The 67p houseplant keeping flies out of homes all summer long

Pesky flies are an absolute nightmare during the summer months. Cleaning experts have revealed a little-known trick for keeping pests at bay while enjoying open windows in scorching temperatures.

But help is at hand with the scent of a simple houseplant enough to make sure nuisance visitors “buzz”.

Basil repels flies because they hate the strong smell, so by putting a pot of basil on your windowsill, flies are less likely to enter your home. Mint is also said to repel flies, which is also available in supermarkets for less than £2.

You can get a jar of basil from Aldi for just 67p while Tesco charges £1.30 for a medium sized jar of basil or mint. The cleaning experts at Tap Warehouse have revealed how to keep flies from lingering in your kitchen this summer.

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Polly Shearer, cleaning expert, explains: “Heat causes an increase in flies and means that houseflies are more likely to breed in hot weather! That could see tens of thousands of flies buzzing around barbecues and kitchens this summer.

“We recommend that you use preventative measures to prevent flies and insects from breeding in your kitchen this summer.” Here are some more tips on how to keep flies away from your home:

1. Make your own natural fly spray

Flies hate the smell of essential oils such as lemongrass, lavender and mint. You can make your own natural fly spray by simply adding a few drops of these oils to water in a spray bottle. Lavender is the perfect choice as it leaves the room smelling fresh. Simply spray the natural remedy around your kitchen throughout the day and it should deter flies from entering.

2. Store carbonated drinks in your fridge and wipe up any spills immediately

Fruit flies are attracted to the carbon dioxide in carbonated drinks, so if these drinks are left out, fruit flies in your kitchen may start to congregate around the area, especially if there are spills. Be sure to wipe up any spills and clean the bottles to prevent fruit flies from being attracted to them. You can also store your soft drinks in the fridge to keep them away from fruit flies.

3. Don’t leave dirty dishes near the sink

During the busy summer months, especially school holidays, it can be difficult to find time to wash dirty dishes. However, leaving the dishes to be washed near the sink will attract flies. We advise you to wash your dishes in the summer as soon as possible to prevent flies from contaminating your dishes with bacteria and even laying eggs on them.

4. Use apple cider vinegar to deter fruit flies

Fruit flies in the summer can wreak havoc in your kitchen, often resulting in wasted food as people don’t want to eat fruit affected by the flies. If your kitchen has fruit flies, you should half fill a glass with apple cider vinegar and cover it with cling film and poke small holes in the cling film.

This should attract fruit flies to enter the glass and then you can let them loose outside your home. It is also important to store your fruit in the refrigerator to prevent the return of flies. You can buy a bottle of apple cider vinegar at Tesco for less than a fiver.

5. Keep your kitchen trash can dry with baking soda

Anything you put in your trash will rot, however, this process speeds up in the summer months due to the warmer weather. This will attract flies, bugs and maggots, so it’s important to clean and empty your bin more frequently during the summer.

A good tip is to sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trash can before putting on a new trash bag. The baking soda should absorb odors and liquids that leak out of the bag.

6. Keep Leftovers Fully Sealed in Storage Bags and Bins

Flies like to lay their eggs in places with warmer temperatures, so you shouldn’t leave leftovers uncovered when you let them cool. Instead, place leftovers in a bag or jar that can be completely sealed to prevent flies from touching the food.