How to Make a Simple DIY Fly Trap

Updated: Apr. 09, 2024

Wonder how to get rid of house flies around your home? Wash a plastic beverage bottle and cut off the top.

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Rodents aren’t the only pests homeowners are looking to get rid of. Here’s an easy way to get rid of annoying flies in your bathroom, kitchen or anywhere around your home. Reuse a plastic bottle. Wash  it and cut off the top. Stick the cutoff top upside down in the bottle’s bottom. Mark a line slightly below the bottle’s spout. This will serve as a “fill to” line. Fill with apple chunks, the riper the better, and 2 cups of white vinegar to deter bees from the trap. Place the cutoff top upside down in the bottle. Flies can easily get into the wide opening, but it’s difficult for them to get back out.

Note that the better the bait, the more effective these will be at getting rid of flies. Any type of decomposing fruit or vegetable will work, too. Try different ingredients to see what’s most effective in your house.

Because you are using rotting food to attract and trap the flies, make sure to place the homemade fly trap in a place where the smell won’t bother you or the neighbors.

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