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Keeping it Buzz-Free: Natural Fly Deterrent Remedies for a Fly-Free Summer in Queensland

As summer approaches in Queensland, so does the inevitable influx of flies seeking refuge in our homes. Dealing with these pesky insects can be a challenge, but fret not – there are effective and natural ways to manage flies without resorting to harmful chemicals. In this blog post, we'll explore some tried-and-true methods to keep your home fly-free during the warm summer months.


  1. Essential Oils as Natural Repellents: Essential oils are not only known for their pleasant fragrances but also for their potent insect-repelling properties. Citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender oils are particularly effective in deterring flies. Create your natural fly spray by mixing a few drops of these oils with water and spraying it around doors, windows, and other entry points.

  2. Citrus Peels: Flies have a strong aversion to citrus scents. Place citrus peels, such as those from oranges or lemons, in strategic locations around your home. The fresh aroma will repel flies while providing a natural and refreshing scent.

  3. Apple Cider Vinegar Trap: Create a simple yet effective fly trap using apple cider vinegar. Fill a bowl with apple cider vinegar and add a few drops of dish soap. The sweet aroma will attract flies, and the soap will break the surface tension, causing the flies to drown. Place these traps near common entry points or areas where flies tend to congregate.

  4. Herbs as Natural Fly Repellents: Certain herbs possess natural fly-repelling properties. Planting basil, mint, rosemary, or bay leaves near doors and windows can help keep flies at bay. Additionally, you can make herb sachets to hang in problem areas or crush the leaves to release their aroma.

  5. Fly-Screen Maintenance: Ensure that your fly screens are in good condition. Repair any tears or holes to prevent flies from entering your home. Regularly clean the screens to remove dust and debris that can diminish their effectiveness.

  6. Maintain a Clean Environment: Flies are attracted to food sources and unclean environments. Keep your kitchen clean by promptly cleaning up spills, storing food in airtight containers, and regularly taking out the trash. A clean environment will discourage flies from breeding and gathering in your home.

  7. Natural Fly-Repellent Plants: Introduce potted plants known for their fly-repellent properties into your living spaces. Plants such as basil, lavender, and marigolds not only add greenery but also act as natural deterrents for flies.


Enjoying a fly-free summer in Queensland doesn't have to involve harsh chemicals or expensive solutions. By incorporating these natural fly deterrent remedies into your routine, you can create a healthier and more comfortable living space. Embrace the power of essential oils, citrus peels, vinegar traps, herbs, and clean habits to keep those pesky flies at bay, allowing you to make the most of the beautiful Queensland summer.




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