There is nothing worse than having a BBQ in your back yard and having flies swarm around your food and drink. Also, the same for inside your home, no one wants to be eating and see a fly. The worst-case scenario is when a fly lands on your food or goes for your sugary drink. Seeing a fly land on your food isn’t nice, and flies can carry bacteria, which makes it even more disgusting. Plus, you may have to throw away the food items that it has landed on.
If you leave food unattended inside or outside your home, there is even more chance a fly could land and feast on it. It can be a real nightmare for many people. There are different types of flies that can invade your space or your home; some are worse than others. Some flies are bigger than others, including the bottle flies that are larger than most.
Bottle flies are very common, and they will land on a range of different things, even odorous things on the ground that you would not want anywhere near your food or drink! These flies are characterized by the color of their body, which is either a green or blue metallic color. You will find them near your garbage, rotten smelling food, or anything with a strong smell. These flies can get everywhere; you will want a fly trap to get rid of these!
A fruit fly is another type of fly that you will find inside your home. These are smaller than the bottle flies, and like sugary foods, including rotting fruit, so you may find these inside your kitchen around the fruit bowl if you have one. These flies can contaminate food just like the bottle flies.
A fly trapper is the best way to stop a fly from causing you problems and protect your food. Instead of calling pest control, the best way to get rid of a fly is by using a homemade fly trap. There are different types of fly traps that you can use, and it depends on what one you will find the easiest to make.
A homemade flies trap can be assembled with objects you will find around the home, and the bait is food or drink that you will be able to source. The great news is that you can make your homemade fly trap easily and quickly when you spot a problem without having to take a trip to the store.
There is a variety of food and drinks you can use as bait. It will differ slightly, depending on the type of fly you are trying to trap. If it’s a fruit fly, you will need sweet or sugary types of food such as honey, fizzy drinks, or you can use fruit that is starting to go rotten as the bait.
For a bottle fly, these prefer strong-smelling items that we would consider a bit disgusting like the stuff you would find in the garbage, so foods like meat and this can include raw meat, animal waste, or any other type of strong decay matter. You may need to try a bait mixture of some of the items above to make the best fly trap.
Easy Homemade Fly Traps
To trap flies effectively, you can use any type of homemade trap that you prefer. Below are some of the top fly traps that you can put together yourself.
The Plastic Bottle Fly Trap
This is one of the top fly traps used to get rid of flies, including fruit flies and bottle flies. It is so simple to make, and anyone can create a fly trap like this.
Items You Will Need
To make this fly trap, you will need the following items:
- One large empty plastic bottle – This can be a water bottle or a bottle that had soda inside.
- A marker pen of your choice
- Scissors or a Stanley blade
- Clean water
- Bait of your choice
- String if you want your fly trap to be wall mounted
How to Make Your Homemade Trap
Step 1 – First, the top of the bottle needs to be cut off. Grab your marker pen. It would be best if you used your pen to draw a line around the bottle, so you know where to cut. To make the best fly trap, you will need to make your line under the bottle’s neck.
Step 2 – Once you have drawn your line, you need to use either a pair of scissors or a Stanley blade, depending on what you feel most comfortable using, to take the top off. The best way to do this, if you are using the scissor method, is first to make a puncture hole into the bottle and then use the scissor to remove the top to make this fly trap.
Step 3 – Now, the fly trap needs to be assembled. To do this, all you need to do is get the top you have just taken off, turn it upside down, and then insert it into the base of the bottle. You will notice this is similar in look to a funnel. This is how this fly trap works as when the flies go inside; they cannot get back out due to the funnel design, making this trap fly one of the best.
Step 4 – The bottle top should now be securely in place inside the bottle’s reaming part. If you find there is a small gap where flies may escape then use some tape or glue to seal the two pieces – although this may mean you can only use this trap one time and if using bait that won’t fit through the funnel you will need to bait before you seal it.
Step 5 – If you want to hang this fly trap, you need to make holes so the string can be attached. You don’t need to hang fly traps, although if you don’t want to see the trap in action at eye level, then hanging it works well. Make a puncture hole on either side of the bottle and top using your scissors or the blade. Then thread through your string and make a knot each side so it can be hung.
Step 6 – To make this trap work well, you need to put some water into the bottom of the plastic bottle. Just pour the water through the funnel and fill it up a little bit as you need to make sure there is a gap between the funnel end and the water level, although enough water to create a good trap and enough water to hold dead flies.
Step 7 – It’s now time to add the bait to your trap. You can put any bait of your choice inside. If using the trap for fruit flies, the bait should be sweet-smelling or include a bit of fruit rotting. Fly traps for bottle flies should include a strong-smelling item. To make the bait even better, add some dish soap as this helps to trap the flies as it sticks to their wings.
The Glass Bottle Fly Trap
Like the trap above, this is another one of the best fly traps you can make at home. It works in the same way as the plastic bottle method but uses a glass jar instead, plus you don’t need to have scissors or a blade to hand, and it is quicker to make.
Items You Will Need
For the glass bottle trap, you will need fewer items:
- One glass jar with a neck – Mason jar
- Piece of paper or a firm piece of plastic
- Clean water
- Bait of your choice
- String if you want to hang your trap
Step 1 – First, grab your glass jar and make sure it is empty. If you intend to hang this trap, take your piece of string and wrap it at the neck of the glass jar and make sure it is tight and secure.
Step 2 – Fill the bottom of the jar with water and add any bait that you like. Traps that include the smelliest items work the best. Even rotting fish can be used if you are trapping bottle flies.
Step 3 – Take either the paper or plastic and roll it into a cone type of shape. Ensure the bottom end is small so that flies won’t escape. Place this into the glass, and your fly trap is ready to capture and store dead flies.