Hosting a party and doing anything in your backyard adds an extra layer of fun and beauty to the event. Because you are out in the open. However, everything has its drawbacks, and doing anything in the backyard has one- being open to fly attacks as well.
If the flies only flew around without bothering you or coming around your food then we humans would have let them be. But, they don’t, do they? That is why we have to know how to get rid of flies in the backyard.
Because not only do they irritate us, they may gross out our neighbors as well. So, let us find out how we can get rid of them in the backyard.
How to get rid of flies in the backyard: The Prevention
Keep the backyard clean.
It is not actually only about the backyard, you have to keep everything you are responsible for clean. Because garbage and accumulated wastes can give rise to flies. Furthermore, these flies may not only haunt your house but will also reach your neighbors.
So, it is best if you try your best to not let waste accumulate and keep everything around clean and don’t let the backyard soak with water.
Do not let water accumulate.
Another place that often gives birth to flies is stagnant water. It may be rain or it may be you watering your garden that led the water to be accumulated. Whatever is the case, it is best if you find a way to not ever let water accumulate and also clean it the moment it does.
Therefore, you won’t have any risk of being the main source of fly supply in the neighborhood.
How to get rid of flies in the backyard: Some Steps
Observe the flies.
The first thing you have to do is check the flies that visit your backyard out and find out what kind of flies are they. Furthermore, you have to observe how many of them visit you, how often and their possible entry points.
This will give you an idea about the background of your target- much like a criminal investigation. The number will give you an idea about how close the source of the fly infestation is. In fact, the greater they are in number- the closer they are to your house. The type of fly will lead you to the correct measure of taking care of them (not feeding but getting rid of them).
Install a fan.
If you are trying to keep the flies away from a particular portion of your backyard, like maybe the table or the barbecue stove then you can use this simple method. Apparently, flies are light beings despite their ability to fly. As a result, they will not go somewhere where the air force is greater than their strength- like around a fan.
Thus, you can use a fan to make the flies fly away from your backyard. But, as you can tell, this is a temporary measure.
No, flies can sense fire and they will not come around the candles but stay far away. But, not as far away as you want them to. Apparently, the candles we are talking about are special. These are scented candles with concentrated oils that spread a scent that flies hate. For example, it may be lemongrass scented candles that drive them away.
So, you can light a few candles around the backyard and enjoy the smell while the flies hate it enough to fly away.
It is not exactly a trap but more of a distraction. You can keep the food that flies look and fly around for together in a section outside your backyard. This way, when the flies are buzzing around looking for food, they go to that certain place.
It may not be very far away from your backyard but it still will not be in your backyard and that is a relief, isn’t it?
You will find chemicals like pesticides and insecticides that will work as a fly-repellent. However, the trouble with such chemicals is that they may have side effects and they may harm the garden or trees in your backyard. But you can consider this option as it is quite easy. Furthermore, if you do not have any tree or garden that you need to protect- this shall bring you no harm.
Kill by swatting.
While this may be a bit gross and improbable, some people find it strangely satisfying to swat flies. You can just use a regular swatter to do the job or you can use the many electric ones available nowadays. But, you will need patience and accuracy to get great results through this method.
Use DIY methods.
It is not only chemicals that can drive the flies away from your backyard. In fact, you can use homemade solutions for the purpose. For example, you can use a solution of sugar and water in a jar with a cone to make it work as a fly trap.
It will attract the flies and they get them stuck there where you can easily get rid of them. Apart from that, you can make strips of clothes that will drive flies away. Well, that is not all you have to do- you have to soak them in essential oils that repel flies and then hang them up around your backyard. This way the flies will think twice, if they even think, before coming to your backyard.
There are many different ways to enjoy life but we often do not just because of a few minor drawbacks. Not relaxing in your backyard because of fly attacks is one such drawback. Therefore, you would rather deal with the flies and enjoy than not enjoy them at all. Plus, a fly in your backyard can enter your house as well.
So, you should get rid of them for once and for all. As you can see, getting rid of them is not such a big deal anyway.