Camping in the great outdoors is as relaxing as you can get unless you are plagued with flies, that is. No one wants to share their food with the little pests let alone sit around all day shooing them off of your legs and arms.
Luckily, there are a few common household items you can pack along with your camping gear to keep the flies away and the air smelling fresh and like the great outdoors.
How to Get Rid of Flies
When packing for your next camping trip whether you’ll be tent camping or rolling in the campground in a brand new RV, be sure to pack the following items to get rid of flies around the campsite.
- 4 to 6 lemons (depending on how long you’ll be camping)
- 12 to 18 whole cloves (fresh grated cloves are fine too)
- a pint jar
- a medium cooker
Begin by slicing one or two lemons and placing the inside the mason jar. Add 3 to 5 cloves, then fill the rest of the jar with water. Adding them to the jar is only for measuring purposes. After you’ve made this a few times and know how much water you’ll need, you won’t have to use the pint jar any more.
Pour the contents into a pot that can be used on the fire or stove in the RV. Heat until the mixture nearly bubbles. Remove from the fire and place on the table near the food or any other place you want to get rid of flies. Flies do not like the lemon or the cloves and will stay away.
If you have a huge fly problem, double the recipe above and pour it into several bowls. Place the bowls around the area where you’ll be eating or sitting. You can re-heat it several times through-out the day. You can also put the leftover mixture into an air tight container and use it for a second day, then discard.
Keep in mind, the temperature of the fire and the amount of time you leave the pot on the fire will change the amounts of water you use when re-heating.
Extra Camping Tips
Try using different citrus fruits to see which one you think gets rid of flies the best. Some people say they cut the fruit in half and add the cloves directly into the fruit, then they hang them in the trees around the area. Everyone has their own techniques for getting rid of flies. What’s yours?