How to Get Rid of Flies Quickly (Inside and Outside)


The constant presence of flies is anyone’s problem. You just wave your hands and look ridiculous just to make them go away. But, you’ve probably thought that you need something that will help you get rid of these pesky parasites. Here, we’re going to suggest you several useful methods that will help you achieve that!

he average life span of flies is about one month. During that time, they multiply like crazy. You get a never-ending population that you wage war against.

Speed and flying are only some of the physical attributes that gives some varieties of flies a distinct advantage over others.

You have to know their natural weaknesses in order to destroy them. Flies are naturally attracted to light and smell. They can also be repelled by strong scents of some herbs and essential oils.

Here are four methods that will help you get rid of flies quickly inside and outside.

Method 1: Use DIY Fly Trap

Build your own fly trap! Put the trap indoors or outdoors to trap the pesky flies and get rid of them!

It traps the flies by using their basic instincts against them. Their powerful affinity to the stimulus of odor and light will actually draw them into the trap. They can’t escape and can be disposed of at your convenience.

Fermentation has a sweet and irresistible smell which draws the flies to enter the trap through the holes in the plastic wrap.

The stimulus of light is going to work against them and they won’t be able escape. The entire plastic wrap is going to look like an invisible wall. They won’t be able to find the holes distinguish and there won’t be any strong scent to guide them out.

#ACV Trap

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is actually fermented apple juice. Rotting or fermenting fruits are a real delicacy for flies. Variety of flies can be lured with ACV.

If you add a little bit of dish soap to the ACV, it will make the trap deadlier. The surface tension of the liquid will be broken by the dish soap and it will make the flies sink on contact and eliminate any chance of survival.

Things you’ll need:

  • Apple cider vinegar (smell of ACV attracts flies) – 2 cups
  • Liquid dish soap (flies sink and drown in dish soap) – 1 tablespoon
  • Mason jar
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toothpick

Step 1. Mix ACV and dish soap in a Mason jar

  • Pour 2 cups of ACV into a Mason jar.
  • Then, add 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap to it.

Step 2. Secure the mouth of the jar with plastic wrap

  • Stretch a piece of plastic wrap over the mouth of the Mason jar to seal it completely.

Step 3. Poke several holes into the plastic wrap

  • Use a toothpick to make multiple punctures in the plastic wrap and you’ll let the flies into the trap. The smell of ACV will guide them into the trap.

Place the trap wherever you want to. When you notice the flies are dead inside, get rid of them and clean the jar.

#Fruit Trap

A fruit trap will have a similar effect like the ACV trap. Use overripe or rotten fruit.

This trap doesn’t kill the flies, but it will capture them effectively. You can then decide how to dispose of them. This trap is much cheaper than the previous one. Just put the already rotting fruit in the bowl!

Things you’ll need:

  • Fruit, overripe or rotten (flies are attracted to rotten food)
  • Bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • A pair of scissors
  • Toothpick

Step 1. Place chopped up rotten fruit in a bowl

  • Peel and chop up whatever rotten fruit you’ll be using roughly.
  • You can also just break it into pieces before placing it in the bowl so you can attract the flies.

Step 2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap

  • Stretch the plastic wrap tightly over the top of the bowl.

Step 3. Poke several holes into the plastic wrap

  • Poke several holes into the plastic wrap using a toothpick and in that way, you’ll allow the smell of the rotten fruit to escape. The flies will be attracted to the smell.
  • Put the fruit trap wherever you need to.
  • When you think you’ve attracted enough flies, put the whole bowl into soapy water for several minutes in order to kill the flies.
  • Rinse the bowl and set the trap again.
  • Prepare several traps and put them around your whole home.

Method 2: Use DIY Fly Repellent Spray

  • Use a repellent spray to get rid of flies. Many people feel more comfortable spraying repellent to get rid of pests.
  • You may want to avoid using all the harmful chemicals present in the chemical-based bug sprays. Use natural ingredients to prepare your own repellent spray.
  • You can use a soapy solution as the base of the spray. Use essential oils, peppermint as well as lemongrass, because they have a strong scent that repels flies.

Things you’ll need:

  • Water – 1 cup
  • Liquid dish soap, diluted – 2 tablespoons
  • Peppermint essential oil (essential oil repels flies) – 10 to 12 drops
  • Lemongrass essential oil (fly repellent) – 10 to 12 drops
  • Spray bottle

Step 1. Pour dish soap and water in a spray bottle

  • Pour 1 cup of water into a spray bottle.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of diluted liquid dish soap into the bottle.

Step 2. Add essential oils to it

  • Add 10 to 12 drops of peppermint essential oil to the spray bottle.
  • Add in 10 to 12 drops of lemongrass essential oil after that.
  • Close the bottle and shake it well to mix all the ingredients well.

Spray your whole house to deter flies and keep them from entering in the first place. Spray it on every 2 weeks as a preventive measure.

Method 3: Use Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender can also be used to remove flies.

Use the oil in a sponge because it will keep its potency and makes the setup spill-proof.

Things you’ll need:

  • Lavender essential oil (its strong scent keep the flies away)
  • Sponge
  • Jar or can with a lid

Step 1. Apply lavender oil on the sponge

  • First, apply several drops of lavender essential oil on the sponge so that it smells strongly.

Step 2. Place the lavender-scented sponge into the jar

  • Put the lavender-scented sponge into the jar and put on the lid tightly.
  • Leaved it covered for several hours or overnight. The smell should come out in a concentrated form when you open the jar.

Put this kind of prepared jar with its lid slightly open wherever you need to. The strong scent will drive away the flies. When you notice that the smell fades away, put more oil.

Method 4: Use Cloves and Lemon

  • Cloves posses a subtle scent that flies detest. When you combine it with lemon, you’ll get an all-natural fly repellent that’s as effective as it is safe.
  • Use it anywhere you need to. This option is the safest one to use near food.

Things you’ll need:

  • Lemon (natural bug deterrent)
  • Cloves (flies detest the scent of cloves)

Single-Step Treatment: Insert cloves into the pulp of the lemon

  • Cut a fresh lemon into halves.
  • Stick the cloves into the pulp of the lemon halves, while you’re keeping the bulbs on the surface.

Put it on the table where you eat and the flies will go away!


  • Wash the Mason jar or glass bowl with hot soapy water before you decide to use it again.
  • Clean the bowls where you’ll use rotting fruits because they’ll start to smell disgusting in time.
  • Plant peppermint, lavender and lemongrass around your house, if you can.
  • Make a potpourri of the dry herbs of lavender, lemongrass and peppermint and you’ll deter flies effectively.
  • You can also use citronella and eucalyptus essential oils to keep flies, but also other insects away from your home!