How to Keep Flies Away from Your Porch and Patio

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You can learn how to keep flies away with a bar of Irish Spring, according to a viral Facebook post.

Summer is officially here, which means warm weather, picnic spreads and weekends spent at the grill. However, it also means an increase in some of our not-so-favorite pests, particularly the ones that like to buzz around our snacks.

It’s annoying to have to swat away bugs, especially when you’re eating. No one wants to see a fly walking across their slice of watermelon! Fortunately, deterring flying pests is probably easier than you think. Here are a handful of secret weapons to pull out in the fight against bugs.

Some People Are Using a Bar of Soap

This viral Facebook post reveals that a strong-smelling bar of soap, like Irish Spring, will keep bugs away with its strong scent.

Irish Spring is known for its classic “invigorating” scent, and there are plenty of success stories on the internet from people using it to banish flies. You need to get a mesh or nylon bag, place the bar of soap inside and hang it on your patio or porch. Most pests, including larger animals like rabbits and deer, hate the smell of strong soap, so this trick should keep your social gatherings and garden pest-free all summer.

Snopes has yet to confirm or deny that this natural bug repellent works, but it does have the same principle as our method for making natural wasp repellent. Pesky animals don’t like strong smells!

Other People Love This Reusable Fly Trap

@ashley.mcdonaldday 1 of the fly trap #fly #trap #flytrap♬ Spongebob – Dante9k

Over on TikTok, this fly trap has also gone viral. Just watch the video above. The trap catches what looks like hundreds of flies in the span of a couple hours. For less than $6, we’ll happily hang this near our porch to lure flies away. It’s also easy to reuse.

More Methods to Keep Flies Away

If you’re looking for other ways to keep pesky insects off your summer eats, try out these nets, traps and other products that keep bugs away. You can also test out whether a bag of pennies in water keeps flies away!

Your kitchen is a prime target for insects who are attracted to food, but simple solutions like eating all your ripe fruit and cleaning out your cupboards make keeping bugs out of your kitchen a no-brainer.

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Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah is a writer and content creator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a passion for all things food, health, community and lifestyle. She is a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a previous dining and drink contributor for Madison Magazine.