Why Those Pesty Flies Circle and Buzz Around Lamp Shades?

Lampshade with flies

Have you ever noticed that even if a lamp is switched off, those pesty flies will continue to buzz around your lampshade? Flies flying around your house can be an extremely annoying problem to have.

Flies are attracted to light. When one fly comes into your house, they will fly around in circles and mark their spot on the lampshade. When another fly comes in, and even if the light is not on, you may find them also flying around the shade as they can sense the markings from the other fly.

There is a way to solve this problem as there are certain smells that flies are not attracted to, so you can use some essential oils to spray or put around your house to get rid of the flies.

Pesty Flies Buzzing Around Lampshades

We all know that flies are attracted by light. When they see the light, they will be attracted to it and will fly around it.

Flies use the sun, which is the brightest visible object that navigates a straight line. They keep the sun’s position and its relation to it to constantly fly.

When those same flies find themselves indoors; they begin to look for their sun. The brightest thing that they see is usually is a ceiling or a table lamp. To them, this is their sun or the fake sun, so they are attracted to it.

But what many people may not realize is that when the light is on, the flies flying around it will begin to mark the spot with a few brown spots, so the other flies also know about the place they have been flying.

Flies are social insects, so they will assemble and go where other flies have gone. If you are in a dark room with a fly and there is no light turned on, you may find the fly buzzing around an area where other flies have gone before.

Flies also fly around where other flies have gone as they are looking for mates. That is why you will find flies flying around the top or bottom of a lampshade where other flies have flown before.

Get Rid Of Those Buzzing Flies Naturally

Do you have a problem with a fly flying around your lampshade?

If you see a sudden infestation of flies, it is because there is some infestation somewhere in your house where the flies have laid their eggs and are ready to hatch; this can be from somewhere within your house, garden, or even attic.

If you find flies in your house, you can try to turn off all lights and put a light outside an open door. The flies should eventually be attracted to that light and fly out.

If you find you have a constantly fly problem, there are a few natural things you can try to do in your house to get rid of them from flying under a lampshade or light or another area.

Here are some ways that you can try to get rid of the problem naturally.

  • Essential Oils – Flies hate the smell of essential oils like lemon grass, peppermint, lavender and eucalptus. Put some in a spray bottle and spray it around your house.
  • Essential Oil Diffusser – Put a few drops in water any of these essentials oils (lemon grass, peppermint, lavender,and eucalptus) in a diffusser under thel lamp or near the light you are having problems with the flies flying around.
  • Scented Candles – Get a scented candled that has any of these smells as peppermint or lavender and put it near the lamp or light that is atracting the flies.
  • Camphor – Camphor is a natural mold detterent and can also be used to get rid of flies.
  • Cloves and Cinnamon – Cloves and cinnamon is another smell that flies do not like so you can try any of these spices even in essential oils, candle or put in a bowl near where the flies are flying,

The Pesty Flies Buzzing Inside Light Fixtures

When you look at your light fixture and check the middle, you may find some dead flies. Dead flies in a light fixture can be annoying.

Most light fixtures have small holes that allow air to go out of the light fixture; flies can get in through those holes. As the lights attract flies, they will go into the holes, but sometimes they get stuck and killed inside the fixture as they cannot find their way out.

If this is a problem, you can buy a light fixture that is 100% sealed. Usually, this light fixture will be sold as a waterproof fixture that is completely sealed. A light fixture like that will have no holes in the light fixture.

If you do not want to buy a wholly sealed light fixture, you can try to change it to one that is open so that the flies can quickly get in and out of the light fixture and will not get stuck in the light fixture.

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Hi, I am Anita Hummel. I am the President of Mondoro. I am passionate about helping you CREATE, DEVELOP, and MANUFACTURE home decor and home furnishing products. I am also an avid blogger with a love of travel and riding my motorcycle around the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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