Goodbye Spiders & Flies

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Say Goodbye to those annoying Spiders & Flies! Here are some easy ways to have less encounters with those scary spiders🕷 and annoying flies🪰!

Spring is finally here (PTL because I’m so sick of the cold!).

Spring & Summer are for sure my favorite times of the year! I love being outside, working in the flower beds and garden, and lounging by the pool. BUT I DO NOT love all of the spiders and flies that come with it.

Last year was the worst for both!

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Here are 2 easy hacks to help keep these pesky creatures away!


I learned this trick last Summer after hearing a co-worker talk about it. She had used bars of Irish Spring soap to keep the flies away. What an easy and inexpensive trick.

Off I ran to our local Dollar General (because they are literally everywhere in the south) to buy a few bars.

Here are 3 different ways you can use the soap:

  1. Place the whole bars in different locations.
  2. Break up the bars and place the pieces in small bags or in different locations.
  3. Using shavings from the bars and again place in bags or in different locations.

Last year I went with the easiest of the 3 and left my bars whole. I hid the bars in various spots such as: behind the welcome sign, old milk jug, in the wooden tool box with my faux roses, and inside a small pot.


Last year I set out to find a repellant for those pesky 8 legged creatures and so many of y’all told me about peppermint essential oil. Thankfully I love peppermint essential oil and I just so happened to have a new bottle of it.

After reading up on all the uses for peppermint oil, I figured out there are even more benefits to it!! They say it’s also great for keeping ants, mice, flies, and fruit flies away.

Ways to use it:

  • Using a spray bottle place 15 drops of peppermint oil in 16 ounces of water. Spray the mixture around your porch in corners, crevices, and around your door jams. You can also use it inside your home, but I am working on porches right now.
  • Or your can apply several drops to a cotton ball and place these in corners.

We started by cleaning the porches. Hubby pressure washed them and I decluttered and decorated for Spring.

I decorated first because I sprayed the mixture on the items I used to decorate with, such as the wooden tool box, wooden sign, and the pillow cushions.

After it was all cleaned and decorated I sprayed the mixture.

Now fingers crossed that it works.

How easy are both of these hacks??

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  • MariaTerez MariaTerez on May 20, 2023

    Peppermint oil is also great on cotton ball in car to help keep you alert on long drives!

  • Suzanne Suzanne on May 22, 2023

    Love your front doors.

  • Penny Penny on Jul 24, 2023

    I heard about the Irish Spring last week and ran to buy some. I have beautiful geraniums by our front door, but they also seem to draw flies this year. Never had a problem with them before though. I didn't realize Irish Spring has so many different scents. The one I bought is Aloe Mist, does it matter which one you buy? I'm not sure if it is doing anything to reduce the number of flies yet. The first day it really didn't seem to do anything. Yesterday there seemed to be a difference, but the weather was also being crazy, so hoping for improvement. I don't want to move the flowers, they are perfect for the door, but evey time we open the door flies enter the house. Any ideas?

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