How to Keep Flies Away From Your Dustbin and Out of Your Kitchen

Updated on August 31, 2018
Make sure flies don't come into your home with a few simple steps.
Make sure flies don't come into your home with a few simple steps. | Source

The warm weather brings unwanted guests with it every summer. Flies come back into your kitchen and lay eggs in the dustbin, which then hatch, causing you to have even more flies in your home.

These tips will hopefully help you to chase away the flies that are hiding in your rubbish bins or in your home.

1. Be Hygienic

Clean your garbage cans regularly with soap and water and keep the kitchen clean. Do not leave leftovers out in trays or pans that have not been washed, and throw away empty beverage bottles or cartons immediately.

2. Keep Your Dustbin Dry

There are biodegradable waste bags that you can use instead of ordinary plastic bags. Moisture from the waste can evaporate from the food, but it gets trapped inside plastic waste bags. In biodegradable ones, the waste dries out, decreasing the risk of attracting flies. The trash can also stays cleaner.

You can also put newspapers at the bottom of the dustbin to help absorb moisture. A dry trash can also attracts less of other insects.

Fruit flies are attracted to rotting fruit, to make sure all the fruit in your fruit basket is fresh and clean.
Fruit flies are attracted to rotting fruit, to make sure all the fruit in your fruit basket is fresh and clean. | Source

3. Keep Small Flies Away From Your Fruit Basket

If you have a fruit bowl, check often to make sure that the fruit inside is still fresh. If you place new fruit in it, wash them first. Fruit that is rotten or overripe will attract fruit flies. Fruit flies are annoying little flies and they come in dozens. Getting rid of them is even more annoying because they're small and hard to see.

4. Use Vinegar to Clean

When you clean the stove and hotplates in your kitchen, use a few drops of vinegar. The smell of vinegar chases flies away. Clean your stove regularly. This also increases the lifespan of your furnace.

5. Place the Dustbin Outside of the Kitchen

If you have space, then put the trash can outside of the kitchen—in the laundry room, for example. That way, flies won't come into your kitchen anymore.

If you have a wheelie bin in the garage, then leave the lid closed. If it's in the garden under the sun, you could leave it about an inch open to let the waste breath and dry out. Waste that is dry attracts fewer pests.

There Are Natural Solutions to Getting Rid of Flies

Herbs and plants such as lavender, basil, African marigolds, and elderberry chase flies away. These herbs work best when hung in front of the doors—this will prevent the flies from entering really quickly.

You can also use lavender oil. Put the oil on a towel or sponge and put it somewhere in your kitchen. You’ll see that fewer flies will enter your home. Another solution is, of course, installing a good insect screen or gauze in front of your windows.

Dried lavender, or lavender oil, can help keep the flies at bay.
Dried lavender, or lavender oil, can help keep the flies at bay. | Source

If You Can't Find Herbs, There Are Other Ways to Stop Flies

In most supermarkets and garden centers, you will find flycatchers that don't contain poison. You can also get started with a traditional or electric swatter. However, if you don’t want black-speckled walls, I would recommend an electric fly swatter.

You can also use a bug spray, but these contain toxic and flammable gases and bring even more waste with them! Lastly, the most radical solution would be to paint your walls and doors blue—flies do not seem to like this color.

Flies can be very annoying, but with these tips and tricks, you should be able to get rid of them or keep them outside. Good luck keeping those pesky flies out of your home!

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    • lilalollie profile imageAUTHOR

      lilalollie 

      6 years ago from The Netherlands

      Thank you, I hope it will help you :)

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      sethpowers 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Quality tips.

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