Love spending time on your porch?
It can be particularly relaxing during sunny weather especially if you live in a place with limited outdoor space. But this experience can be damped by the presence of flies on your porch. Fruit flies, house flies, horse flies, whiteflies, and biting black flies are just some of the fly pests most homeowners grapple with. Not only are they a nuisance, but some of them also carry diseases. This is why it’s important to take a proactive approach towards keeping flies away. Here’s a guide on how to keep flies away from porch.
1. Using a Fly Zapper
Get a UV light trap for your porch. It lures flies and other insects into the glowing grid where they get killed by electric shock. Make sure to get the outdoor version of the zapper and place it about 4 to 6 feet above the ground. Avoid putting it next to a door or window since it could lure flies into the house. You’ll have to do a bit of cleaning every now and then since outdoor zappers allow the dead flies to drop to the ground.
2. Camphor or Citronella Smoke
Flies hate camphor and citronella smoke. This is why they’re an effective way to keep them away from your porch. Light a piece of camphor or a citronella candle and place it strategically on your porch when you’re using it. The smoke will help to ward off flies.
3. Plastic Bag with Water
Sounds absurd, right? Well, it does work, and that’s what’s important. Half fill a plastic bag with water and hang it somewhere on your porch. This helps keep flies away during the daytime since the water reflects light in many different directions and interferes with their vision. Flies have about 8000 lenses in each eye and stray light reflections from the water only disorient them and make it hard for them to see clearly.
4. A Fan
Install a fan on your porch. This is a great way to keep flies at bay in the outdoors. Set it about 4 to 6 feet above the ground. If you have a floor standing fan, you might want to raise it to this height. The air currents created by the fan will keep flies away.
5. Wine or Vinegar Trap
Gnats and fruit flies are attracted to fruit and fermented products like vinegar and wine. You can make a simple fruit fly trap by using apple cider vinegar or leftover wine. Take an empty jar or bowl and pour in some apple cider vinegar and then strategically place it on your porch. Cover the opening using a plastic wrap and punch some holes on it. The vinegar will draw in flies through the holes but they won’t be able to make their way out.
6. Sugar Water
Instead of using vinegar or wine in the trap above, replace it with sugar water. Some flies love sugar and this will make the perfect trap for them.
7. Milk, Sugar, and Pepper Fly Trap
Fruit flies love this milk solution. It has been used for many years all over the world to trap these pesky flies. They suffocate and drown immediately when they land on the surface of the solution. Mix one cup of milk, a tablespoon of sugar, and a tablespoon of ground black pepper in a cooking pot. Let the solution simmer for about 10 minutes and then pour into a bowl. Place the bowl somewhere on your pouch.
8. Fly Vacuum
You can catch flies with a fly vacuum. While you could always use a normal vacuum, it is not very effective since the flies tend to fly out the minute you switch off the device. There are special hand-held vacuums designed for catching flies. They come with a trap door that makes it impossible for the flies to get out once they’ve been caught. Have the vacuum in hand whenever you’re seated on your porch and turn it on whenever flies start milling around.
9. Fly Paper
Fly tape or fly paper is a roll of paper coated with glue and a solution that attracts flies. Flies stick onto the paper whenever they land on it. This is an excellent way to get rid of gnats on your porch. It’s both simple and effective. Make sure to hang the fly paper where flies usually congregate. You can even place several rolls and different points on your porch. Remember to replace the rolls regularly especially if there’s a large population of flies.
You can make your own fly paper using kraft paper and some corn syrup. Boil a mixture of corn syrup and water for a few minutes. Cut some kraft paper into strips and soak them into the resulting syrup for about 4 hours. Remove the strips and hang them to dry for up to 3 hours. They’re now ready to use.
10. Boiled Malt Vinegar
While most flies are attracted by apple cider vinegar, it’s not so with malt vinegar. They cannot tolerate it. Boil some malt vinegar and pour it into a bowl and carry it with you whenever you’re using your porch. Let it sit somewhere strategic on your porch. The flies will flee.
11. Pheromone Traps
Wondering how to keep flies away from porch? Why not try pheromone traps? These traps use powerful sexual hormones to attract flies and trap them. The only downside to using these traps is that they can only stave off flies of one gender.
12. Electronic Fly Swatter
If you’ve seen a bug zapper, then you’ll understand the workings of the electronic fly swatter. The only difference is that fly swatter doesn’t lure the bug in. Instead, you’re supposed to swat the flies to deliver the electronic shock upon contact with the fly. The best thing about this tool is that you don’t have to wait for the flies to land. You can swat them while they’re in the air.
13. Fly Gun
This is a fun way to get rid of flies. It involves shooting a plastic projectile to swat the flies. You’re supposed to hit the flies with the round disc on the projectile. It can take a bit of practice to get used to this. You might want to use a fly swatter if you find it a bit hard to use.
14. Bug-a-Salt Rifle
This is a nifty way to get rid of flies while having fun. It can be particularly handy when you’re hanging out with the kids on the porch. Have the kids load the rifle with table salt and shoot at flies. The bug-a-salt rifle can be used on all sorts of insects. It’s safe to use and won’t destroy your porch furniture.
15. Traditional Fly Swatter
If you’re more old-fashioned, then a fly swatter will come in handy when you want to get rid of flies on your porch. It does take a bit of practice to get things right. You’ll have to stand ready with the fly swatter whenever a fly lands on a hard surface. Swing hard to hit the fly to kill it.
16. Diatomaceous Earth
The particles of diatomaceous earth kill insects by creating tiny cuts that damage the exoskeleton. This is one of the safest natural ways to kill and keep flies away. Pour some diatomaceous earth into a squirt bottle and sprinkle some onto the plants on your porch and other areas where flies settle. This will be enough to kill flies and any other insects invading your porch.
17. Carnivorous Plants
If your fly infestation is not large, you might want to look into carnivorous plants. Plant a few sundew or Venus Fly Trap plants on your porch for slow but steady eradication of flies.
If you need help making your porch more appealing, get in touch with professionals at Royal Decks for tips on how to go about it.