3 Fly Traps to Make at Home
Flies are a common summer nuisance. They can find their way into your house through open windows, tears in screen doors, or fruit from the store.
Once inside, they can multiply quickly and seem to take over everything. Getting rid of them can mean taking every piece of trash outside every day, cleaning your sink with bleach after each use, and keeping every bit of food tightly locked up. You may even turn to harsh chemicals and sticky fly traps.
Luckily, there are some simple solutions you can try with materials you have around your house before turning your life upside down to rid yourself of pests. Below are three homemade fly traps to try.
A Bottle Fly TrapClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Make a Bottle Fly Trap at Home
You most likely have all the supplies to make a homemade bottle fly trap on hand. All you need are:
An empty plastic bottle of some sort—it can be a soda or water bottle of any size.
Something to cut with, such as scissors or a sharp knife.
Some tape—duct tape or packaging tape will work best, but even scotch tape will do.
And finally, you need something sweet to attract flies. Fruit juice, apple cider vinegar, red wine, or even sugar water with red food coloring (flies avoid clear liquids) will work.
Now you're ready to assemble your trap. First, cut off the top of the bottle as seen above. Be sure to cut the narrow section of the bottle, so the upper lid will have something to rest on without falling in. Fill the bottom half of the bottle with a few inches of your sweet liquid. Invert the top half of the bottle and rest it on the bottom half. Tape around the outer edge to hold it in place.
Your homemade fly trap is done! Place it wherever you see a concentration of flies, such as next to a garbage can, sink, or fruit basket.
Flies will be attracted to the sweet scent and fly down into the bottle. Luckily, flies aren't the brightest creatures, and will be unable to find their way back out through the small hole. When enough flies have collected in the bottle, throw it away outside and set out a new one.
How to Make a Vinegar Fly Trap at HomeClick thumbnail to view full-size
A vinegar fly trap might be the easiest kind to make at home. First, grab a shallow dish or bowl. Fill it with an inch or two of a sweet, dark liquid. Apple cider vinegar tends to work best in these traps, possibly mixed with some sugar. Next, add some fruit-scented dish soap to the bowl. The dish soap breaks the surface tension, so flies are unable to land on the liquid. Instead, they sink and drown. This trap will work as is, because the flies can't resist the smell and will dive right in, just to drown in the liquid.
Some people suggest covering the bowl with saran wrap. Wrap it very tightly to avoid wrinkles. Poke some holes in the plastic wrap large enough for the flies to get through. This way, any flies that come to investigate will be trapped in the bowl, even if they don't fall into the liquid. Some people say this method helps trap more flies, but others say fewer flies are able to find their way into the trap in the first place.
How to Make a Wine Bottle Fly Trap at HomeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Flies are usually most attracted to sweet, red liquids. Red wine is great for attracting them, although white wine can work too. Take an almost empty bottle, and leave about an inch of wine in it. Next, find a large piece of paper and wrap it into a cone shape with a hole just big enough for flies to fit through. Place it in the opening of the wine bottle, and tape it in place if need be. Once again, the inferior intellect of the fly will allow it to find its way in toward the food source but not back out the tiny hole.
Any cup or jar will work with this method if you don't have a wine bottle. Fill it with any sweet liquid that will attract flies, and put the paper cone on top. Place it wherever the flies are the biggest problem.