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It seems like flies are everywhere and multiply by the second during the summer. Once you think you’ve gotten them all, another one shows up and it almost seems never-ending! At times it can seem hopeless trying to get all of the flies out of your space. Lucky for you, there are quite a few different ways that you can repel and/or prevent flies from invading the inside and outside of your home! Today, we’re here to help you with 4 ways you can keep the flies away during the summer. 

Hang Up A Bag Of Water

This method is one of the old-fashioned ways of repelling flies. By hanging a bag of water up in the area that you’re trying to keep them out of most (usually in an outdoor area), light reflects off of the water in the bag and throws off the flies. Unfortunately, this method isn’t as effective with more than just a few flies. It only temporarily shoos the flies away until they are ready to come back for more.


A more obvious and easy way out is to purchase and use fly traps. There are many different kinds of fly traps you can find in-store or even online. The point of fly traps is to attract the flies and ultimately get them stuck in the trap. Since the trap is so attractive to them, it’s smart to put the flytrap as far away from where you don’t want the flies to be. Whether these fly traps are store-bought or DIY-ed, they can be pretty effective depending on the number of flies you’re dealing with!

Citronella Candles

Citronella candles are very popular outdoor fly repellents. They don’t work to trap the flies and kill them, but they are effective at keeping them away because of the smell they give off. Although they are very popular outdoor repellents, you can also purchase citronella candles that are safe for inside use as well. Since the smell of citronella candles is what overwhelms and causes the flies to stay away, these are only effective at repelling the flies for as long as the candles are burning. 

Keep The Area Clean

This method is more of a method to practice over time. Flies are attracted to all kinds of smells. Whether it’s sweet or stinky, they’ll be there to take it all in. So, just like the sweet smells of the DIY traps you set attract them, the stinky smells from the pet feces or garbage cans will attract them as well. To minimize the swarms of flies that could potentially visit your home, try to keep the areas in and around your home clean! Make sure all of the pet feces is cleaned up. Garbage cans should be shut completely when they’re filled with garbage. Simple practices like keeping your area clean will help to minimize the flies. 

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Apple Pest Control is here to help you get rid of the critters that are out of control. Contact us today to handle the problem!