A music video to accompany the release of "Attracting Flies" was first released onto YouTube on 10 March 2013 at a total length of three minutes and twenty-seven seconds. The video is a play on the song's line "little grey fairytales and little white lies". It features Aluna as the protagonists of various well-known fairytales, however all the tales have been given a gritty, urban twist. For example, Little Red Riding Hood is being stalked late at night by a man (played by George) and his dog, and Sleeping Beauty has passed out after overdosing on anti-depressants.
For the chart week 23 March 2013, "Attracting Flies" debuted at number one-hundred-and-thirty-one on the UK Singles Chart. The following week saw the track rise twenty-two places to number one-hundred-and-nine. On the chart week dated 6 April 2013, the track advanced thirty-fives places to number eighty-four; becoming AlunaGeorge's third top 100 hit after "Your Drums, Your Love" (number 50, 2012) and "White Noise" (number 2, 2013). On its fourth charting week, the track rose a further thirty-three places to number fifty-one, before reaching a new peak of number thirty the following week. The following week after that, it reached number 19.