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3 Fly Traps to Make at Home

Updated on May 22, 2017
How to get rid of pests naturally with homemade fly traps.
How to get rid of pests naturally with homemade fly traps. | Source

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 Trap

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Supplies for making a bottle fly trap.How to make a bottle fly trap.Assumbled homemade bottle fly trap.
Supplies for making a bottle fly trap.
Supplies for making a bottle fly trap. | Source
How to make a bottle fly trap.
How to make a bottle fly trap. | Source
Assumbled homemade bottle fly trap.
Assumbled homemade bottle fly trap. | Source

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 Home

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Supplies to make a vinegar fly trap at home.How to make a vinegar fly trap.After you poke holes in your celophane, the fly trap is complete.
Supplies to make a vinegar fly trap at home.
Supplies to make a vinegar fly trap at home. | Source
How to make a vinegar fly trap.
How to make a vinegar fly trap. | Source
After you poke holes in your celophane, the fly trap is complete.
After you poke holes in your celophane, the fly trap is complete. | Source

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 Home

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Start out with a wine bottle with an inch of wine left inside and a piece of paper. Red wine works best, but any wine will do.Roll the paper to make a funnel.Attach the funnel to the neck of the bottle.
Start out with a wine bottle with an inch of wine left inside and a piece of paper. Red wine works best, but any wine will do.
Start out with a wine bottle with an inch of wine left inside and a piece of paper. Red wine works best, but any wine will do. | Source
Roll the paper to make a funnel.
Roll the paper to make a funnel. | Source
Attach the funnel to the neck of the bottle.
Attach the funnel to the neck of the bottle. | Source

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.

Which homemade fly trap works best for you?

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Will this work outside? I need something to reduce flies during cookouts. Thanks for the tips.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      In the fall the flies drive us crazy. I'm always looking for a way to catch them. Voted up and shared with Tumblr.

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      brokenmeadows 3 years ago

      Thanks moonlake, I hope these help you! Mel, these will work outside but not as well, because there are so many other things out there to attract flies.

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      DATALOAD 3 years ago from Michigan

      That sounds like it would work perfect for me. Thanks for the idea.

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      Leslie Ramos 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for the idea, I am definitely going to try this. I live in Denver and the flies are just starting to come around, already making me crazy!

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      Billy Turnock 3 years ago from Manchester England

      i think its great when people like yourself come up with great ideas to use household stuff that it is not ordinarily meant to be used for

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      abidareacode 3 years ago from Areacode , Kerala, India

      A VERY GOOD IDEA SHARED TO CONTROL FLIES AS WELL AS TO USE WASTE MATERIALS !

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      Christopher Peterson 3 years ago

      Good tips and excellent pictures and directions!

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      Jessy Katz 3 years ago from Boston

      Goo ideas!

      i have a trick that never fails me, it works on fly but especially on bees:

      take a bottle of Coca-Cola(or any other bottle of 1.5L with similar shape)

      cut it into half, take the half with the cork (take off the cork) and spill some honey on it, now replace this half reversed on the second half and there you have a fly/bee trap!

      enjoy!

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

      Interesting :). It could be the death of the fly swatter :). I will have to give it a go. Thank you for sharing.

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      greenberret1960 2 years ago

      we have a lot of neighborhood cats that we feed on a regular basis and i noticed that they are attracted to the dry cat food so i played around with a couple of ideas i have two traps for flies one is a 5 gallon water jug and one is quite smaller i took the dry cat food in one and i soaked some cat food in water until it left the water a pink colored hue and poured it in the smaller container the liquid one started drawing flies almost immediately so i set up both with the liquid BTW the dry cat food i used is kit and kaboodles works great

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      Penny 12 months ago

      The vinegar trap worked immediately for me. Thanks for the tip!

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      Pam 9 months ago

      You can take used coffee grounds (or unused if necessary), make certain they are dry. Put a handful in an old tin pieplate or piece of foil & light on fire. It will smolder & flies can't stand the smell of the Burning coffee grounds. Replenish as necessary. Keep slightly upwind of guests.

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