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How Cayenne Pepper Can Help with Your House Fly Problem

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Summer is in full swing, and while people tend to enjoy the warmer weather, so do pesky insects—including flies. But the last thing you want is those gross little bugs landing on your food and walking around your countertops. But, what can you do to remedy a housefly problem without constantly having a fly swatter on hand?

The answer might already be in your spice cabinet if you have a jar of cayenne pepper at the ready.

While you certainly can use insecticides and chemicals to repel house flies, if you want something more natural, try mixing a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a cup of water. Put it in a spray bottle, and spray it around the house to keep flies from coming in.

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In case you want a more traditional method.

If you think some people have a hard time with spicy foods, flies have it way worse! Strong spices like ginger and cayenne actually make it difficult for them to breathe.

When you spray the water/cayenne mixture around the house—especially near the entrances—you’ll deter flies from getting too close. They’ll smell the cayenne right away and will likely turn around before they even have a chance to get inside.

The best part? Cayenne pepper doesn’t only repel flies. It’ll also ward off other insects from invading your home this summer.

So, if you’re looking for a natural way to keep bugs away and make sure your kitchen isn’t overrun with flies, dig into your spice cabinet for this DIY solution.

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