Dealing With Flies in the Home

Dealing With Flies in the Home

Adrienne Breaux
May 26, 2010

Maybe we just never noticed them before or perhaps the rumors about this summer really are true, but the flies in our apartment this year are out of control. We're not just talking about the kitchen, either. We've been trying to swat flies in every room of the apartment, and they're getting tougher and tougher to eliminate.

We scoured Apartment Therapy and the internet for the top four ways (excluding bombing your entire home and yard with chemicals) to get rid of these pesky bugs. Here they are in no particular order:

1) The fruit fly jar trap
2) Hanging plastic baggies
3) Increase the weather stripping around doors and windows
4) Fresh basil/mint outside the door

Our plan was to try each of these tricks individually to gauge their effectiveness. So far we've only tried the funnel jar trick. We're less than excited about the results (as in, it hasn't seemed to catch/kill any flies). Have you ever tried any of these four tricks? Did any of them work better than the other? Do you have your own sure-fire fly elimination method? Let us know!

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