Homemade Fly Trap – Bait, Recipes, that work and Indoor

A homemade fly trap is easy to come up with bait. These are made using different materials. There are homemade fly trap vinegar and homemade fly trap bottle. By following instructions given in homemade fly trap recipes, one is able to come up with different traps.

Homemade Fly Trap Bait-Homemade Fly Attractant

The different species of flies that there are can result in a repulsive situation. They can be found both indoors and outdoors. When they attack a place, the flies tend to multiply real fast. There is always a need to get rid of them in the most appropriate way. Although there are commercial fly traps, it is possible to achieve great results using simple homemade traps.

A trap needs baiting. Adding vinegar to it helps to prevent bees and other important insects from getting into it. The better the bait is, the better the trap will be. Food items that are starting to rot work well for most flies. In case one decides to settle for rotting food, the trap should be placed in a place where the smell will not be a bother. These make good attractants. Discussed below are some homemade fly trap bait that is easy to make.

Sugar and dish wash:  A mixture of these two acts as an effective homemade fly trap bait. Pour into a bowl ½ a cup of water and add to it two spoonfuls of sugar. Add to these six drops of dish soap. The sugar in the mixture will attract flies while the soap plays a role in breaking the surface tension. This ensures that the trapped flies do not getaway. This bait would be great for fruit flies. It can be used anywhere since it is odorless and safe. The mixture will be sticky and when the fly lands on it, it can no longer fly.

Vinegar and syrup: Syrup and molasses also work in well with vinegar in making a homemade fly trap. Mix the two in equal parts and mix well. This works great as an outdoor bait. Set the trap in areas where there are large populations of flies. The heaviness of the bait will prevent them from flying away once they land.

Homemade Fly Trap

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A homemade fly trap is easy to make and works effectively in getting rid of both outdoors and indoors flies. They make use of materials that can be easily found at home. Most of these are natural fly traps and thus non-toxic and can be used in places with food, children and pets.

Wine trap: Flies normally get attracted to brightly colored and sweet things. With the wine, red wine works best. This can be used together with the wine bottle as the trap or one could put the wine in vessels. When using the wine bottle, get a paper and wrap it into a cone shape so it looks like a funnel. Insert this on the bottle’s opening and use some tape to fasten it. The cone should have a small hole but which should be enough for the flies to pass-through.

Where the wine bottle is impossible to use, any open vessel may do. Put the wine in it and the cone as well. If it is too wide, cover with a plastic wrap and perforate some holes on it. This can then be placed where there are flies.

With this homemade fly trap, the flies will be attracted by the smell of the bait and fly to the wine. When they are in, they lose their ability to navigate back up and out. This way they are trapped. To maintain the trap, one should empty the dead flies and add some fresh bait.

Homemade Fly Trap Recipes

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One way through which a person can learn how to make effective homemade traps is by following homemade fly trap recipes. There are many recipes available online. These give instructions on a step by step basis. They also indicate clearly all the materials that will be required to get the trap ready.

To make the best out of these recipes, it is important to seek out those that come with illustrations. These will make the instructions even clearer. In the end, the result will be a perfect and effective fly trap.

After settling for the ingredients that are most convenient for you, ensure you look at different recipes involving them. Where necessary, make adjustments and mix components that you think could work well together. This will help in enhancing the overall effectiveness of the trap. Also important to find out concerning the homemade fly trap recipes are their pros and cons. One can understand these if they looked up various reviews on the same. This way one knows what works and what does not.

Homemade Fly Traps That Work

For a homemade fly trap to work, it has to be in a position to attract the flies. Once the flies fall for the trap, it also has to be in a position to keep them from getting away. This could be either by killing them or ensuring they cannot exit the trap.  In most liquid-based traps that work, some dish wash soap is added in the homemade traps that work. This ensures that the flies drown whenever they touch the surface of the liquid. Where this is not used, covering the trap up ensures there is no escape.

Homemade Indoor Fly Trap

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Homemade indoor fly traps are great at getting rid of flies in different places. These could be in kitchens at home or in commercial establishments, in living rooms and bathrooms as well. There are many different types of traps that one can choose from. Apple cider vinegar, red wine, fruits and sugar syrups are some of the baiting ingredients that one can make use of. The effectiveness of these traps depends on the ability of the attractant to lure flies to it.

Homemade Fly Trap Bottle

Water, juice, juice and soda plastic bottles can be used in making a homemade fly trap bottle. With this kind of a trap, all the ingredients that one may need are readily available at home. To make this kind of trap, you will need:

  • An empty bottle. This could be any size.
  • A knife or a pair of scissors
  • Duct tape
  • An attractant this could be wine, apple cider vinegar, sugar syrup, fruit juice


  • To start off with this homemade fly trap, use the scissors or knife to cut off the upper part of the bottle. This should be done at the point where the bottle starts narrowing to ensure it does not fall when inverted.
  • Take the attractant and put it into the lower part of the cut bottle.
  • Pick the cut top part and invert it to rest on the lower half. Use the tape to fasten it and ensure there are no loose ends.

With this, the homemade fly trap bottle is done. You can place it around where there are flies. In case you wish to hang it, you can just drill some holes on the sides and insert a wire that is strong enough to suspend it. The flies will get into the bottle but get no way to out. When too many of the flies are caught up in the trap, you can pour out the contents and reset the trap.

Homemade Fly Tape

One easy way to catch flies is through the use of sticky fly tape. It is possible to purchase these from stores or come up with them yourself. They mostly are colored yellow and are meant to attract the flies. Once the flies land on them, they cannot escape as they get stuck on the tape. This method of catching flies though is not sanitary. It is best not used in the kitchen.

Homemade Fly Trap Vinegar

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Of all traps there are, homemade fly trap vinegar is the easiest to make. All that is required is for one to have a bowl and some vinegar. Since apple cider vinegar has a fruity smell, it acts best and can bait the flies easily.

To make this, you will need to have a shallow bowl. Put in it an inch or two of the apple cider vinegar. To make it more effective, you can add a spoonful of sugar into it. This though is optional. Once done, add a few drops of dish wash liquid soap. This will help in breaking the surface tension so that the flies may sink upon landing.

With that the trap is done. It can be placed at the most strategic point. If you so wish, you can cover up the bowl in plastic wrap and poke holes on the top. This will also be effective as it will ensure that even the flies that do not fall into the attractant get trapped.