House flies are gifted at making you just want to kill them. One can’t help but relish the thought of doing them in, the whole lot of them. Unfortunately, that thought is often easier said than done as these pesky flies are not that easy to get a hold of. Although there is much satisfaction in swatting several with a fly swatter, there is no chance of eliminating them effortlessly and consistently from your home. Before flies drive you nuts so that you unwittingly resort to some harsh chemicals, try this floor trap that is sure to beat at them at their own annoying game. You can turn the tables on the houses flies through a simple homemade trap.
What you will need
- Soda or juice bottle
- Duct tape
- Bait (sugary liquid with dish washing soap mixed in)
Step for making the housefly trap
1. Once you have the materials ready you will need to first cut the top part of the bottle. It is important that you cut it at its widest point. This ensures that the top part fits snugly when inverted into the bottom half.
2. You will need some bait mixed with liquid to fill the bottom half of the bottle to a few inches. This ensures that flies are attracted and drown.
3. Now it’s time to take the top half of the bottle and invert it. Rest it on the bottom half. If it was cut at the widest point then it should be a snug fit.
4. This is where the duct tape comes in. Tape the outer edges to seal if any gap and any chance that a fly might crawl out.
Place this trap anywhere with a concentration of houseflies such as near a bowl of fruits or garbage can.
If you are wondering what other bait to use, you should know that flies love rotting fruit, veggies, old meat. The idea behind the fly trap is to drown the fly once it makes its way into the trap. After dripping the scraps of meat into the bottle, it is imperative to ensure there is enough liquid bait to drown the fly(s). The choice of the liquid bait that will work for the housefly can be wine, vinegar, water, dish washing soap or juice.
Once the fly is attracted by the heavenly smell by fly standards, it makes its way into the inverted top of the bottle and enter the bottle to enjoy the goodies. Once in it cannot find its way out and will drown.
You will have to clean the trap and empty of all the flies and maggots inside before re-using. Pouring boiling water into it does the trick. Alternatively, one can just replace the trap with a new one. Just be sure to kill all the maggots in the old one before discarding.