How to keep flies out of your home in a heatwave

As hot temperatures continue across Liverpool many of us have opened our windows and doors to keep cool.

But along with the air, flies and other insects have also entered out homes, flying around and creating lots of annoying buzzing.

However there are simple things you can do to keep the bugs from entering your house.

From candles, coins and water, to more lethal methods, there are many cheap and easy ways to get rid of flies in your home and prevent them coming back – reports Hull Live.

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Here are just some of the best ways to keep bugs away from your home.

Fly swat

This is known to many as something that was often found in their grandparent's house – and yes – it does still exist. With the fly swat, make sure you are still on guard and keep swatting.

Citronella candles

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These come in handy if you're having a BBQ or eating outside.

Citronella candles are known for repelling mosquitos but they are also handy for getting rid of flies and other bugs.

Flies don't like the smoke or the scent of the candles so lighting one will encourage them to move on.

They usually need to be lit for around half an hour to prove effective, but they are good to use both inside and outside the house.

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Lemon and Cloves

People have also said that you can make your own deterrent.

This technique is based on opinion, rather than actual research, but people have suggested that stuffing a lemon with cloves can aid in getting rid of flies.

It is said that if you place whole cloves in half a lemon and place it in a bowl, it will send the flies away. According to theorists, it should start to work after being left for 30 minutes to do its job.

Cucumber

A lot of people enjoy a bit of cooling cucumber in a salad, but according to some blog posts, flies cannot stand the smell of it.

Putting slices of cucumber on top of your rubbish bags is said to deter them away from rubbish, which is a handy thing to know in the summer sun.

Cayenne pepper

According to the Home Remedy Shop, Cayenne pepper is another thing flies cannot stand.

You can make your own deterrent by mixing some of it with water that can be used in both the home and the garden.

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Basil

While some of us love a good pesto, flies do not get on well with the scent of basil, according to a gardening website. Apparently, they hate it so much they will not even go near the herb so planting basil is a good way to put them off.

Make a trap

According to Good Housekeeping it is easy to make your own fly trap with vinegar.

All you have to do is fill a shallow dish with an inch of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of sugar. Then add some dish soap that smells like fruit.

If you leave the dish uncovered it will attract the flies before trapping them.

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