Certain herbs when kept in a home play a significant role in keeping away flies.
Basil and mint are two such herbs which give out an odor flies detest.
Keep potted mint and basil plants around your home or snip some mint or basil leaves and place in a vase and keep in rooms flies tend to visit.
Lavender is another effective remedy for repelling flies. Keep fresh lavender flowers in rooms prone to flies. If you’re unable to find fresh flowers you can use lavender oil.
How to make Lavender Oil Spray for Fly Control
Find an empty glass spray bottle and fill it with a cup of water. Add 15 drops of lavender oil and shake well till water and oil has mixed well. Then spray rooms susceptible to flies.
How flies transmit germs to food
Some of the places flies breed is in garbage cans and pits including manure piles. Bits of garbage and manure will get attached to their hairy legs which in turn will be transferred to the food it lands on. The fly will also ‘regurgitate’ bits of its ‘last meal onto the surface of wherever it lands.’
Breeding places of flies
- Compost piles
- Septic tanks which are not properly sealed
- Manure (e.g. horse manure, cow manure, pig manure, chicken manure etc)
Diseases caused by flies
- Bacillary dysentery