To deter flies outdoors, remove any water or food sources that may attract the pests, and apply an insecticide to the areas where flies are most populous. Some natural products, such as basil and camphor, also repel flies.Continue Reading
Attractants include water sources, animals, animal waste and garbage bins. Remove these items to eliminate a large portion of the flies in the area. After removing potential breeding grounds for the pests, apply insecticide granules. The granules dissolve slowly, and they may require a reapplication after heavy rains. Do not use insecticides in areas where animals or children can reach the insecticide, and use only the amount recommended on the product packaging to prevent accidental contamination of the surrounding property.
Natural fly deterrents include basil, camphor and essential oils. Plant basil around picnic areas, for instance, and around the perimeter of chicken coops or other animal enclosures to help reduce flies. Camphor incense is a resin that is burned over small charcoal tablets to repel flies, while essential oil can be diluted and used as a spray.
To make a fly repellent with essential oils, mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, and add a teaspoon of eucalyptus oil and citronella essential oil. Mix the spray thoroughly before use, and spray around outdoors areas to deter flies. A similar solution that contains 1 to 2 percent essential oils can be sprayed on socks and boots to repel flies.Learn more about Pest Control
To get rid of scorpions in the home, remove all clutter from indoor and outdoor spaces, seal any cracks in the home's walls or foundation, eliminate other pests that serve as food sources for scorpions and set commercial traps to capture or kill them. Scorpions are nocturnal arachnids that pose a danger to people because of their stingers.Full Answer >
To repel flies, install fly traps and baits around the home, prevent the build-up of garbage or insect food sources and use sprays or misting systems. Since flies are attracted to food sources, eliminating attractants is the best way to repel them from a home or workplace.Full Answer >
The Humane Society of the United States advocates removing food sources, scattering pigeon birth control, covering large areas in netting and preventing pigeons from nesting to control the population. They describe several methods for preventing pigeons from roosting and nesting.Full Answer >
Get rid of mice by setting poisons around the house; killing them using food baits and spring-loaded traps; capturing them with live-catch traps or glue traps and removing them by hand; driving them out by removing all food and water sources; or repelling them with natural animal predators like cats or mouse catcher dogs. Another method is the use of a chemical or natural spray or an electronic repelling device.Full Answer >