I prefer not to kill flies and other insects but, like anyone, I don't enjoy them buzzing around my food. So a tutorial over at wikiHow on getting ride of house flies with cloves piqued my interest. Apparently house flies hate the odor and placing whole cloves near doorways and windows can turn them off from coming inside.
WikiHow shows how to make a pomander with an apple and whole cloves, which has the added effect of looking pretty and seasonal. However, it's really just the cloves that are disagreeable to flies, so one could also make sachets or perhaps add a few drops of clove essential oil to homemade cleaning products. As a quick measure, I placed a dish of whole cloves near the entrance to the kitchen and so far, no flies.
Have you ever tried repelling house flies with cloves and did it work? Do you have any other solutions?
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