Simple 65p plant trick to keep flies away from your home in hot weather

A simple and cheap trick to keeping flies out of your home during the warm weather has been shared and all you need is a 65p plant and a bit of patience

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Experts have shared their top tips for repelling flies

As the weather warms up and the sun shines more frequently, most of us will open our windows to let some much-needed fresh air circulate through our homes.

But open windows let flies, wasps and other bugs fly in and cause a nuisance – they buzz around the house while you try to relax.

Now experts have released a guide on how to keep flies away just by using natural plants. No chemicals, no coins and nothing harmful to anyone there Yorkshire Live Reports.

Best of all, it’s cheap, quick and easy, and for just 65p you can of course ban flies from your home – and the tips come at just the right time.

The advice could not have come at a better time


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It turns out flies don’t like basil or mint and are repelled by the pungent herbs, so you could try snagging some small plants and placing them on window sills and near doors.

You can buy a basil or mint plant for just 65p from Asdaor £1.30 at Ocado, or around £1 at most good garden centres.

Polly Shearer, a cleaning expert at Tap Stockshared how to keep flies from invading your kitchen this summer.

She said: “The UK is expected to experience a heatwave this week, with temperatures of up to 34C expected in some places.

“The heat is leading to an increase in flies and means houseflies are more likely to breed in hot weather! This could result in tens of thousands of flies buzzing around grills and kitchens in the UK this week.

“We recommend taking preventive measures this summer to stop the proliferation of flies and insects in your kitchen.”

Mint will keep the flies at bay


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1. Make your own natural fly repellent spray

Flies hate the smell of essential oils like mint, lemongrass and lavender. You can make your own natural fly repellent spray by adding a few drops of any of these oils to a spray bottle of water. We recommend lavender so that the spray also smells fresh in your kitchen.

Just spray the natural remedy around your kitchen throughout the day and it should keep flies from entering.

2. Store fizzy drinks in your refrigerator and wipe up spills immediately

Fruit flies are attracted to the carbon dioxide in carbonated drinks. Leaving out these drinks can allow your kitchen fruit flies to congregate around the area, especially if there is a spill.

Be sure to wipe up spills and clean the bottles to prevent fruit flies from being attracted to them. You can also keep your fizzy drinks in the fridge to keep fruit flies away from them.

Flies don’t like basil either


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3. Keep your kitchen trash can dry with baking soda

Whatever you throw in your trash can will rot, but this process speeds up in the summer months due to the warmer weather. This attracts flies, insects and maggots, so it’s important to clean and empty your bin more frequently during the summer.

A great trick is to sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trash can before putting a new trash bag in it. The baking soda should absorb any odors and liquids that come out of the bag.

4. Do not leave dirty dishes near the sink

In the busy summer months, especially around school holidays, it can be difficult to find the time to wash dirty dishes. However, leaving dishes at the sink to wash will attract flies.

We recommend washing your dishes as early as possible in the summer to prevent flies from contaminating your dishes with bacteria and even laying eggs on them.

You can buy a mint plant for 65p from Asda



5. Store leftovers in storage bags and tubs, fully sealed

Flies like to lay their eggs in places with warmer temperatures, so don’t leave food scraps uncovered while cooling.

Instead, place the leftovers in a bag or tub that can be fully sealed to prevent flies from touching the food.

6. Use apple cider vinegar, which only costs 80p, to deter fruit flies

Fruit flies can wreak havoc in your kitchen during the summer, often resulting in food waste because people don’t want to eat fruit touched by flies. If you have fruit flies in your kitchen, you should fill a jar halfway with apple cider vinegar and cover it with cling film and poke small holes in the cling film.

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This should lure the fruit flies into entering the jar, and you can then release them outside of your home. It’s also important to keep your fruit in the fridge to prevent flies from returning.

7. Keep a basil plant in your kitchen to repel flies

The herb basil is known to repel flies and mosquitoes, making it a great option for kitchen plants. Not only will it stop flies, it’s great to use in many recipes!

And of course – do not kill!

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