The Best Little Gadget to Get Rid of Flies This Summer

I live on a farm with a rather large selection of random animals: horses, dogs, stray cats, geese and goats. And these are just the ones we know about. While this is lovely, it means that the moment the cool of winter evaporates, flies become a part of our daily lives. I have tried everything to get rid of flies from fly traps (they fill up so fast that it makes me cringe to think how many more there are) to bug spray (we can’t spray the whole farm) but none of my efforts had a lasting effect to gett rid of flies.

Inside the house, I’ve found that fans are ideal. We have a fan over the kitchen table which keeps them off our food and prep areas. But having outdoor meals were still an issue until I saw these clever little gadgets last year on a trip to the Vaal River.


The Best Little Gadget to Get Rid Of Flies

Shoo-away is an Auzzie-invention that takes over the flailing of hands by literally shooing away flies. They come in white, red, and black and because of their small design and simple lines, they are at home in any table setting.

PS: if you want to see how I made these pretty little side plates, click here!


The soft blades rotate unobtrusively while you are eating or preparing food outdoors. The energy efficient motor, powered by two AA batteries, comes to a soft touch should a finger get in the way. It is 100% chemical free and will keep your food fly-free in a 60-90cm radius, meaning two units are sufficient for a 6 – 8 seater table. The units are quite pricey, but once you have them you won’t know how you ever entertained without them.

Shoo-away also claims that the patented holographmatic disks on the tips further act as a fly- and bee repellent. Being naturally nosy, I wanted to know what exactly that means. Here’s a little video to explain. (I got this from ShooAway USA – it’s corny, but it explains the principle!)

Whether the flies really see the holographmatic dots as light sabers, I am unable to confirm (no flies were available for comment). But I do know that I spent an entire afternoon at a dining table in the garden without any flies ruining the festivities. And of course the kids loved playing with the table helicopters as well!


Shoo-Away is a must for any outdoor entertaining this summer, and it makes a great gift as well. Click here to order yours!

Happy Entertaining!

While the Shoo-Aways were given to me to try, the opinions in this post are entirely my own. g