Homemade Fly Trap

Are flies getting out of hand at home? This homemade fly trap is a great way to eliminate these pesky intruders.
Homemade Fly Trap

Last update: 17 July, 2019

Flies can be real pests both inside and outside the home. They particularly buzz in on hot days, looking for food. And they’re not easy to get rid of. So today, we want to show you a homemade fly trap that you can make with just a handful of materials.

There are actually many ways to make flytraps with a variety of materials. But by reusing a few things that you already have at home, you can make an efficient fly trap. And by making your own, you’ll also save money!

Make your own fly trap and use it inside or outside your home. Hang or fix it onto a wall and it’ll keep these pests from flying in!

Make a homemade fly trap

homemade fly traps DIY

Now, we’re going to show you how to make your own fly trap with a plastic bottle. The bottle will work like a trap that you’ll fill with an appetizing substance. Once lured in, the flies will be trapped inside. To get started, you’ll need the following materials:

1. Cut the bottle

Take your plastic bottle and mark out an outline at the top. Next, cut it with your box cutter. You should now have a separate bottom and top part of your bottle.

2. Fit the top part into the bottom part

Flip the top part of the bottle upside down and fit it into the bottom part. It should work like a funnel. The shape will trap the flies inside after they’ve flown in.

3. Make holes

Once the two parts of the bottle are fitted together, make two holes. Use a heated knife or the box cutter from the first step for the holes. You’ll pass the string through these holes later to hang the trap in place. You’ll only need to make holes if you want to make a hanging fly trap. If you wanted to fix one on the wall instead, skip this step.

4. Feed the string through the holes

Once your bottle has holes, pass a strong string or thin wire through them. Make strong knots to ensure the trap doesn’t fall. Now, you can hang your homemade fly trap from a tree or wherever you need it most.

5. Pour in sugar water

Boil water for around 10 minutes and then take it off the heat to cool. Add several spoonfuls of sugar. Leave to rest again and when completely cool, pour it into the bottle. The sugar water plays a key role as it will lure the flies into your trap. The flies will enter and get trapped in the water.

homemade fly trap sugar water

6. Decorate your fly trap

Decorate your fly trap to cover the surface and keep the flies out of sight. Use paint, paper, fabric or whatever you choose to decorate. Try using darker colors because they’re better at masking the floating flies inside. Once you finish decorating, your fly trap is finished!

Replace the sugar water every two to three weeks. Cleaning out the trap every once in a while is important for keeping your home interior or exterior hygienic. As you’ve read with us today, you can make a homemade flytrap with just a handful of materials. You won’t spend much on it and instead recycle a bottle that you don’t need anymore.

Try keeping the fly trap out of the reach of children and away from food as well. Hang it inside your home or in your yard. You can also make several fly traps if you feel the need. They won’t take too much time at all!