How to Control Backyard Bugs


Flies

Flies may not be dangerous, but they sure are annoying. The first step to keeping them out of your way is to give them no reason to come around in the first place: Keep food covered and your kitchen cleared of crumbs. Fly paper and water traps can help get rid of flies who have already decided your backyard is the place to be; you can even build your own non-toxic trap from a plastic bottle, wire, and water (which will eventually drown the flies). Planting herbs that repel flies is another way to keep them at bay – try basil, bay leaf, mint, rosemary, or other herbs that help dissuade flies while giving you a bounty of fresh herbs for cooking.

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