There are so many flies inside here at the moment, I’m looking for a natural, non-chemical way to deal with them? Also, something for ants? I used to use the mortein intermittent wall sprays, but am ridding our home of chemicals. Does anyone have any suggestions?


Posted by susief, 29th March 2014


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  • I have used little pots, with lavender and mint planted. The insects hate that.



  • borax mixed with honey works good



  • Borax mixed with honey in little pots for the ants. venus fly traps for the flies…they also beautiful wen they flower.



  • mint is the best – I grow a big pot of it near the door and it keeps the bugs away



  • Get an empty 1 litre spray bottle, put in 100 ml pf white vinegar and 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil, and fill the bottle with water. I had trouble with ants, and someone suggested I try this mix, and it works a treat. Flies & mozzies don’t like it either. It’s a bonus that vinegar is great for cleaning, and the peppermint oil smells great.



  • grow mint around your doors and windows, they dont like the strong smell of mint



  • i have a sonic plug in puts off a sound that as humans we don’t hear seems to do pretty good so far also have used the chemical free lanterns that you hang outside



  • Borax is a great product for insect invasions!



  • I have got the same problem at the moment and I can’t stand flies! I’ve been squatting them which gives me some satisfaction but I will be looking into some herb options for a more permanent solution to stop them coming in!



  • I’ll be looking into the herbs suggestion made here for flies…they drive me nuts!



  • Sticky fly strips ,hung around ,look a bit ugly be works



  • You can buy those catchers from bunnings, you just add water to it. If you hang them outside the flies should no longer come in.



  • A friend of mine told me recently that the mix 1/4 cup of eucalyptus oil with 1/4 cup of home brand dish washing liquid with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. I haven’t tried it yet but will give it ago myself



  • I happy to use a squirt of fly spray every now & again but it seems like the flies are immune to it & I end up using a whole can!! I’m going to try the eucalyptus oil & the envirosafe.



  • I have issues with ants, slater bugs and millipedes in my house. I will use some of these suggestions, they’re so annoying!


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