Have you noticed that flies are more aggressive now, or have they always been angry? Just like mosquitos, flies enjoy landing on us is because they’re attracted to carbon dioxide, warm bodies that are sweaty and salty. Flies also like to feed on dead cells and open wounds. When trying to figure out why flies are angry, research showed that Drosophila produces a pheromone, and this chemical messenger promotes aggression, directly linked to specific neurons in the fly’s antenna. So what’s the motive behind these pollinators? When they land on plants to feed on nectar they spread pollen between flowers to help fertilize the next generation of plants. As pollinators, flies perform a valuable role in the ecological community for our native plants, and are also helping farmers. So let’s get to the part where we swat them away.
If you want to keep these buzzing beauties out of your way treat them to strong smells they dislike. Try using scents, such as pine, rosemary, bay leaves, peppermint, basil, pine, lavender and eucalyptus. Flies love fifth and dirt, but they constantly rub their limbs together to clean up, but that seems counterintuitive, but grooming is actually one of their primary activities. If you don’t have any herbs to repel them, try making a 50/50 Pine-Sol cocktail mixed with a water in a spray bottle.