It’s not nice, is it?
Fruit flies. Drain flies.
Call ’em what you will flies.
They’re horrid aren’t they?
BUT as I’ve written before, all those fly sprays you can buy.
They’re not nice either.
And really nasty for all our friends we really need in the garden like bees, butterflies, ladybirds, lacewings, birds and more.
So how can you get rid of flies naturally?
Without using these nasty sprays.
Well, as ever prevention beats a cure.
And you can prevent fruit flies with these tips …
But assuming the little monsters have made their way in.
And have multiplied.
What can you do then to get rid of flies naturally?
As luck would have it there’s actually a bunch of natural tricks that work.
And I’ve rounded up some of my faves for you here.
Check them out and let me know what works best for you.
How To Get Rid Of Flies Naturally
1. Lemon & Cloves
Now I’m starting with a controversial tip for getting rid of flies naturally.
Some people do claim lemons attract flies.
But others, like the authors at Healthy World People have had enormous success.
Using them to destroy flies.
Particularly when combined with cloves.
They’ve also got a handy tip using lavender oil.
2. Blitz Your Sink!
If you have got a lot of flies, it could be your kitchen sink causing the problem.
As the flies will shelter and breed in the drain.
With all the gunge and stuff.
Hmmm. Lovely heh?
So as Erin from DIY Passion explains, you really need to blitz your sink to get rid of the flies.
Now personally, I wouldn’t use bleach as she suggests. Too many nasties.
But the principle is spot on. Deep clean you sink and drain 🙂
Boring I know. But less boring than flies.
3. The Fruit & Bread Trick
If you’re still a bit sceptical that you can get rid of flies naturally.
You have to check out The Real Farmhouse.
This lady cans fruit. She’s gets fruit flies!
LOTS of flies!
And she gets rid of those flies naturally with a bit of fruit, a bit of bread and some paper.
AND she’s got the photos to prove it!
4. Cider Vinegar
But just in case that doesn’t work to get rid of your flies.
You can try cider vinegar instead.
As Micro Abode explains.
They also have a handy tip about not letting the flies drink your wine.
Of which I heartily approve!
5. Cider Vinegar Mark 2
And there are in fact a number of different ways to use cider vinegar on flies.
Tots Family explains an alternative approach here.
6. Any Old Bread Bag
Finally, a completely different trick for getting rid of flies from Simple Living Country Gal.
Using nothing more than an old bread bag.
And a bit of banana.
So there you go.
Use my tips to prevent fruit flies breeding in the first place.
But if you have got flies, there’s 6 different natural ways you can get rid of them. I really hope this helps and for more natural, non toxic tips to repel pests inside and outdoors follow me on Pinterest and try these :