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.

Get Rid of Fruit Flies For Good

Check out this in-depth guide on how to get rid of fruit flies for more homemade traps, repellents, and prevention ideas.

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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Curious about other methods to deter flies?

Check out this tutorial on How to Make a Homemade Fly Trap With Honey and Dish Soap for another great idea!

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  • Han106448323 Han106448323 on Jun 11, 2024

    Any ideas to get rid of Asian beetles? And stink bugs?

  • Sne109026985 Sne109026985 on Jun 11, 2024

    How to get rid of carpenter bees?

  • Cd.sherstad Cd.sherstad on Jun 26, 2024

    Would this help with aphids? I lost a bunch of natural flowering ground cover by these pests. I live in HI so the weather is always encouraging insects to keep on tormenting us. There’s no freeze to kill them off each year. TY

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  • Bar110494627 Bar110494627 on Jun 21, 2024

    Spiders actually serve as natural deterrent to the flies and other annoying bugs; leave ‘em be.

  • Abc110572963 Abc110572963 on Jun 22, 2024

    I plan to plant peppermint all along the perimeter of my house lol, It has so many benefits it’s not even funny!