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DIY: Organic Fly Trap

If you don't feel like spending your endless Summer chasing flies around with a swatter, a fly trap may be more like it. I recently came across a DIY for making an organic fly trap, and since this season goes hand-in-hand with the little pests, I decided to summarize it for you. You should have most, if not all, of the supplies already in your home.


  • A two-liter soda bottle (used)
  • Sharp knife
  • A wire hanger
  • Match, lighter, or stove gas flame
  • Electric tape
  • Bait (like a small piece of meat or dog poo mixed with water!)
  1. Remove the bottle cap.
  2. Cut through the bottle a third of the way down.
  3. Place the bait in the base of the bottle (the bottom two-thirds).
  4. Invert the top third of the bottle, and slide it into the base.
  5. Tape the two pieces of the bottle together.
  6. Bend some wire into a U shape (for hanging), with ends angled inwards.
  7. Heat up the ends of the wire, and bore two holes into either side of the bottle by pressing with the hot wire.
  8. Make sure the wire is securely hooked into the bottle.
  9. Now, hang your fly trap and relish in fly-less, chemical-free bliss!

Source: Ecobites, Style Me Pretty

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Amber2991373 Amber2991373 4 years
You can also use a small amount of the soda and add molasses or a thick sugar syrup to make em stick.
Christa2263903 Christa2263903 4 years
How does it work?
xtsr xtsr 8 years
great ideas guys! we always get annoooyiiing fruit flies in the house so this will prove useful! thanks.
CYL CYL 8 years
Dog poo? Really? Would get awefully smelly real soon on a hot day!
northbeachalex northbeachalex 8 years
a little bit of red wine works really well too (and doesn't smell!)
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
Bait (like a small piece of meat or dog poo mixed with water!).... MMMM sounds like dinner! That is so nasty, who the hell thought of this mix? There are more sanitary alternatives.
Kalliefornia Kalliefornia 8 years
Pouring wine in the bottom of it would help too. Wine attracts flies and gnats.
moss1080 moss1080 8 years
Another easy way to trap flies is to fill a container with about a 1/3 cup of apple vinegar and then a few drops of liquid dish soap. the flies are drawn to the smell of the vinegar and the soap is to make the liquid too dense for them to land on. viola!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
they make these that you can buy for yellowjackets, and they really work. exact same concept. I think I tried it with a little bit of meat and also with a little sprite, and it worked equally well. not sure if flies are attracted to the same stuff as yellowjackets, though
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