A popular spice will help drive away flies in summer

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Flies are not only annoying with their annoying buzzing. These insects also spread diseases, including typhoid, cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, and more. If you want to be safe and protect your home, there are better options than constantly walking around with a fly swatter.

One of the best ways to get rid of flies in your home is to use a simple spice that you probably already have in your kitchen. Experts told us how to get rid of flies in your home without resorting to radical methods.

An effective spice

Place some bay leaves in strategic places in the kitchen and other rooms to repel flies. Bay leaves have a bitter odor that flies simply cannot tolerate.

Bay leaves contain a chemical compound called eugenol, which gives it a strong aroma and characteristic flavor. Insects perceive this smell with their receptors and try to run away from it.

The smell of bay leaves will also repel ants, cockroaches, moths, and beetles. You can even use bay leaves to scare mice away from your home.

How to use bay leaves to repel flies

Place a few bay leaves in places where you have noticed flies, or simply spread the spices on your windowsill. You can use both fresh and dried bay leaves.

It is a great idea to place bay leaves next to food to mask the smell of what might be of interest to flies. You can put it near garbage cans or near doors and windows where you think flies might enter the house. A small open container or mesh bag will come in handy.

In addition, keep in mind that you will have to change the bay leaf periodically because, over time, the smell becomes less pronounced and effective.

An important warning: if swallowed, bay leaves are toxic to dogs and cats, so make sure to keep the spice away from animals.

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