lid and empty it often (we have had ours since 2006 and it is still in perfect working order).

Citronella Candles
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You can really make a statement by using beautiful candle holders together with your citronella candles when you are dining on the patio or terrace or even whilst camping!  These are our absolute favourite way of how to get rid of flies, especially when camping.

Fly catcher

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This twin pack of outdoor flytraps have a super-effective insect attractant where flies get in, but can’t get out.  Suitable for outdoor use, refuse areas and gardens to protect areas from fly invasions.  Reuseable traps with 2 bait sachets included.  Simply add water to the bait attractant inside the bottle and hang it in the sun to activate.  Works to attract insects from up to 10m away.  This contains no poisons, the bait attractant is non-toxic and poison-free, naturally attracting flies to the trap so they can’t escape.

Electric fly swatter

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This handy fly swatter gets rid of flies in an instant.  It stuns them so you can take the swatter outside and shake them off.

Fly and insect zapper

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Aspectek – Fly and Insect Killer

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This incredibly powerful insect control device emits powerful ultraviolet rays that attract flies, mosquitoes and other flying insects from up to 80 feet away (more than 5000 sq. ft.).  Chemical & odour free with no pesticides or potentially harmful sprays.  Get rid of flies fast without sticky, messy poisons and sprays.  Great for places where pesticides can’t be sprayed like kitchens and hospitals. No zap sound.  Easy-to-use and maintenance-free, simply plug in the bug zapper.  Stands on its own or can be hung onto the wall with a chain hanger (included).  Insects are collected in a removable and washable tray.  The electronic insect killer is safe for home use as the cage is surrounded by a protective cage.  The device is CE certified and RoHS compliant.

Citronella Oil

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Citronella essential oil has a sharp citrus/lemongrass aroma and is pale yellow in colour, and is extracted from a tough grass via steam distillation.  It is most commonly known as an effective mosquito and fly repellent but it also has other uses.  Citronella oil is also reported to have anti-inflammatory properties along with calming and soothing effects. Citronella essential oil contains antibacterial properties, it’s extremely effective when it comes to fighting bacteria that can cause acne.  Just pop a few drops into a humidifier to keep flies out of any room in your home.


Asakuki 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser
Asakuki 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser

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Essential oils can be used in this and most other humidifiers on the market (click here to see others) to keep flies out of any room in the house.  Humidifiers improve health, skin, mood, sleep and focus.  It adds moisture to the air of any room, it can help you to breathe better, cough less and prevent dry sinuses, nosebleeds as well as dry skin.

Brabantia Bin

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These bins are the best on the market at the moment.  Using this type of bin will stop flies buzzing around your bin.  We have had our touch to open bin for 12 years now and have had no issues.  Brabantia is renowned for bringing quality design to homeware.  Offering practical solutions for waste management that combine design and quality.  If you have any problems with a Brabantia bin, the customer service team are always open to repairing it, unlike other companies.

We hope you found our how to get rid of flies guide helpful.

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