Mint fly repellent

A few weeks ago in Wendyl Nissen’s weekly newsletter she mentioned that having pots of mint around repels flies. Well I think the nation’s mint and pots sales probably doubled overnight as avid readers rushed out to buy mint plants. I was no different I wanted mint plants in my home too as I HATE flies!!! Dirty beasts! I understand all animals have the right to live and have a place in our world but I hate flies oh and mozzies!! Just parasites they are!).
So I rushed about looking for some cheap pots to buy and plant my mint in. Then I realised that I had two nice terracotta pots outside which had lavender plants in them. The lavender plants were moved into bigger pots (which I think they will be very happy with) and the terracotta pots were washed and mint planted in them. Buying herbs can be expensive especially if you are buying several so I just took some steams from the mint plant I had and put these into a pot (hope this is how you do it? I figure you can’t really go wrong with mint!). I also got a cutting from a friend of chocolate mint! You can add this to your hot chocolate! Yummy can’t wait for it to grow roots so I can pick some – might be nice in brownies too? So I put the two mint plants on the kitchen windowsill and when I saw a fly I just pinched the leaves a bit to release some minty smells. Today there are NO flies in the kitchen.
I also took a plant out of the lounge (will give this one to mum as it’s not producing anything well except oxygen) and so I now have a mint plant on my mantel piece. My sister in law has a whole bunch of new baby mint plants in her garden that she said I can have so I’ll pot some of them up to be added to other rooms in the house. We’ll be like the mint home!  

Check out my mint post to see how to grow mint from cuttings. I wish I had known this as all my cuttings died but I know how to do it from now on. Healthy Alternatives has a fantastic post all about mint. 
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5 thoughts on “Mint fly repellent

  1. Michelle
    November 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    My dad absolutely hates flies and has always had mint inside, I can remember when he even had mint in their bedroom. mm chocolate mint brownies would be so good!

  2. November 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    You did the right thing by dividing the mint, I usually have to much of it I have to cut it back, so its good to know there’s another use for it, just have to get some pots now….

  3. November 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Live and learn! I never knew this. Flies can be annoying, especially in the summer. Thanks for an interesting and useful tip!

  4. June 8, 2014 at 6:05 am

    This is why I always keep a gallon of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream near my bed table, lol! Hope you don’t mind me pinning this. First I have heard of this method.

    Another great solution that my Uncle always used down at the coast is QuickBayt Fly Bait by Bayer. They are little red sugar granules that flies cannot resist and they literally die with a minute of consumption.

    Here is the cheapest place I have found online to buy it:

  5. Sandie
    November 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I so hate them. As soon as you leave doors or windows open we have dozens of blowflies and houseflies inside. Within hours my windows and paintwork is covered in fly dirt. I am so over it. DESPERATE HOUSE WIFE!!!!!
    I want something that will keep them from coming inside. Is their anyone out there that has a potion/ natural spray that I can make up or buy and spray around doorways and windows thus deterring the little pests from entering.
    A high concentrate mint extract would be perfect if mint is a deterrent. Any ideas please.