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How to Get Rid of Flies Outdoors

Sharing your space with flies is never any fun. Unfortunately, your yard can give flies a place to hide, breed, and eat. Making your yard as unwelcoming as possible is the key to keeping these pests away. Check out a few tips to help prevent and get rid of flies outdoors.

Remove Trash

Trash can

Flies breed and feed on trash. Removing trash from your yard can help to get rid of flies. Seal bags to ensure these pests can’t slip inside of them. Make sure trash bins have tight fitting lids. You’ll also want to keep your bins clean. Regularly scrub and rinse out your trash cans to remove food residue.

Clean Your Yard

Lawn mower

A little bit of yard work can help keep flies away. Mow your lawn regularly to remove a potential hiding spot for flies. These pests like to hide in yard debris, so remove leaves, grass clippings, and dead plants. If you have a pet, you need to clean up after them. Flies breed and feed on decaying matter including pet droppings. Frequently cleaning up after your furry family members can help prevent flies.

Eliminate Moisture


Flies need water to breed and stay hydrated. They are attracted to areas with stagnant water. Remove items in your yard where moisture can collect. Keep your gutters clean and working properly. Replace the water in pet dishes, kiddie pools, and birdbaths to ensure water is fresh. Fix any leaky pipes or hoses in your yard.

Use an Outdoor Fan

 Patio with outdoor fan

Flies don’t do well in windy conditions. It requires more energy to fly in the wind, so many flies avoid moving around. That’s why using an outdoor fan can be helpful. When spending time outside, turn on your fans. This can make it harder for these pests to bug you and your food. Plus, it can keep things cool on a hot day.

Cover Your Food


Enjoying an outdoor meal is great until flies show up. These pests are attracted to your food. Keep your food covered when you aren’t eating. Don’t forget to keep your drinks covered as well. When you’re finished eating, clean up any crumbs and spills to prevent attracting flies. 

Keep Flies Out of Your Garden

Flowers in garden

If you have a garden, some flies may hang out near it. Removing fallen leaves, flowers, and produce can help to keep flies out of your garden. Make sure there isn’t any decaying plant material. You can also cover your plants to keep bugs away. By protecting your plants from flies, you’ll also help keep your yard free of these pests.

Use a Plant-Based Insecticide Spray

Flying Insect Killer

Using a plant-based insecticide spray can help keep flies from bugging you. Our Flying Insect Killer kills flies on contact and has residual repellency. You can also spray your yard with our Yard Bug Spray. Not only will it kill pests on contact, it also has repellent properties. This residual repellency acts as a barrier helping to deter fly activity.

Removing potential attractants is the best way to prevent a fly problem. Take time to make sure your yard isn’t welcoming to these pests. If you’re dealing with a bug problem, we have your back! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.

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