It was a hot sticky night last night, and as if the heat was not enough to irritate me the flies made an appearance. On my evening walk with the dog I was attacked by a swarm of flies across the fields, it was awful they appeared to be smothering everyone and were worse than those dreadful thunder flies. As soon as I got home, coughing and spluttering, I found a couple of flies in the house. They were those annoying fast flies that you struggle to catch to swat. I hate them, absolutely hate them. But I also hate the toxic fly sprays that you can get on the market. Today I shall be investing in an electric fly bat, but last night I thought I would try and concoct a homemade spray that would knock them for six. Guess what? I think I may have found a solution which paralyses them enough to be able to kill them. Previously I was trying to swat them with an old magazine and I looked as if I was practising (badly I might add) for Wimbledon.
I know flies hate the following, amongst a few other things:-
- Tea Tree Oil
So I had one of those small travel sprays and so into the container part I placed a lump of soap, enough hot water, about 8 cloves and around 10 drops of tea tree oil. I then placed the nozzle on and shook it well to combine. It was not long before one of those chunky flies came for a visit. A few good squirts and I found that it could not fly very well and crawled lifelessly on the floor. Ah bless it … not. So I was then removed it with tissue. I have not let them hang around long enough to see if it renders them dead, as I go in for the kill at the stage where they are too numb to really move. It may take a few squirts, but who cares? The liquid does not look very pleasant and it is not the greatest of aromas. Tea tree oil is not only good for many other ailments and issues such as killing head lice on children, it is now on my list for helping to paralyse flies. I would also add that no more flies came in afterwards. I would love to hear if you have tried any way of getting rid of them, without sticky tape (I cannot bare to see them hung on those strips dead). Send me a message and I can then add it to this post.
Happy fly swatting!