I dislike the smell of bug spray. I also dislike the grimy feel of
bug spray. My sister also will not let me wear bug spray when I am babysitting my nephew, and i love being outside where I thought bugs were unavoidable. However, it has recently come to my attention that there are other methods of controlling flies.
Method One: A clear plastic bag filled with water, with a shiny penny inside, hung in the air.
This method will apparently help keep bugs away during the day. Just hang a clear plastic bag filled with water and a shiny penny or two, in an area of the yard where you find flies to be pesky. Its best if the bag is in a sunny area, as it increases the reflection of light off the water, which flies stay away from.
Method 2: Herbs
Herbs like basil, lavender, mint and rosemary have strong aromas which are fly repellants. They also grow easily too, and taste great in foods and drinks. So perhaps try planting a few different planters of herbs around your patio area.
Method 3: Hanging CD’s
Very similarly to the reason why hanging plastic bags filled with water repels flies, some claim that hanging old cds over their sunny patios reflects the sunlight enough to keep flies away.
Let me know what you do to keep flies away !! Also if you like home style products, check out my etsy shop called Beaucycled.