Flies are a nuisance. They multiply fast and hover over the dirtiest places and even areas you do not want them in. While it’s convenient to buy flytraps from the local store, it’s not as cost-efficient and could become just as much of a nuisance, especially with how flies can multiply in one night. In this case, a homemade fly trap might be suitable and just as effective as a way to kill flies.
Fly Traps from Stores
Fly traps bought at the local store work simply; they are thin sheets of paper lathered with sticky substance. This sticky layer is supposed to emit a kind of smell that is too tempting to pass off. Since flies are blind and find their way by smell, attracting them into a trap is easy. When making a homemade fly trap, all that will be needed is an effective body for the trap and really smelly bait.
Making the Poor Man’s Fly Trap
People call this particular homemade fly trap as the “poor man’s fly trap” mostly because the materials are commonly found inside or outside of the home. An empty plastic soda bottle is the most common object in any household that you can find. It is also the cheapest and most convenient to use for a homemade fly trap. For one thing, it won’t get soiled under the rain like cardboard milk containers and toilet paper rolls. The two biodegradable objects are not completely useless; in fact, they are perfect for environmentally conscious people.
Regardless of what material is used to make the trap, an empty paper towel roll is actually preferable as a support. The first thing to do is cut a depression into the empty paper towel roll. The depression should match the width of the plastic soda bottle because it will serve as the holder. The paper towel roll will act as a stand to keep the plastic bottle in place, preventing it from rolling over or falling off. The plastic soda bottle will be placed on its side.
Now, to make the bait: find a straw or stick that will quickly fit into the opening of the bottle. Naturally, this straw or stick will have to be dipped in anything sticky and sweet. Honey is the best jelly to act as bait. There is no need to lather the stick or straw too generously with honey, dipping it once will suffice.
Death by Drowning
Another way of making a homemade flytrap using plastic soda bottles is filling it with soapy water at the bottom. This time, it will be placed vertically standing. Instead of using the opening, cut two golf-sized holes near the neck of the bottle. The bottle should be at least 2-liters big so that the holes won’t consume too much space. As bait, simply find smelly treats or food. It can be anything; a piece of tuna, a small dried fruit or honey-lathered straw.
Tie the bait with a piece of string and tape the other end underneath the cap of the bottle before sealing it in. The idea of this homemade fly trap is that if the flies ever break loose from the bait, they will fall into the soapy water, preventing them from flying out the way they came in. Flies will die due to drowning or simply starving in these traps.
For a really poor man’s homemade fly trap, mixing sugar with vinegar will make a really effective bait. There is hardly any need for soapy water or additional bait; the sugar will do the attracting while the vinegar will serve as the trap. For a more eco-friendly repellent instead of trap, fragrant oils work wonders. Sage, rosemary, lavender and peppermint oil can ward off some flies away from certain areas of the house and possibly into a homemade trap.
Still More Alternatives
Okay, if you’re still not convinced, or you’d like to double team the flying parasites, check out this totally NOT homemade or natural killer. We use both natural and store bought to control flies in our rural home!