Intense heat can lead to our homes being infested with flies
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Intense heat can lead to our homes being infested with flies, wasps, and bees. But as we all know, we’re not meant to kill the creatures. Fortunately for us, insects have now issued a guide on how to give flying pests the swerve without using nasty chemicals. In fact, all you need are natural plants.
Flies really don’t like basil or mint, it's turned out. They loathe pungent herbs too, so perhaps a few on the window sills wouldn’t go amiss. It’s a super cheap tactic too - you can buy the plants for as little as 65p, Yorkshire Live reports. Polly Shearer, cleaning expert said: “The UK is predicted to experience a heatwave this week, with some places expected to see temperatures reaching 34°C.
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“The heat causes an increase in flies and means that house flies are more likely to multiply in hot weather! This could see tens of thousands of flies buzzing around BBQs and kitchens in the UK this week. We recommend using preventative measures to stop flies and insects breeding in your kitchen this summer.”
The best ways to avoid these are as follows:
1. Make your own natural fly deterrent spray
Flies can’t stand the smell of things like lemongrass and mint, so a few drops of those oils and adding them to water will keep your house fly free. Give your kitchen a few squirts in the day and it should keep the pests away.
2. Store fizzy drinks in your fridge and wipe any spills immediately
Fruit flies are drawn to water carbonated drinks’ carbon dioxide, so wipe away any spillages IMMEDIATELY.
3. Keep your kitchen bin dry with baking soda
Whatever’s in the bin will begin rotting in the heat, thus attracting critters like flies and maggots. So make sure you change the bag regularly, and sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of it before doing so as it will soak up smells and liquids.
4. Don’t leave dirty dishes by the sink
Leaving dishes by the sink when it’s baking hot will attract flies as they fester. Wash your dishes as soon as possible after eating to avoid flies laying eggs on them.
5. Keep leftovers fully sealed in storage bags and tubs
If you haven’t finished everything in front of you, fear not. As long as you’ve put your left overs in a tupperware box then you should be all fine, as flies like to lay eggs in warmer temperatures - such as cooked food.
6. Use apple cider vinegar costing as little as 80p to deter fruit flies
People often end up not eating the fruit touched by fruit flies in their kitchen, which leads to more waste. If your kitchen has fruit flies, you should half fill a glass with apple cider vinegar and cover it with cling film and poke small holes into the cling film.
This should attract the fruit flies to enter the glass and you can then let them free outside of your home. It’s also important to store your fruit in the fridge to prevent flies from returning.
7. Keep a basil plant in your kitchen to ward off flies
The herb basil is known to repel flies and mosquitoes, making it a great kitchen plant option. Not only will it stop flies, it's also great for delicious dishes.
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