Flies in the home around this time of year are a common but irritating sight: not only is the noise and sight of them annoying, but they also present a hygiene hazard, carrying an assortment of disease organisms.

Rather than reaching for toxic anti-insect aerosol sprays, which are harmful to the environment as well as the health of your family, here are my all-natural aromatherapy top-tips for getting rid of flies from the home:

This is a great blend for keeping flies away and it smells lovely too!

1. Place 4 drops each of lemon, lavender and peppermint in 150mls of water, add to a spray bottle, squirt in the offending areas.

2. Place fresh bay leaves and rosemary in a bowl near the window, the bin or anywhere you have lots of flies in the house.