How to Make All-Natural Fly RepellentNothing beats relaxing in your backyard under the cover of an awning — until the flies take over. Soon, no amount of swishing and swatting keeps them from landing on you, your book or your food. Apart from being a nuisance, flies can also carry bacteria and other pathogens. Instead of whipping out the chemicals, keep yourself safe and keep flies at bay with all-natural fly repellents that use essential oils.
What are Essential Oils?According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, essential oils are a plant’s fragrant essences (natural chemical makeup) that have been extracted via steam distillation or mechanical pressing. Essential oils contain natural compounds that plants use as protective measures against insects and other invasive species. Homeowners can use extracted essential oils to their own benefit: successfully deterring flies and other household pests from plants and people.
Essential Oils That Keep Flies AwayThere are a lot of essential oils that smell nice to you, but terrible to flies. Here’s a list of typical essential oils that help keep flies away:
- Tea tree
Where to Place Fly RepellentSet out fly repellent wherever you see flies around your yard. Flies often group together around tables, patios, and exterior doors, but they can show up practically anywhere. Whether placed on tables or hung from porch railings, the fly repellent should be easily accessible for you and the flies.
How to Make Your Own Natural Fly RepellentHere’s a recipe to make your own fly repellent spray:
- 4 oz of distilled water
- 2-3 oz of witch hazel
- 1-2 oz each of hydrosols (floral water), such as lavender or peppermint
- Combined total of 40-50 drops of essential oils (your choice of lavender, thyme, tea tree, citronella, rosemary, mint, patchouli, lemongrass or eucalyptus)
- Tin can with a lid
- 1 oz witch hazel
- 1 oz vegetable oil
- Combined total of 50-60 drops of essential oils, using the options mentioned above
- Clean cloth