There are certain herbs and trees that flies just cannot stand. These are usually quite aromatic and pleasant to the human nose, some of which we even use for cooking. To make sure pesky flies stay away from your home, consider planting some of the below mentioned natural herbs in a pot near your doorway. You can also simply plant them outdoors and enjoy outdoor dinners without any annoying bugs around.
If, however, you cannot plant these herbs or you live in an apartment, dry basil and mint will also help do the trick. Just place them in little bags and hang them outside or inside. Some herbs to try are:
Flies hate strong and fresh scents, something that peppermint does better than any other herb. Its a beautiful herb that takes minimum care, making a great addition to your home.
2. Lemon balm
Also known as Horsemint, this herb has a strong citrusy scent and is very easy to grow, requiring even less care than peppermint.
3. Citronella grass
Citronella is one of the most effective herbs in repelling flies; however, it doesn’t like the cold and is very sensitive to it, needing about 6 hours of sun each day. Most mosquito repellents are made with citronella.
Basil has a strong, fresh, and somewhat sweet smell. Its effective in repelling flies and mosquitoes, but as you may also know, it is also great for cooking and preparing pesto.
Thyme is a very easy-to-grow herb and a powerful mosquito and fly repellent. Great for culinary purposes, you can also find it in its dried form in most stores.
Rosemary’s purpose is to not only make your chicken taste fantastic but also to be a powerful fly and bug repellent. It’s simple to plant and very resistant to cold and dryness.
Lavender has amazing relaxing properties, and is also used in the commercial manufacturing of mosquito and fly repellent. Lavender has a strong bush, so you can either grow it directly in soil or a pot. It also works if you dry the flower, put it in a little bag, and place it indoors.
Some people say that if you have a puffy nose, smelling a eucalyptus leaf will give you some relief. This may be true to humans, but bugs hate it! It may also be the easiest tree to grow here.
9. Tea tree
The tea tree works wonders in keeping mosquitoes and flies away, but its leaf also provides relief for people who have been bitten and are suffering from the typical itching of a bite.
So, these were some of the common herbs that are helpful in keeping the pesky flies away from your home. If you are dealing with a severe fly infestation and want professional assistance to deal with the problem, rely on our pest controllers at ASM Pest Control.