Keep Flies Away with Pine sol

Flies hate Pine sol!

Sometimes, common household cleaners can be used in unusual ways to treat insects.  I wish I had known this trick this past summer.  We had a huge graduation party for my daughter and the flies were a problem for us. I did not realize that a way to keep flies away from your tables is to use Pine sol.

This is great for outdoor use. Flies HATE pine-sol. Mix it with water, about 50/50 and put it in a spray bottle. Use to wipe counters or spray on the porch and patio table and furniture  to drive them away.  I will be sure to keep this in mind for our next outdoor party.

Keep flies away with Pine-SolWhat methods have you used to keep flies away for outdoor parties?  Please leave your comments below.

Flies are not the only insect that are bothered by common household items. Ants also hate both Borax and Apple Cider Vinegar. See how I treated my ant infestation with both.

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  17 comments for “Keep Flies Away with Pine sol

  1. Renee
    06/23/2017 at 6:21 pm

    We’re going to try it! There’s a cow pasture next door.
    Thanks for the tip!

  2. Terri Liddell
    06/29/2017 at 4:09 pm

    Going to try this camping this weekend!

  3. Tammie
    07/06/2017 at 6:43 pm

    Can you use this in your hedges without it killing them?

    • Carol
      07/06/2017 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Tammie. I have no idea, since I have not tried doing this. I just use it occasionally on outdoor furniture and it appears to give me some benefit. Carol

  4. Debbie
    08/26/2017 at 12:14 pm

    The pine sol really works. Husband cooked breakfast out on grill and flies were all over. I remembered hearing this so tried it. Flies are gone. Wow ?

    • Carol
      08/26/2017 at 7:31 pm

      glad to hear it worked for you Debbie!

  5. Stephanie
    04/11/2018 at 12:19 am

    Im going to try the pine-sol and water in a spray bottle. Last year i made my own fly traps with soda bottle cut in half put something sweet in it and hung it up and it caught flies, bees and i loved it so im going to make them again!

  6. Esther
    07/06/2018 at 6:08 am

    Can I put mixture in cups and just put on the tables?

    • Carol
      07/06/2018 at 10:46 am

      Hi Esther. I’ve never tried it that way. Spraying it on the tables puts in on all the landing spots, so I think it might work better. Carol

  7. Marsha
    09/13/2018 at 10:02 am

    Leaving open glass containers of Pine-Sol in your camping trailer while it is in storage for the winter helps keep the mice out of your trailer. I sit one in the shower and another one in the kitchen sink.

    • Carol
      09/13/2018 at 6:50 pm

      Good idea Marsha. Thanks for the tip. Carol

  8. kelly
    09/30/2018 at 1:03 pm

    I took a jar out holes in the lid and filled with 50/50 pine sol/water. Then set the jars on a table of food during a cook out. Flies didnt go near the food table.

    • Carol
      09/30/2018 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks for letting us know how it worked for you, Kelly. Carol

      • Teresa
        07/15/2019 at 8:48 pm

        Would this be safe around animals?

        • Carol
          07/15/2019 at 10:44 pm

          My understanding is that Pine Sol is not safe around animals if they can get to it.

  9. 03/09/2019 at 1:42 am

    Thanks for sharing this informative article, nice job.

  10. Cody
    05/10/2019 at 11:12 pm

    Please mix vinegar in your fly/mosquitoes/wasp traps. Bees are not aggressive and are endangered.
    Thanx for the pinesoil tip.

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