How to Get Rid of Flies Outside the Patio: 7 Simple Ways

There are many reasons why flies may be gathering on your patio. For instance, If you have a food or garbage disposal nearby, the flies could originate from there. Or perhaps they are coming from an overgrown field nearby that is providing them with plenty of food and breeding grounds.

No matter where those pesky flies are coming from, the good news is that there are many ways to get rid of them. So if one way doesn’t work for you then simply try another — and then another until you find one that works for you!

1. Use Fans

One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep flies away from your patio is to use fans. Fans will help to circulate the air and create a windy environment that flies don’t like to be in. So set up some fans around your patio and see how quickly the fly population diminishes!


2. Use Candles

Another simple and easy way to prevent flies from coming near your patio is by using candles. There are many types of candles that can be used — just make sure they aren’t scented because the smell might attract more flies than repel them!

3. Swat the Flies Away

If you don’t want to buy any fans or candles, then how about swatting the flies away? Simply grab a fly swatter and start swinging. It’s as simple as that! You can try using other items like rolled-up newspapers.

That being said, the best tool for this purpose is an electronic shock tool that kills the fly instantly. Otherwise, you may end up just swatting flies from one area to another where they could cause problems for others.

Although it may sound a bit mean, this is an effective way of getting rid of those pesky flies once and for all — especially because this method doesn’t just scare flies away but kills them.

4. Purchase Fly Traps

If you’re not the swatting type, then how about purchasing a fly trap? Flytraps come in all shapes and sizes but they all work in the same way: flies are drawn to the trap by some kind of bait, get stuck on the sticky surface, and eventually die.

There are many different types of fly traps that can be purchased from your local hardware store or online. What you need to ensure is to read the reviews before purchasing one so you know which one will work best for your needs. Just like anything else, there are good and bad fly traps out there.

The ones that use natural ingredients (like fruit) tend to work better than those that use harsh chemicals. However, they also need to be emptied more often so they don’t overflow.

5. Use Vodka

If you’re looking for a more environmentally-friendly way to get rid of flies, then how about using vodka? Yes, that’s right! Vodka is an effective fly deterrent.

All you need to do is mix vodka with water in a spray bottle and then spritz it around your patio. Not only will the smell keep the flies away, but the alcohol will also kill them.

Although this method may seem a bit unorthodox, it does work! Plus, you can use leftover vodka from previous parties so there’s no waste. Just make sure to store it in a cool place so it doesn’t evaporate.

6. Buy Fly Strips

Another non-toxic way to get rid of flies is by buying fly strips. There are many different brands available so you may have to do some research before making a decision on which one to purchase.

Fly strips work in the same way as flytraps but they don’t need any refills because their sticky surface never runs out! You’ll just need to buy replacements when it’s time for more. So if this method interests you then go ahead and give it a try. Just make sure not to use these around food or eating areas because while they keep flies away, they also attract them too

Plus, there’s always the risk that a fly could get stuck on the strip and then die, which wouldn’t be appetizing to see while eating.

7. DIY Fly Traps

If you don’t want to purchase fly traps, you can make some at home.

All you need is some fruit juice, sugar and dish soap. Just mix the ingredients in a bowl or container then add it to your patio. Soon enough, flies will be drawn into that area — where they’ll get stuck on the sticky mixture and eventually die!

This method doesn’t just chase away existing flies but also attracts new ones too. So it’s definitely worth trying out if you’re looking for something natural and non-toxic.


As you can see, there are several ways of getting rid of the pesky flies that are invading your patio. You should start by trying one method and if it doesn’t work, just try another — and then another! We guarantee that it won’t be long before you find one that works on your patio.


  • Nathan Collins

    Having spent years working in the landscaping industry, Nathan Collins has cultivated a wealth of knowledge about the natural world. He is committed to helping others appreciate the beauty in their backyards, whether it's through identifying rare rocks and minerals or crafting the perfect landscape.

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