A 65p plant from Asda could keep your house fly-free this summer

One heatwave is over, but more could follow this summer. And while that’s good news for sunbathers, it can be bad news if your house is infested with flies.

In these environmentally conscious times, people are striving to find ways to protect their homes from the dirty little invaders that don’t use chemicals and that are natural. And one option involves using the herbs basil or mint, which can easily be placed near doors and windows.

You can buy basil or mint plants for as little as 65p from Asda or £1.30 from Ocado, or around £1 from most good garden centres, reports YorkshireLive. The top tip comes from the experts at Tap Warehouse, who revealed how to keep flies from invading your kitchen this summer.

Polly Shearer, cleaning expert, said of rising temperatures: “The heat causes an increase in flies and means houseflies are more likely to breed in hot weather.”

She added: “We recommend taking preventive measures this summer to stop flies and insects from proliferating in your kitchen.”

1. Make your own natural fly repellent spray

Flies hate the smell of essential oils like mint, lemongrass and lavender. You can make your own natural fly repellent spray by adding a few drops of any of these oils to a spray bottle of water. We recommend lavender so that the spray also smells fresh in your kitchen.

Just spray the natural remedy around your kitchen throughout the day and it should keep flies from entering.

2. Keep your kitchen trash can dry with baking soda

Whatever you throw in your trash can will rot, but this process speeds up in the summer months due to the warmer weather. This attracts flies, insects and maggots, so it’s important to clean and empty your bin more frequently during the summer.

A great trick is to sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trash can before putting a new trash bag in it. The baking soda should absorb any odors and liquids that come out of the bag.

3. Store fizzy drinks in your refrigerator and wipe up spills immediately

Fruit flies are attracted to the carbon dioxide in carbonated drinks. Leaving out these drinks can allow your kitchen fruit flies to congregate around the area, especially if there is a spill.

Be sure to wipe up spills and clean the bottles to prevent fruit flies from being attracted to them. You can also keep your fizzy drinks in the fridge to keep fruit flies away from them.

4. Do not leave dirty dishes near the sink

In the busy summer months, especially around school holidays, it can be difficult to find the time to wash dirty dishes. However, leaving dishes at the sink to wash will attract flies.

We recommend washing your dishes as soon as possible in the summer to prevent flies from contaminating your dishes with bacteria and even laying eggs on them.

5. Store leftovers in storage bags and tubs, fully sealed

Flies like to lay their eggs in places with warmer temperatures, so don’t leave food scraps uncovered while cooling.

Instead, place the leftovers in a bag or tub that can be fully sealed to prevent flies from touching the food.

6. Use apple cider vinegar, which only costs 80p, to deter fruit flies

Fruit flies in summer can wreak havoc in your kitchen, often leading to food waste because people don’t want to eat fruit touched by flies. If you have fruit flies in your kitchen, you should fill a jar halfway with apple cider vinegar and cover it with cling film and poke small holes in the cling film.

This should lure the fruit flies into entering the jar, and you can then release them outside of your home. It’s also important to keep your fruit in the fridge to prevent flies from returning.

7. Keep a basil plant in your kitchen to repel flies

The herb basil is known to repel flies and mosquitoes, making it a great option for kitchen plants. Not only will it stop flies, it’s great to use in many recipes! And of course – do not kill!

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