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 properties drive away various insects. Here are the essential oils to be used in diffusion or pulverization to move away the flies.
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1. The queen of essential oils also works on flies
True lavender essential oil is one of the best remedies for relief when you get stung. But in addition, the scent of lavender is ideal 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.
2. Lemongrass for a double action against flies and mosquitoes
You thought it was only good for chasing away mosquitoes? However, the lemongrass essential oil is also very effective against the flies. In fact, many small animals do not tolerate 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 harmful insects or make them flee in a hurry.
3. Mint and basil, very aromatic anti-fly essential oils
Peppermint essential oil has a fresh smell that is appreciated 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 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
Having rose geranium planters is one of those well-known tricks to prevent mosquitoes and insects from entering a house. However, the essential oil of rose geranium 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 have a ready-to-use mixture to diffuse everywhere in your house.
5. One of the best essential oils against mosquitoes also works on flies
The essential oil of lemon eucalyptus is the number one enemy of mosquitoes. Nevertheless, the fly does not carry it in its heart either! To keep flies away, pour 12 drops on ribbons or strips of fabric. You will have only to hang them at the entrances of the house: windows, doors…
How to use these essential oils in diffusion or in radical synergy against flies?
In diffusion, 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 of the anti-fly essential oil spray
- 12 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- 12 drops of fine lavender essential oil
- 3 drops of basil essential oil
- 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
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!
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.