I’m a cleaning expert – my cheap hacks will keep flies out of your house during the summer and away from your food too

As barbecue season rolls around, it’s important to note that houseflies are more likely to breed in hot weather.

As you prepare for summer fun, you’ll want to make sure to keep unwanted visitors at bay.

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Cleaning expert Polly Shearer has revealed the best way to rid your home of flies during the summerCredit: Getty
Dishes with leftover bits will attract flies, and they may also lay eggs on your plates.

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Dishes with leftover bits will attract flies, and they may also lay eggs on your plates.Credit: Getty

Turning to advice from Polly Shearer, a cleaning expert at Tap Warehouse, The star of the day explained how to banish flies on much warmer days.

MAKE YOUR OWN SPRAY

DIY an essential oil spray. We say that flies are not fans of essential oils like lavender, lemongrass and mint, so it’s a foolproof method.

Simply mix any of these essential oils with water and put it in a spray bottle. With this you will be able to ward off annoying flies that may be lingering.

Additionally, lavender has been noted to make your home smell amazing.

Be sure to spray your mixture around the kitchen and all dining areas several times a day.

STAY AWAY FROM CARBONATED DRINKS

Flies can be attracted to the carbon dioxide in soft drinks.

To combat this problem, place your open pop cans in the refrigerator. If any do manage to spill, be sure to clean them up immediately.

This will prevent flies from congregating.

PUT SODIUM BICARBONATE IN YOUR GARBAGE

With the scorching heat of summer, it’s no wonder food breaks down faster when it’s in the trash. This will attract flies, so clean out your trash can as much as possible to avoid this possibility.

A dab of baking soda in the bottom of your trash can just before putting in a new bag will absorb liquids and odors, also preventing flies from lingering.

WASH YOUR DISHES

With sunny days, it is imperative to wash your dishes.

Dishes with leftovers will attract flies and they may also lay eggs on your plates.

PROPERLY STORE YOUR LEFTOVERS

Since flies like to lay their eggs in warmer places, your leftovers could shelter them.

That said, you shouldn’t leave leftovers out in the open. Store them properly to make sure flies don’t take over.

USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Pour the apple cider vinegar into a glass, filling it halfway. Cover it with cling film and poke holes in the top.

Fruit flies will likely be attracted to the glass and you can release them outside later.

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