Getting Rid Of Flies
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One of the problems with sitting outside, whether you’re in your gazebo or not, is bugs – flies, mosquitoes, ants, etc. – so we thought we’d address that issue today. (And thanks to Christian for inspiring this article.)

Now, most people will consider these insects a minor annoyance – having to constantly swat them away, especially when you’re trying to eat your food, is certainly inconvenient.

However, there is a much larger danger, and one which most people seem to ignore, and that is the health risk that insects pose.

Probably the worst and most common offenders are flies and mosquitoes, and we’re not just talking about the raised bumps and itching that bites usually cause – these insects can carry diseases and parasites that are life-threatening to both humans (e.g. malaria) as well as animals (e.g. Canine Parvovirus, heartworms), or in the case of food poisoning bacteria such as Campylobacter, which can easily be transferred bi-directionally between humans and animals, both.

So, what you can do that will help in your quest of getting rid of flies, mosquitoes and other bugs?

Well, there are a number of approaches you can take.

Starting with your yard and garden as a whole, you should look at implementing a variety of natural insecticides and repellents – do not go for the chemical-based products, such as DEET, as chemicals are often toxic and typically cause far more problems than they ever solve.

Next, you can deploy a range of insect traps and lures, so that the insects are attracted elsewhere and don’t bother you.

If you check out the website of ARBICO Organics, one of our preferred natural, chemical-free business partners, you’ll find a wide range of pest control products and solutions.

Hopefully, these measures will solve a large part of your bug problem, but they won’t, unfortunately, get rid of every single insect.

So, the next line of defence is some form of insect repellant for you.

Quit Bugging MeOnce again, we cannot recommend any chemical-based products, even though these are much more popular and readily available.

The best natural insect repellent we can find goes by the cute name, Quit Bugging Me. This spray, made by Jason Natural, contains only natural ingredients, such as citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, and tea tree.

This product contains no DEET, PABA or Paraben, and it’s safe for both adults and children.

Well, that’s you sorted out, but what about your dogs?

Dr. Christopher's Stings & Bites OintmentsWell, the good news is that ARBICO Organics also have a natural insect repellent spray for dogs too (as well as many flea and tick products, such as shampoos, should the need arise, and products for cats and horses too).

(And if you do still get bitten or stung, then we recommend Dr. Christopher’s Stings & Bites Ointments – his products are very effective.)

Now, if you’re still having problems, then you may need to take alternative measures – such as a mosquito net.

You have two main choices here – firstly, you can either go for a gazebo with a built-in mosquito net, such as the Ningbo 62307 Cantilever Umbrella Gazebo shown at the top of this article.

This unique umbrella-style gazebo is 8 x 8 feet, and the mosquito net is removable, as it’s only attached by Velcro.

A second option, if you already have a gazebo, is to buy some mosquito netting.

Of course, the biggest drawback with mosquito nets is the fact that they tend to be very hot – the mesh must, for obvious reasons, be very fine indeed, to keep the bugs out, and that keeps most of the air inside, thus making it hot and suffocating after a while. (Having slept in a bed with mosquito netting once, I can testify to this fact!)

So, there you have it – a few strategies to make sure that your attempts to enjoy the summer outdoors, relaxing in your garden gazebo, are not ruined by those pesky bugs.

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18 Responses to ““Getting Rid Of Flies”

  1. Alam Ghafoor says:

    Thanks for the advice. I never like to use too many chemicals, so the natural remedies you recommend are appreciated.

  2. I’ve always been a fan of bug zapper’s. Gets rid of the bugs while providing hours of entertainment.


  3. Rob Northrup says:

    Getting rid of all standing water in or near your yard can help, as well as a large bug zapper…

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  4. Don Hill says:

    I know my Mom swears by Avon’s Skin so Soft. She says it will keep all the bugs away. But I can’t help but think of the chemicals that go into it.


  5. I’ve always hated bugs…
    We went to an ice cream shop just off the beach. take out only and you stand on line outside and go up to the order window… The place was surrounded by buckets of basil growing. I just figured it was the little old Italian ladies makeshift garden as she was the one directing the parking lot traffic…mind you no one questioned her! Turns out she said it keeps the bugs away!

    Jen Battaglino

  6. Thanks for addressing my question!
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  7. G.E. Moon II says:

    I have seen first hand how mixing coconut oil with white vinegar and using it in a spray bottle will keep spiders and most other bugs out of your back yard.

    Yours In Health!

    G.E. Moon II

  8. Thanks for the natural bug killers. For some reason bugs love me so I am going to get Jason’s Quit Bugging Me. I like the netting with this gazebo.
    Yours In Health!

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  9. Dennis Perry says:

    NOthing ruins a late summer cook out more than yellow jackets and wasps. They tend to get pretty aggressive this time of year.

    Your recommendations for natural defenses are just what the doctor ordered. Great job

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  10. Bryan says:

    This is a great selling point! Bugs can ruin a great evening with friends

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  11. Hi Mark,

    I’m with @Steve here. 2 things, I’m often the one the mosquitos indeed like to target. Additionally I use a spray to ward off the little buggers.

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  12. Bhavin says:

    though ‘Quit Bugging Me’ is a good non harmful alternative, i would prefer mosquito nets as i would not like to bug the bugs :)

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