Here, we will be using at using lavender for fly control.
Flies are considered a nuisance to have around and are also filthy insects due to the decaying matter they feed on.
Examples of such decaying matter include feces, fruits, and any other type of organic waste lying around your surroundings. More problematic are the germs they spread around.
Using Lavender For Flies
Flies can easily distribute germs and bacteria as well.
Bacteria causing several diseases like tuberculosis, typhoid, anthrax, cholera, and dysentery are quite common with flies.
Now, the focus is to either repel or kill these flies. Most people will be satisfied with either of these.
More often than not, homeowners have a preference for safe and natural fly treatments. The same extends to other types of pest issues.
Lavender easily falls into natural treatments as it has no side effects when used. The desire for natural treatments in no way affirms the efficacy of lavender as a fly treatment.
Instead, it only shows a trend on the possible use of lavender for pest treatment.
Asides from pest control, lavender has a lot of health benefits including being an aromatherapy treatment, improving skin and hair condition, serving as a sleep aid, and potential cancer and dementia help.
All of these uses and more are enjoyed from lavender. As a versatile product, there’s little wonder why it will be considered for fly control.
Can I Repel or Kill Flies With Lavender?
Lavender will repel flies when applied correctly.
Notice that we’ve said nothing about whether it exterminates these pests or not. That’s because there is no solid proof about its exterminating effect.
Nevertheless, its repellent properties will serve just fine for a lot of people.
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Whether planted around the home or using dried lavender plants or its essential oil, the repellent effect is pretty much the same on flies. For the most part, lavender is widely recognized for its pleasant scent.
However, while this scent may be appealing to humans, a lot of insect pests detest it. This is quite interesting as it serves your aromatherapy needs while driving away nuisances like flies.
Basically, lavender makes your surroundings unappealing to flies.
How Lavender Works
While the ready explanation for the repellent effect of lavender will be about its scent, such explanations say little about possible reasons for such fragrance.
Linalool is a compound contained within lavender oil that gives it its characteristic scent.
Some researchers about its efficacy have attributed such effects to the linalool compound that gives it as much as 95% repellent effect on certain insects like mosquitoes.
The plant or oil only needs to be grown close or sprayed around your surroundings. Spraying its oil does a lot of good as it refreshes your surroundings while keeping off annoying bugs.
Be More Focused on Fly Prevention
For any pest problem, you have to think in terms of addressing the causes rather than just the effects. There are certain attractions that flies find irresistible.
As long as such attractions are around, the efficacy of your lavender treatments will only be short-lived. You’ll need to do more than mere superficial treatments.
Excluding Fly Attractions
You must adopt preventive fly treatments to keep your surroundings free of these pests. Flies are attracted to a wide variety of things.
When you find these insects flying around, and within your home, any of these conditions (attractions) may be present.
Depending on the fly species, attractions may differ. For the common fly or house fly, ready attractions include decaying organic filth (including feces and pet waste, etc).
Other house fly attractions include rotting meat and garbage.
Fruit flies (also found in homes) are attracted to sugar syrups, fermenting liquids, as well as rotten and overripe fruits, potatoes, and onion among others.
The attraction is quite different for drain flies. These flies get attracted to decaying vegetation, organic decomposing moist matter in drains, as well as light.
Cluster flies will get attracted to the warm parts or sections of a building, moist soils, garbage, and light. The particular fly variety will have a particular type of attraction.
Excluding or eliminating these attractions will be a more comprehensive method of treatment than using lavender.
Repelling Flies with Lavender Vs Masking the Smell of Organic Matter
Certain important points cannot be overstated.
To make things clearer, the most reliable treatment approach will have to be clearly stated. Lavender itself is a fly repellent. However, it also doubles as aromatherapy.
The right approach will be to apply it towards achieving these objectives.
However, lavender cannot be used to mask the smell of decaying organic matter. That’s the wrong way to use this essential oil.
First, have these decaying matters removed from your surroundings to make your lavender treatments more effective.
Combining Both Preventive and Repellent Treatments
Your best bet of gaining the upper hand in your battle against flies is by adopting both preventive and repellent treatments. Preventive treatments require stepping up your hygiene conditions.
Never allow animal waste as well as fallen and overripe fruits to lie on the ground.
What more? You’ll need to cover all foods and clean up all food crumbs and spills on your floor. Also, consider doing your dishes and never leaving them to remain for too long in your sink.
Your garbage can should be emptied and cleaned frequently.
The more filth it accumulates, the greater the attraction for flies.
Have the garbage can washed fortnightly or monthly. There’s no rule to the frequency of washing. It all boils down to whether it’s put to heavy use or not.
You’ll need to also have screens installed on your windows.
This significantly cuts down fly presence in your home by a lot. All of these preventive actions coupled with lavender use will be of great help in keeping these pests at bay.
Lavender Treatments cannot be solely relied on
Although lavender will repel flies, it’s not a comprehensive way to handle a fly infestation. It’s best to adopt multiple treatment approaches including trusted natural methods of fly extermination.
Lavender will repel flies but won’t kill them. This is because its extermination effects aren’t proven. Nevertheless, its repellent effect will suffice for most people.