Flies are driving everyone mad at the moment but unfortunately there is no Green Goddess, chemical-free, natural way to kill a fly! I use fly curtains and fly paper (which I buy in little rolls from the hardware store) but you can make your own.
If you have to use fly spray, use low allergenic or unscented ones to reduce chemicals and spray once in the morning and once at night to avoid too many toxins in your kitchen. Also cover all food – fruit etc.
Here’s a recipe for fly paper from Wendyl’s book A Home Companion.
¼ cup golden syrup
½ cup sugar
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then paint or spread on long strips of brown paper. Leave to dry on a tray and then hang where flies are a problem.
*change when covered in dead flies so that your children don’t walk into your kitchen and groan.