I. Hate. Flies.
No, seriously. I hate flies. I’d rather deal with bees. Or spiders. Or small dark places. Or even toilets.
So, when I heard I could put a bag of water in my doorway and the flies would keep out of my kitchen, I thought, “Hey. Why not!”
The idea behind this simple “fly repellent” is such: as the fly approaches the bag of water, they will see the reflection of light in it. Because of the way a fly’s eyes work, they interpret that changing reflection as movement, and will turn away, thinking there is a predator or hostile beast (like my cat, Scooter). And flies are tiny, defenseless bugs. They don’t want to be squished. So they flee.
Does it work? I put the bag up in my kitchen doorway and left the light on in the kitchen as dusk approached. Typically a slew of flies come in when I do this. So far: none.
Worse than common household flies, however, are fruit flies. They are disgusting. And tiny. And exist in droves. And impossible to kill.
But…you can trap them!
Put some apple cider vinegar in a bowl. You don’t want distilled vinegar; get the raw stuff. Put saran wrap or a plastic baggie over the top of the bowl & secure it in place with an elastic. Then poke a few holes in the plastic. The fruit flies will be attracted to the aroma of the vinegar and crawl into the holes to access it, but they won’t be able to find their way out, so they’ll drown.
After 2 days of having our fruit fly trap out, there are NO fruit flies left in our kitchen. I know. Ah-may-zing. This is the closest thing to magic I know how to do.
Do you know any tips for killing off flies or other bugs while maintaining a green, chemical free, non-toxic home?