Plants flies hate

Flies must be the most irritating insects on earth. Even if you don’t suffer from Pteronarcophobia (fear of flies), the annoying buzzing in and around your house can get many people going into a veritable rage.

“Besides being annoying, flies can carry disease so it makes sense to do whatever you can to keep them at bay,” says Nick Stodels, MD of Stodels Nurseries.

“Although they are hard to deter there are some plants that flies hate – Basil is one of them.  Basil leaves release a subtle fragrance that flies loathe.  Place pots of basil in sunny fly infested areas, near doorways and your outdoor entertainment area. Dried basil works well too, put the leaves into a muslin bag and hang in strategic areas.”

5 Plants flies hate

Here are five other plants that will encourage flies to buzz off:

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  • Bay – Although not always readily available, this herb produces a subtle scent that flies hate – as do moths, roaches, earwigs and mice. Grow fresh bay plants in infested areas but dried bay leaves work equally as well.
  • Lavender – We might think it has a heavenly scent but the sweet smell of lavender repels flies and moths. Grow lavender in your garden to repel outdoor flies. For inside, hang some dried lavender near the infested area to discourage flies.
  • Mint – This useful and inexpensive herb can also repel flies whether used fresh or dried. Apart from flies, mint is also helpful against mosquitoes, ants and mice. Keep crushed mint leaves in a shallow bowl to keep flies away. Alternatively, fill a few muslin teabags with dried crushed mint leaves and keep them in the infested areas.
  • Lemon grass – We’ve all seen citronella candles in shops to keep mosquitoes away, well citronella is a natural oil found in lemongrass. This grass has wonderful culinary benefits but is equally useful as a fly repellent.
  • Lemon thyme – This hardy herb is very adaptable and will thrive in your herb garden, a rock garden, a front border or a pot as long as these are in sunny locations. The plant itself will not repel flies, to release its chemicals you must first bruise the leaves. Simply cut off a few stems and rub them between your hands.

You can also try plants such as tandy, rosemary, woodworm and rue to dispel pests. All these herbs and plants will help rid your home of flies while being kind to the environment.

“There are plenty of recipes for homemade oils, vinegar and sprays to get rid of flies but far simpler is to plant pots of herbs, strategically around infested areas, or close to doors and windows.  They will not only be good to look at, smell fabulous (to humans) but also serve two purposes: for cooking and to repel the irritating common old house fly,” says Stodel.

And remember, you can also always look out for the Venus Flytrap – known to lure insects and flies into the jaws of its trap.

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