Flies in the home can be super-frustrating, especially when you’re cooking or preparing food.
Not only are they irritating, but they can bring germs inside your living space.
What dangers do flies have?
While most flies are not dangerous to humans, some can spread diseases, such as cluster flies that are found in the UK.
With that in mind, you will want to find solutions to get rid of the fly problem in your home. While you can purchase a fly trap, you can also make your own.
Here are two DIY fly trap guides to prevent flies from becoming a nuisance, and we’ll start with the one that makes use of soda bottles.
How To Make A DIY Fly Trap With Soda Bottles
You can make your own fly trap with some items you already have in the home, such as an empty soda bottle, so it’s really convenient.
Here’s how to get started!
What You’ll Need
- 1 empty 2-litre soda bottle
- Serrated knife
- Cutting board
- Permanent marker
- Ripe fruit
- Vinegar (optional)
- Wire (which will be used to hang your fly trap)
- Once you’ve gathered the materials you need, you can start making your DIY fly trap. Begin by using the marker to draw a line around the top of the soda bottle (aim for below its tapered neck).
- Cut off this part of the bottle with the use of your serrated knife. You can use a cutting board to do this so you don’t cause any scratches or scuffs to your work surface.
- Next, you’ll want to take the top part of the bottle that you cut in the previous step and turn it upside down. Fit it into the soda bottle. Just make sure you remove the cap of the bottle before you do that! You want there to be a hole in the end.
- You can then fill the bottle with items that will attract the flies to the bottle. You can use ripe fruit peels. You might have to remove the funnel part of the bottle so that you can fit the peels and fruit at the bottom of the bottle. What will happen is that the flies will be attracted to the smell and they’ll move down the funnel to get to the fruit, where they’ll be trapped.
- Avoid using foods such as meat in your trap. Although their smell will attract flies, they will also attract maggots. If you don’t want to put any ripe fruit or sweet-smelling peels into the trap, you can choose sweet-smelling soap instead.
- If you have other insects that are being attracted to the sweet scent, such as bees, you can add some vinegar to the bait to keep them away.
- To hang the DIY fly trap somewhere in the house, you should punch a hole in either side of the top and then fit some string or wire through the holes.
- Keep an eye on the fly trap regularly so that you can ensure the bait is still smelling strong – you want it to be pungent enough to attract flies to it so that they don’t bother you elsewhere in the home. You’ll want to replace the bait whenever it starts to rot or lose its powerful smell.
How To Make A DIY Fly Trap With Sticky Paper
If you don’t have soda bottles handy, you can trap flies with the use of sticky paper.
Here’s how to make this type of trap – it’s really easy and should only take you five minutes!
What You’ll Need
- Sticky tape
- Paintbrush (or other brush)
- Cut paper or cardboard into strips. Make them at least a few inches in width, but they can be larger.
- Warm up a quarter-cup of honey and water. You can simply boil some water in the kettle and then add the honey to it and stir it well.
- With a paintbrush, coat one side of the cardboard with the honey-water mixture.
- Then, put these sweet strips on surfaces such as windowsills or tables to attract flies to them.
- The flies will be drawn to the sticky, sweet-smelling honey and they’ll get stuck onto the cardboard. You will have to check to see how effective the strips are at gluing the flies onto them. If they’re not getting stuck, you might have to make your honey-water mixture again, this time by adding a bit more honey to make it stickier.
Extra Tips When Trapping Flies In The Home
- Choose the type of bait that will appeal to the species of fly that you want to trap. Basically, house flies and bluebottles are both attracted to vegetables and fruits. They will love anything sweet, and they will even like anything that’s rotting and smelly. The more pungent, the better!
- Fruit flies love fermented and sweet scents. They will be drawn to fruits, vegetables, honey, and other sweets. They also like beer, wine, and cider. Some even drink vinegar.
Should You Purchase Fly Traps Or Make Your Own?
You might be drawn to the idea of purchasing a convenient fly trap at the store or online so you don’t have to make your own.
But what’s the difference between a store-bought and DIY fly trap?
Basically, the biggest difference is that professional fly traps will make use of poison that will kill flies.
Many of them are non-toxic to humans, but some have unpleasant smells that can be off-putting, so that’s something to consider before you purchase a store-bought fly trap.
While they might be effective, you don’t want to smell chemical-like scents in your home! In this way, making your own fly trap can be much better.
How To Prevent Flies From Entering Your Home In The First Place
- Prevention goes a long way to keeping flies out of your home so you don’t have to trap them. There are some important ways in which you can ensure you make your home inhospitable to flies. Let’s check them out. Plant herbs and flowers. There are some herbs and flowers that, when planted around your home, can help to naturally ward off flies. These include lavender, basil, and catnip.
- Keep your windows and doors closed, especially during times when flies are most active or when you’re cooking in the kitchen as they will be drawn to the scent.
- You should give doors and windows an inspection to ensure that there are no cracks and holes in them through which flies can be gaining entry into your home.
- Keep your garbage can properly sealed at all times. Remove the garbage when it’s full so that its pungent smells won’t attract flies.
- When preparing food, always store it in airtight containers so that its smell won’t attract flies to your kitchen.
- Never leave anything dirty, like dirty dishes, in the sink or counter. At the very least, give them a rinse with water before stacking them.
- Flies can be attracted to animal feces, so make sure you clean your dog’s or cat’s feces immediately. An example is to clean out your cat’s litter box on a daily basis to prevent flies from swarming around it.
- Repel flies with scents they don’t like. There are certain odours that flies are repelled by, such as mint, lemongrass, and clove. Buy some essential oils with these scents and mix them with water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and use it to spray your home to keep flies away. Concentrate on spraying it in areas of the home where you know flies keep appearing, such as around doorways, and do so regularly to keep flies out.
When are flies most active?
Common house flies appear around late May and their population hits a peak during the months of August and September.
They stop breeding in October.
Should you buy UV light fly traps?
Some fly traps make use of UV light to attract and trap flies. But, you can’t put them anywhere in the home because of how much they draw flying insects to them – you could end up with more insects than you wanted!
No one likes it when flies are always hovering around and sitting on food. They can also spread germs around the home. After reading this article, you now know the best DIY fly traps to make so that you can keep flies out.
We’ve also looked at how DIY fly traps fare when compared to store-bought fly traps.