I’m a kitchen expert – 7 simple tips to keep flies out of your kitchen this summer including an 80p hack

As much as we love the warmer weather, summer brings another, less welcome guest into our homes – flies.

The UK is set to experience a 26C heatwave this week which will also attract flies to your kitchen – particularly those who like sweet fruit juices.

Warmer weather also means the dreaded return of kitchen flies


Warmer weather also means the dreaded return of kitchen fliesPhoto credit: Getty

Luckily, one expert has shared a list of easy and inexpensive ways to solve this problem, including an 80p hack using apple cider vinegar.

“The heat is leading to an increase in flies and means houseflies are more likely to breed in hot weather,” said Polly Shearer, kitchen expert at Tap Warehouse.

“It could result in tens of thousands of flies buzzing around British kitchens.

“We recommend our preventive measures to prevent flies and insects from multiplying in your kitchen this summer.”

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Refreshing mint, tangy lemongrass, and relaxing lavender—the scents people love so much, flies hate, it turns out.

The genius said you can make your own natural fly repellent spray by adding a few drops of any of these oils to a spray bottle of water.

“We recommend lavender so that the spray leaves a fresh scent in your kitchen as well.”

To do this, simply spray the remedy around your kitchen throughout the day and it should keep flies from entering.


From gardening to beauty, baking soda seems to have become the standard in almost every aspect of life.

And it turns out that this kitchen clip is a great solution for repelling flies too.

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Polly explained: “Whatever you throw in your bin will rot, but this process speeds up in the summer months due to the warmer weather.

“This attracts flies, insects and maggots, so it’s important to clean and empty the bin more frequently in the summer.”

To avoid this problem, a good trick is to sprinkle the powder on the bottom of your bin before putting a new bin liner in it.

“The baking soda should absorb any odors and liquids that come out of the bag.”

STORING Fizzy Drinks in the Fridge

In addition to the sweet sugar, fruit flies are also attracted to the carbonic acid found in carbonated drinks.

If these are left out, the kitchen flies can congregate around the area – especially when there are spills.

“Be sure to wipe up spills and clean bottles to prevent fruit flies from being attracted to them.

“You can also keep your fizzy drinks in the fridge to keep fruit flies away from them.”


If you often find your kitchen infested with fruit flies, fear not because there is a cheap solution – one that is most likely already lying around.

This effective remedy is apple cider vinegar.

Simply fill half a jar with it and cover with cling film before poking small holes.

“This should lure the fruit flies into entering the jar and you can then release them outside of your home.

“It’s also important to keep your fruit in the fridge to prevent flies from returning.”

There are a few scents that flies don't like, including basil


There are a few scents that flies don’t like, including basilPhoto credit: Getty


When the weather is so nice, it’s hard to motivate to wash the dishes – it’s our fault too!

But according to the expert, leaving a pile of dirty dishes by the sink attracts flies.

”We recommend washing your dishes as soon as possible in the summer to prevent flies from contaminating your dishes with bacteria and even laying eggs on them.”


Equally, flies are also attracted to leftover food – especially when it is still warm.

To prevent them from congregating around your lunch and dinner time and laying their eggs in your dishes, place the leftovers in a bag or tub that can be fully sealed.


Another scent that flies and mosquitoes are notoriously not big fans of, basil makes it a great option for kitchen plants.

“Not only does it stop flies, it’s great for use in a lot of recipes!”

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Jessica MacLeish

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