6 Essential Oils To Never See Flies At Home Again

In summer, we take our vacations while the flies are back in action. After a whole winter of hibernation, these undesirables are back and poisoning our lives. Therefore, we multiply the anti-fly traps and the natural or chemical insecticides. We also take care to keep the trash clean by cleaning it with white vinegar and not leaving food lying around. Nevertheless, not everyone knows that essential oils are among the best repellents for fighting harmful flies. Their antibacterial and antiviral properties help to sanitize the home and their repellent qualities drive away various insects. Here are the essential oils to be used in diffusion or pulverization to move away the flies.

1) The queen of essential oils also works on flies

huile essentielle de lavande

True lavender essential oil is one of the best remedies for relief when you get bitten. But more than that, lavender smells are great for scaring away flies and repelling many bugs. Whether massaged on the skin or diffused, you can enjoy its soothing properties while managing to chase away flies. The ideal remains to soak a cloth with oil then to let impregnate the whole in a closed jar during 24 hours. Then, remove the lid and put the jar in a room where the infestation of flying insects is stronger.

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2) Citronella for a double action on flies and mosquitoes

huile essentielle citronnelle moustiques

You thought it was just good for chasing away mosquitoes? Well, citronella essential oil is also very effective against flies. In fact, many small animals can’t stand its powerful smell. You can diffuse it or apply it to yourself in a massage. Alternatively, place a few drops on cotton balls or porous pebbles on windowsills and other strategic locations. It is also possible to mix 12 drops with 60 ml of hot water. Spray it in your rooms to prevent the arrival of pests or to make them flee in a hurry.

3) Mint and basil, very aromatic anti-fly essential oils

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Peppermint essential oil has a fresh scent that is loved by humans, but hated by insects. Its menthol has powerful repellent properties on flies. As for basil, it is a well-known insect repellent due to its richness in linalool and its aromatic molecules. Your grandmother used to spread basil leaves everywhere to take advantage of this effect! The essential oil of exotic basil thus offers a concentrate of powerful assets to get rid of flies. Note that these anti-fly essential oils are both best used in diffusion. However, they are never used alone, but always in synergy. Think of associating them both with other essential oils, and why not with other repellent oils present in this list?

4 ) Rose geranium, another powerful repellent

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Having rose geranium planters is one of those well-known tips and tricks to keep mosquitoes and insects out of a home. However, the rose geranium essential oil that comes from it is also very recommended for this purpose. Moreover, it can be diffused as well as applied on oneself. Nevertheless, the most practical is to dilute 8 drops in 10 ml of hot water. You will then have a ready-to-use mixture to diffuse everywhere in your house.

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5) One of the best essential oils against mosquitoes also works on flies

eucalyptus citronné

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is the number one enemy of mosquitoes. Nevertheless, the fly doesn’t have it in its heart either! To keep flies away, put 12 drops on ribbons or strips of fabric. You will have only to hang them at the entrances of the house: windows, doors…

6) How to use these essential oils in diffusion or in radical synergy against flies?

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When diffusing, do not exceed 15 or 20 minutes in a row. Also avoid diffusing in a room where there is a baby or an asthmatic person. Ideally, if you want to treat a child’s room against mosquitoes and flies, do it when he is not there! Do it for a maximum of 5 minutes so as not to irritate your little one’s airways. For an application on the skin, remember to dilute them in a vegetable oil of your choice (coconut, sweet almond, grape seed, etc.). Want to use a super powerful spray? Here is the synergy to use:

The recipe for the anti-fly essential oil spray

12 drops of essential oil (EO) of lemongrass Java
12 drops of lavender EO
3 drops of exotic basil EO
3 drops of peppermint EO

In a 15 ml spray, pour the essential oils respecting the dosages. Then complete with alcohol at 70 or 90 ° C, about 14ml of alcohol. Shake well and it is ready! You just have to spray 4 to 6 times in a room. And above all, leave the windows open so that the flies can escape!

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Remember that pregnant women (especially during the first 3 months of pregnancy), nursing mothers and young children cannot use essential oils. Find out about the contraindications of each one before applying it to yourself.


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