Asked on Apr 30, 2012

How do you get rid of flies on the front and back porch?

Cherish C
by Cherish C
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My front porch and back patio are plagued annually by flies (not just 1 or 2, swarms). Some info, both face east, the front patio is covered, while the back is covered by a tarp hung from the roof to the fence for privacy between us and the neighbors. (our large glass sliding doors face each other and we can see directly into each others house, so we put that up for privacy). There are a couple of trees over the back patio, and a couple by the front. I have hung fly traps, sprayed bug sprays nothing seems to keep them away. Whats worse, they come inside whenever a door is opened and then my house is full of flies. How do I get rid of the house flies? Any help, thoughts or tricks would be appreciated!


  40 answers
  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on Apr 30, 2012
    Flies don't just come from nowhere. They have to have a breeding spot...typically decomposing organic matter. What theories do you have about where they come from?

  • Cherish C Cherish C on Apr 30, 2012
    I really wish I knew. It just seems as the weather warms up they show up. I keep the front and back very clean, and my gardening compost bin is all the way in the back on the other side of the house. So, as to where they are coming from, I have no clue.

  • Keller Pest Control Keller Pest Control on Apr 30, 2012
    What you probably have are cluster flies and if so good luck. They are exceptionally difficult if not impossible to control If you live within a couple of miles of animals cows, sheep, goats , They come from the ground around the manure areas and try to harborage in your house I have attached a link where I asked some professionals that question paste into your browser and read them sorry. http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Does-anyone-have-no-miss-87721.S.98943258?qid=c46af505-c58b-40ae-a9e8-d380c8318210&trk=group_search_item_list-0-b-ttl&goback=%2Egmr_87721

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    • MattyBuch MattyBuch on Jul 01, 2020

      Your sofa is beautiful!!!

  • 3po3 3po3 on Apr 30, 2012
    What type of flies? These photos might help you identify them, and that can help you figure out how to control them: http://www.orkin.com/flies/

  • Cherish C Cherish C on May 01, 2012
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Phyllis M Phyllis M on May 03, 2012
    Spray the entire area with a pesticide such as Permethrin 10%, found at your local feed store.

  • Cherish C Cherish C on May 03, 2012
    Oh, wasnt sure if that would keep them away. I will pick some up and give it a shot this weekend! Thank you!

  • Cherish C Cherish C on May 09, 2012
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Cherish C Cherish C on Jun 01, 2012
    the neighbor and I both thought cutting down the tree that hangs over our patios that was also ruining the fence might help to do away with some of the flies... we were wrong... :( sprays havent helped and between my neighbor and I we are lost! Stupid flies... come on cool weather! Thats the only thing that seems to keep them away.

  • Kim Robinson Kim Robinson on Aug 22, 2012
    Big 3 wick lavendar scented candles work great! The ones made by glade work the best!

  • Jeri Turner Jeri Turner on Jun 22, 2013
    i am having the same problem. and mosquitoes too!!!!

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    • Jul33701207 Jul33701207 on Jun 29, 2018
      I know this post is from a while ago but I just found it now because I'm having a big prob with these annoying black flies. I think mine are from these flower bushes my neighbor just put in because I overheard him telling his son to come and look at all the flies all over the bushes. UGH it has me so mad. They are all over the front of my house. Well anyway I seen you had a prob with misquitos I do also. A little trick I learned is when your going to be outside of your house doing gardening or just relaxing if you put 2 fabric softener sheets on you like one in the cooler of you shirt in the back and one hanging out of your pockets on your pants maybe rub the sheet on your self a little and you Will not be bothered by those annoying little blood suckers.

  • Keller Pest Control Keller Pest Control on Jul 08, 2013
    As I said before you need to determine the type of fly then you can determine the source and then and only then can you hope to resolve the issue. Spraying random pesticides will obviously give no control and can be not only environmentally irresponsible but dangerous to you and your neighbors. Also since the flies fly what good does it do to spray the ground unless the flies land on the chemical and get enough of exposure to get a lethal dose all you are doing is contaminating your home and the surrounding environment. If you want you can call a local pest professional or three to get their opinion and then also check the local extension offices for there assistance. Be safe and do your homework. Put the bazooka away and call the sniper in.

  • Ani1630335 Ani1630335 on May 09, 2015
    Household flies hate the smell of Pine Sol (& similar products) and go elsewhere. Mix 1 tablespoon with water. Put it in something like a cereal dish. I keep mine just outside my door. Also works inside your stinky garbage only using a few drops inside the can. I even put it near my cat's dish when it's placed outside. Also, an up-side-down freebie, filled with water keeps the ants away from the food as well.

  • LeAnn Greer LeAnn Greer on Apr 14, 2017
    I also had cluster flies on my front porch. These three things made them go away

    1.Vodka spray repellent:
    make such vodka based fly repellents you will have to mix following ingredients:
    1 cup vodka
    2 tsp aloe vera juice
    1 tsp lemon eucalyptus oil
    1/2 tsp. essential oil blend
    Mix them in a spray bottle. Spray the affected area. You can also use this on your skin. The flies hate the smell and will go away
    Note: Only apply this repellent on your skin if you are comfortable with it. If you have any kind of allergies with any of the above ingredients then it’s better to avoid this method.
    2. Using Lemongrass Oil as a Natural Fly Repellent:
    Lemongrass oil has strong insect repellent properties and in addition to this it can also keep your home refreshingly aromatic. So, you can use the lemongrass oil to make a fly repelling spray that also works as a room freshener.
    To make this spray you will have to mix following ingredients:
    Lemongrass essential oil- 20-25 dropsHot water about 1/2 cup
    Keep the solution in a spray bottle and spray it along your doorways and windows or any other fly infested area.
    Note: In absence of Lemongrass oil you could also use other natural oils like Lavender oil, Citronella oil, Eucalyptus oil, Pennyroyal oil, or Peppermint oil. But with them you won’t achieve the results that you would get with Lemongrass
    3. Using Clove based Deterrent:
    Cloves are pleasurably aromatic for humans but flies (particularly house flies) cannot stand the scent of cloves. In this remedy, you would have to use cloves along with lemons to deter flies.
    To make this deterrent, take a lemon and cut it into two halves. After this, poke 6-12 cloves into each half of the lemon.
    And then, you can keep few such clove poked lemons in a plate as a beautiful centerpiece for your table, especially for the times when you have meals with friends outdoor like in a barbeque party.
    Alternatively, you could also use clove oil as it works better than solid cloves.

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    • Teresa Guthrie Teresa Guthrie on Jun 02, 2018
      Curious if you did any of the 3, if so which one worked? We are having same issues and have tried multiple remedies and nothing has worked so far...

  • Robin Robin on Apr 14, 2017
    We live in the country with many farm animals close by. My Dad swears by this and keeps flys away from his doors. He hangs a zip lock bag with water and a few pennies in it beside his doors. You never see a fly in his house.

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    • Donna Donna on Oct 19, 2019

      Tried this hanging under carport and by house doors an barn doors, shiny new pennies in half zip bag water an it did nothing!

      Cluster flies are unmerciful in the country. They made a nesting home up under my siding on front of house. We went to add on decking an when the ledger board got nailed to the house we were swarmed with MILLIONS of cluster flies, unbelievable. The old 30% acidic vinegar, salt an Dawn dish soap helps but it's a never ending event in the country an livestock, they get unmercifully bit an bothered by them too. Perithium (spelling ?) is a CANCER agent chemical so caution with that stuff extremely advised.

  • Cherish C Cherish C on Apr 14, 2017
    Tried that, didn't work. :( And whats bad is I have moved since I originally posted this, and even at my new house they fly right around the back patio. I am cursed...

  • LeAnn Greer LeAnn Greer on Nov 02, 2017
    I would try the vodka repellent and wash the porch floor down in the lemongrass oil repellent. Let me know how that works.

  • Gerald Norman Gerald Norman on May 25, 2018
    I lived on the island of St. Croix for a number of years. Flies were horrible! Mix equal parts of balsamic vinegar with water, then add a little dish soap. The flies are attracted to the vinegar but when they go in for a sip, the soap removes the water repellentacy from their wings so they drown. Scatter a few bowls of this on each porch. The flies won't disappear but you will see a dramatic drop in their numbers.

  • LayneHelen LayneHelen on Jun 28, 2018

    I live in the middle of suburbia CT and every time the weather gets humid or just warm I get a crap ton of flies. Half my porch is covered and half isn't, they prefer to stay under the covered part and for some reason the bulk of them are in the corner opposite the door where I smoke. Obviously when I'm not smoking I do like to enjoy my porch with my almost two year old son and our less than a year old beagle puppy. Any recommendations that are toddler and puppy safe? It's been driving me nuts.

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    • Lori Courson Mcswain Lori Courson Mcswain on Aug 27, 2020

      Lowe’s has a one time use fly trap that you add water to & hang outside that is unbelievable! Put it as far away from your porch as you can because once you add water, it smells like the landfill -worse even. You will not believe how quickly it fills with flies. After about a month, I pour in a little bleach - well, a fair amount of bleach. Triple, quadruple bag it in grocery store bags. Put that all in a garbage bag-to be certain they are contained. And then put it carefully on the top of our can on the morning of garbage pickup. You will be amazed how many flies it catches, how bad it smells, and how much of a difference it makes in the flip population! It’s crazy!!!! I always end up replacing it within a few days because they ALWAYS come back!

  • Blb42992995 Blb42992995 on Aug 21, 2019

    Try this get a sandwich ziplock bag and half fill it with water then put in about 4 or 5 copper pennies. Well then hang them up around your area. It has worked for me I live in the country and wow. So good luck Brenda

  • Janice Roberts Janice Roberts on Aug 24, 2019

    I bought some peppermint plants, have one outside each door and one in my kitchen. Within an hour of putting them around I haven't had any further problems.

  • Carol Carol on Jan 21, 2020

    In a spray bottle do a 50/50 solution of water and Pine Sol (only use the original Pine Sol) shake to mix and spray the porch area like the floor, legs of any outdoor furniture etc. flies are gone, they hate the solution. Of course you will need to do this every so often if it rains etc.


    • Emilie Emilie on Sep 08, 2020

      I keep this on my porch. It really worked ,I sprayed the concrete and everything I could and wow ,no flies....I used full strenght pine sol

  • Melinda Melinda on Feb 14, 2020

    On Fort Sam Houston I walked into an entryway of a building and saw DVD/CDs hanging down from the ceiling. It causes the flies' vision to be refracted and they did not go into that area. It also didn't look bad overall.

  • Nicholas Barron Nicholas Barron on Apr 08, 2020

    This works for flies


  • Maryam Fatima Foye Maryam Fatima Foye on May 31, 2020

    I literally just five minutes ago put a mint plant and a basil plant on my porch. The flies were absurd. Where there were 20 easy 30 flies now i see maybe two. That fast.

    • Sagewords Sagewords on Jun 14, 2020

      Just dealt with about 10 aggressive flies this morning on my patio sofa. They would not go away! They litetally frolic around me with zero reservation. I was working and they landed on my laptop, pillows and would not move. I waved them away, they just returned instantly. Area is exceptionally clean of cluter...I film videos....no smell...not pets...nothing!


      Had not had an issues since using patio this year. I have lots of colorful pillows and was not sure if that attracted them.


      I lit a few incense sticks hoping the smoke and smell (mryrth) would run the away. They were not phased.


      They were so pesty, I could not work. I looked up solutions on internet. Tried mixture of dish detergent, water and essential oils. The liquid ran them off, but they returned soon as it was no longer airborne. I did not want to stain my pillows or harm my plants.


      Finally, I resorted to Ben's Deet I purchased for mosquitoes last year. I not that thrilled about it...heard it may cause cancer.


      So I don't use it on my body. I sprayed the sofa, pillows, umbrella, fire pit, lanterns, plant holders...they ran for the hills!


      I also sprayed the sliding door screen they were rest on...GONE!


      Again, don't know what attacked them...I sit out everyday...all day. I even eat and nap on sofa. NEVER had a problem.


      Purchased off AMAZON.


      It has a pleasant orange citrus smell.


      Just woke up from fly free nap.


      Good Luck!

  • Maria Vovos Oster Maria Vovos Oster on Jun 04, 2020

    I am having this exact same problem on covered porches. I have no food, garbage, or animals near them. This is driving me absolutely insane. I will try some of these suggestions.

    • Sagewords Sagewords on Jun 14, 2020

      Just dealt with about 10 aggressive flies this morning on my patio sofa. They would not go away! They litetally frolic around me with zero reservation. I was working and they landed on my laptop, pillows and would not move. I waved them away, they just returned instantly. Area is exceptionally clean of cluter...I film videos....no smell...not pets...nothing!


      Had not had an issues since using patio this year. I have lots of colorful pillows and was not sure if that attracted them.


      I lit a few incense sticks hoping the smoke and smell (mryrth) would run the away. They were not phased.


      They were so pesty, I could not work. I looked up solutions on internet. Tried mixture of dish detergent, water and essential oils. The liquid ran them off, but they returned soon as it was no longer airborne. I did not want to stain my pillows or harm my plants.


      Finally, I resorted to Ben's Deet I purchased for mosquitoes last year. I not that thrilled about it...heard it may cause cancer.


      So I don't use it on my body. I sprayed the sofa, pillows, umbrella, fire pit, lanterns, plant holders...they ran for the hills!


      I also sprayed the sliding door screen they were rest on...GONE!


      Again, don't know what attacked them...I sit out everyday...all day. I even eat and nap on sofa. NEVER had a problem.


      Purchased off AMAZON.


      It has a pleasant orange citrus smell.


      Just woke up from fly free nap.


      Good Luck!

  • Lenore Hudson Lenore Hudson on Jun 09, 2020

    Wondering if your porches let rain go through to ground. I have similar set up and had similar problem. Then I found my hisband had stored some water proof things under porch that were collecting wee pools of water. Made him take all out and after few days problem was gone.

  • Jay Chap Jay Chap on Jun 10, 2020

    That's roughly 2 hrs.... theres a fly bait called Quickstrike. I found it at a feed and seed place. It eradicates them BUT the numbers dont seem to decrease. Its toxic so be mindful of children and pets... and wash your hands (you should be doing that anyhow but I know there are some neanthrals still living in the pre-bacteria discovery age). I did also locate a tree that drops berries. The flies are all over the ground below it. It will be cut down in a few days. I dont think its possible to keep them away honestly

    For every 1 killed 10,000 are born... hourly. Its ridiculous.

  • Dawn Dawn on Jul 18, 2020

    A few drops of essential oils and water in a spray bottle Works! I used eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender essential oils. About 5 drops each mixed in a water bottle with about 8oz of water. I sprayed the surrounding area of my porch.. the brick Walls, floor, tables and ceiling. The flies DO NOT like it and will leave The area, as well as other flying insects. I leave this spray Bottle on my porch and use it as needed. A plus is that it is non toxic and smells fantastic!

  • Brenda Lofton Brenda Lofton on Aug 07, 2020

    Fill a plastic bag with water (Baggie resealable) put a penny in the bag with the water hang it over back or front door or both. Worked for me.

  • Oliva Oliva on Aug 07, 2020

    If you have the space, place large (16-20" diameter or larger) planters full of Basil, Lemongrass, Marigolds , Citroenella and Rosemary on your porch. This virtually eliminated the yearly fly and mosquito infestation that prohibited sitting outdoors. If you wish, add an oscillating stand fan or larger ceiling fans with higher speed adjustments. Flies and mosquitoes dislike the moving air and stay away.

    This also worked around the compost bin.

    I would not advise planting Thyme, as it appears to attract a certain type of fly.

    Having previously lived near a farm, I understand your dilemma.

  • Victoria Reed Victoria Reed on Sep 07, 2020

    I use OFF insect repellent. Within minutes of spraying down my patio furniture all flies mosquitoes and lovebugs gone. I live in the country in SE Texas so all 3 right now are a problem. I do have to retreat about once a month.

  • I really think they like a damp shaded area. It's not always easy to solve that problem, but we used to get them on our covered porch, it was a shaded area and the concrete always felt damp and cold. Once we removed a tree nearby and the porch got full sun, the flies disappeared.

  • Maura White Maura White on Jun 16, 2021

    We use organic pyrethrins to spray flies. When we've done it, it drastically reduces the number of flies that show up the next year.

  • Try spraying some peppermint oil and/or set up a fan in the area.

  • Mardi Hedger Mardi Hedger on Aug 14, 2021

    I heard putting bars of Irish Spring in a net bag repels them bit I haven't tried it.

  • Bea50665212 Bea50665212 on Jan 21, 2022

    A Ziploc bag about half full of water with a dozen or so new pennies hanging in the Fly Zone will keep them at Bay. ? I don't know a friend had this bag hanging from his porch roof by the swing his wife likes to sit in I asked what it was about and he told me it keeps flies away I hung one on my side porch and in a group of trees right out off my back porch worked miracles.

  • Marty Ayers Marty Ayers on Jan 21, 2022

    We live near an egg production facility and the flies, at certain times of the year, are awful.

    In an effort to minimize the flies around our horse... we discovered the "Musca-Stik Stick fly trap" (at DoMyOwn.com and Amazon). Not the prettiest thing to have hanging around the house... but... THEY WORK

    We have one outside the french doors, one hanging in the kitchen over the sink area and one in the (most used) bathroom.

    The clips hold the one horizontal, are a conduit type clamp and it it normally meant to be mounted closed... we leave it open to make changing the sticks out easier. Over the sink we mounted a plant hook with a large split ring and hook the Musca-Stik on that.

  • Della Martinez Della Martinez on Jul 17, 2022

    PineSol and Water in a spray bottle .. I used a big bug spray container.. I rinsed it out good! Filled half pine sol / water.. cleared area wash/ rinsed porch all around front house and started slowly spraying (soaked it down) takes time , quick spray won’t do!! My son had been searching on UTUBE and seen this being used for flies. I had to see this

    because I use pine sol for every kind of cleaning..

    WIN WIN!! I also washed garbage can and sprayed inside , around and under all cans .. soaked it down !! Flies were so bad in front of our door it was gross!! We literally had to shoo or swat them just to get in house !! Unreal!! I would seriously recommend this !!! I still spray once a day and it’s not a heavy spray anymore, just a once over, and it smells good🤗

  • Plantation Pandemonium Plantation Pandemonium on Sep 12, 2022

    I wish I had a guaranteed solution for you. We live in Southern CA, where it is HOT in the summer. We have horses, but they are kept more than one acre away from our house. I've noticed that they congregate just before the rain, and they are pesky when it's hottest. This year I've not opened my house like I used to. I would open the windows as soon as it cooled down in the evening, and keep them open all night. Usually this helps so we don't need to run the HVAC. But I got solar this year, and it's been more humid than normal, so I have run the AC since late July. I've noticed that they don't come in with the AC on... so somehow they're getting around my screens. They are still annoying outside, though.


    I finally tried the AVON Skin So Soft because I hate being bothered by them when I'm outside with the horses. That works like magic. I've often thought about slathering it on my poor horses. No more stomping my feet like one of the herd to get the horses off of my legs.