Natural Fly Control Methods Household pests are not only a source of irritation, they can also carry germs and disease that can cause illnesses. Few pests are more troublesome than the common housefly. Attempts to catch or swat it are often futile, and when not caught in time, flies can multiply rapidly. You may not realize that some fly control options that work effectively and quickly use nothing more than common household ingredients you likely already have on hand. Commercial fly strips are one of the most common methods of capturing and eliminating houseflies. However, equally effective fly strips can be made at home with just a little effort and a few ingredients. You will need brown packing paper, white sugar, brown sugar and maple syrup. Mix one tablespoon each of white and brown sugar in a bowl with a quarter cup of syrup. Dip strips of heavy-duty paper into the mixture and allow it to dry overnight. In the morning, punch a hole in the top of each strip, thread a piece of string through it and hang in any problem area. The strip should be tacky enough to catch flies easily. Flies can also be deterred by mint. Mint is easy to grow in a home garden or even a window box. Simply cut fresh mint and place in a small sachet in areas commonly frequented by flies to deter them from staying in the vicinity. Flies also shy away from eucalyptus, cloves and bay leaves. If you grow any of these common plants in your garden, wrap a few fresh sprigs in cheesecloth and hang in doorways and windows. This simple technique can keep flies from making your home their own. Ridding your home of pests need not be costly or time-consuming. Natural methods are available to deter or eliminate nearly all pests. These natural methods of fly control have been used for generations with excellent results and are often available with little to no planning or preparation using items you already own.