Mr. Buzzy and his little buddies are back. But I know his weak spot! Flies are repelled by the herb thyme—so if you want to force them outside, fill a plant mister with a cup of thyme tea. With kettle and measuring cup, brew a teaspoon of dried thyme in an eight-ounce cup of just-boiled water for five minutes. When it cools, fill a spray bottle and spray the window frames, countertops…wherever and whenever the flies tend to congregate. It is safe and nonchemical! You can use it every day, if need be—it’s free of chemicals and harsh smells. But flies hate it and will think twice before sneaking inside your home!