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These DIY Fly Paper Strips Eliminate The Most Annoying Kitchen Pest

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No one enjoys spotting bugs in their kitchen, especially when those bugs are as annoying as fruit flies! For something so tiny, they sure can be a pain in the neck!

Related: How to Get Rid of Silverfish For Good

So if you’re tired of spotting little hordes of fruit flies hovering around your fruit bowl, I understand completely, and I’m here to help! :-) Today’s post is packed with helpful tips to get rid of fruit flies, including instructions on how to make your own quick and easy DIY fly paper!

But before we get to that, I wanted to quickly share how to distinguish between fruit flies and another common household pest: gnats. (You want to know what you’re dealing with, after all!)

Related: Easy Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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What’s The Difference Between Fruit Flies & Gnats?

While fruit flies and gnats are both tiny, flying pests, they have a few key differences you can look out for. Fruit flies range in color from light tan to brown, while gnats are usually gray or black.

And as their name implies, fruit flies have a taste for overly ripe fruit and other sugary substances. Fungus gnats, on the other hand, live in soils and on plants.

Related: How To Get Rid Of Gnats

These identifiers should help you determine which pest you’re dealing with. If you are dealing with fruit flies, I definitely recommend trying out my homemade fly paper, which I’ll show you how to make below!

How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies With DIY Fly Paper

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You’ll need:

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Directions:

Cut your paper bag into a few strips about 2–3 inches wide. No need to measure them or anything—this isn’t an exact science! :-)

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Use the hole punch to make a hole in one end of each strip, then thread a piece of twine or string through the hole and tie the ends together. (This forms the loop you’ll use to hang your fly paper once it’s done.)

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Next, add the sugar, honey (or corn syrup), and water to a small saucepan and stir. Cook the mixture over low heat on your stove just until the sugar dissolves.

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Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl, then drag each of your paper strips through the sticky mixture until they are well-coated on both sides.

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Hang your homemade fly paper strips somewhere to dry, and place a towel underneath them to catch any sticky drips. Once they’re no longer dripping, you can move the strips to wherever they’re needed around your house!

Replace your homemade fly strips with fresh ones as needed until the fruit flies are gone.

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Where To Hang Your DIY Fly Paper

Hang your finished fly paper in one or more of the following areas to help get rid of fruit flies:

  • Near produce
  • Near houseplants
  • In the bathroom
  • Anywhere you see them hanging out!

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How To Prevent Fruit Flies In The Future

Tip #1: Clean Up Dirty Dishes

Fruit flies will look at those leftover bits of food on your plates and bowls and see a feast! Make sure to clean up your dirty dishes promptly after eating, or at least rinse them off so there isn’t as much food left to entice the flies.

Tip #2: Cover Your Trash

But fruit flies don’t only have their eye on the food stuck to your plate. They’ll happily make a meal of the food in your garbage too, so make sure you’re using a trash can that has a lid to help keep them out!

Tip #3: Keep Humidity In Check

Fruit flies love a moist environment, so it’s important to keep your kitchen as dry as possible. Moisture absorbers can help keep excess moisture under control, plus they’re inexpensive and easy to use!

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Do you have a tip or method you use to get rid of fruit flies?

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  • I thought I had fruit flies for years. I did everything to get rid of them. Everything I tried seemed to then they were ack in a few days. Then when my sister came for visit, she informed me I had drain flies! I had never heard of such a thing. To get rid of, pure a cup of vinegar in drain. Let it sit while you heat some water to boiling. Pour the boiling water down the drain. Theat will kill most of them. A few days later, repeat. That’ll take care of the problem.

  • Jillee: I had a cottage on a lake behind a large blueberry field for years. We were inundated with fruit flies as the rotating crops ripened before picking. The easiest solution to these pests is:
    make a paper cone a little shorter than an empty jar (I always make 3-4). Pour apple cider vinegar into the bottom of the jar so that it does not touch the paper The fruit flies will smell the vinegar, crawl down the cone and drown in the vinegar because they cannot find their way out. The crawl up the cone to escape.
    I took the jars out many times during the day to release the little buggers humanely. This is much easier than the traps you are making. I love your website. I have recommended it over and over to friends.

  • I soak all my fruit and vegetables, except leafy greens, in vinegar and water for about 5 to 10 minutes when I bring them home. This kills the larve and preserves the life of the food, especially bananas. It also kills bacteria. Use 1/4 cup vinegar to a sink of water. To wash your leafy greens do the same as you use them. I use my salad spinner to wash them with a splash of vinegar a and enough water to cover the greens. Rinse well, drain the water and then spin them. If you don’t have a salad spinner use a mesh bag and a bowl of the vinegar solution. After you have soaked the greens hold bag by the open end and spin it in your sink or take it outside and spin it. Works great!

      • Join the discussion…I am SO sorry you guys…I always accidentally hit the button BEFOR I leave my comment! Anyway now that I know how to clean my greens, can somebody out there tell me how to get my lettuce for salads to last longer that a few days???? HELP!

      • I wrap lettuce with paper towels. The outer layer touching the lettuce dries out, but the rest stays fresh.

  • the best solution i found is to pour “some” dish washing detergent down the drain right before going to bed, and then pour Boiling water down the drain next morning first thing. The idea is fruit flies go to the drain at night to lay eggs. So during the night they lay their eggs in and around the drain entrance, and of course the next morning the boiling water kills and washes away the eggs which are trapped in the dish soap, which has coated the drain. This works really well, and usually after 2 or 3 days of “treatment” the flies are eliminated

  • I haven’t had much trouble with fruit flies since I started using this tip:
    Wash your fruit when you bring it in the house. That way, you wash away the eggs, so there is nothing to hatch!

  • I used red wine vinegar and a bit of dish soap to attract then trap them. I just put it in a small bowl on my kitchen counter where I keep my fruit. I had really good luck with that.

  • I have had great success with the cider vinegar and a couple drops of dish soap in a little custard dish.

    Now I have an issue with the dang fungus gnats that I have all over my house after re-potting some plants (basil, cat nip, and cat grass) to grow in the house this winter. After reading on line I found lots of people with the same problem after purchasing Miracle Gro potting soil…they are just horrible…much more aggravating to me than the fruit flies.
    Anyone have a suggestions for ridding one’s house from fungus gnats? I threw out the plants and dirt and started over with another brand of potting soil and new plants; but, they must be in other plants too as I still have the fungus gnats. Can’t use sprays or granules to poison soil as they are “edible” plants. Help???

  • I was a high school . Biology teacher and taught a Genetics course. We used fruit flies for genetic studies. The cafeteria staff dreaded it! My solution was to put some sliced fruit in a plastic cup and cover it with plastic wrap. I pushed the center down and secured with a rubber band. I would then poke a little hole in the lowest part of the plastic wrap. The fruit flies would crawl in attracted by the fruit. They would stay in because they will only crawl UP and, therefore, don’t get to the little hole. It worked like a charm!

  • The best thing I found, when I had a really bad infestation, was to put the hose on the vacuum cleaner and suck them up. After two days, they were mostly gone, then I put out Cider Vinegar in a small bowl and it took care of any more.

    My husband said I enjoyed the process of vacuuming up those little pests too much, and I have to admit it was satisfying.

  • Banana peel will attract fruit flies. Place a small bit of peel in a small bowl or container (I use those plastic dog food containers), cover with plastic wrap, use a fork to puncture the wrap in a few places. Place bowl near where you find the flies. Flies get into bowl, can’ get out.

  • Do you have any suggestions for getting rid of stink bugs. When the weather turns warm , they are all over my screens. I am also finding them in the house.

    • Join the discussion…Hey, Geri…have you considered talking to someone professional about your stress over exclamation points? I pray to God that those are the worse thing you have in your life to stress about. If so, He has truly blessed you. Do take care.

  • Most of my fruitflies originate in my compost bin, so as I was tired of breeding flies I set up a worm composter just outside the back door (around the corner technically, so any flies won’t get back in the house). I had read that overly acidic compost is what attracts the flies as a kitchen composter typically contains only fruit/vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, etc.; so adding paper and/or ground eggshells might have balanced the pH. But rather than worry about mixing these together in my kitchen it made more sense to set up a larger operation outside. Now I’ll just take out what scraps I have at the end of every day and feed them to my worms, as well as shredded junk mail and my leftover eggshells.

    • Also I don’t know why people are using these strips outside…isn’t that where flies and other bugs belong? If they’re getting in the back door then perhaps there’s something near it that is attracting them that should be moved(?)

      • I agree, if they’re in my house, they’re in my space & they need to be eliminated; however, when I’m outside, I’m in theirs’! No need for elimination there!

  • Another idea to get rid of fruit flies is, to put shot glasses filled with apple cider vinegar near the areas of infestation. You don’t want them actually near your fruit because then I’ll be on your fruit. But if you put little shot glasses of apple cider vinegar around the areas the fruit flies are attracted to that. Top off your shot of apple cider vinegar with one drop of dish soap to break the surface tension. The fruit flies are attracted to the Apple cider vinegar fall in and then cannot get out.

  • Can someone post if they actually have success with the strips. We usually do the jar with vinegar and dish soap. I also put a piece of plastic or press and seal over the top. Then just make tiny little holes in the wrap. We’ve had some success with this. I also live in a climate where it gets very humid in the Summer, which is hard to control.

  • Much simpler is to fill a little bowl with Apple Cider Vinegar and put a few drops of dish washing liquid in it and mix. The sweetness if the cider draws the fruit flies and the soap has broken the surface tension of the liquid so they drown. So much less work.

    • I’ve tried this as well, but my success has been limited as the flies don’t seem to find the bowl even if I place it next to the garbage can, etc. I might drown a few but most of them keep buzzing happily around.

  • Thank you so much for this fantastic , chemical free, idea. I have a client from another country and she loves doing things as if she still lived in the country – way out old fashion stuff. Her apartment is always infested with fruit flies that don’t seem to bother her but it does me, [and her neighbors].
    These are the perfect compromise and she can even make them herself.

  • […] has on occasion insisted we use…ugh, I hate that stuff. So when I saw a pin on Pinterest for cheap, homemade, less-unsightly fly paper, I was all about trying it […]

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  • Just be careful not to put them in open trashcans outside, or out where a bird can try to eat the flies. I have seen and saved a mockingbird all wrapped up in raid fly paper. It almost died but I took it to a wildlife rescue agency to clean it up.

  • I agree with Amanda. You should test your tutorials before you post them. I don’t see one post here saying it worked for them. One commenter said it trapped her bees. That is awful! This is a terrible tutorial and you should take it down!!!!

    • Unbelievable.

      Simple, easy recipe, with other similar ones on the web, and because you can’t make it work (there are a bunch of reasons why it won’t work for you: type of honey, humidity, etc.) you dismiss the whole thing.

      Just don’t read this blog and look elsewhere for answers.

      Or do what other people do – try things out, and post your experience.

      Who knows – somebody might come up with a suggestion that might make it work for you, heaven forbid!

      • Join the discussion…Amen, Stacey! My mom would also say, ” SOMEBODY needs a nap…”. I’d be willing to bet we had mom’s that were a lot alike.
        God bless.

  • I’m a little annoyed because I just spent my morning making these strips the flies just use them to feed and fly off! If you’re going to post DIY tutorials please test them before posting them! This tutorial doesn’t work at all, I used the exact recipe and I tried another with very sticky maple syrup but neither work. I am going to try other organic methods to get rid of my flies but just as a warning to others that want to try this… just know that it DID NOT WORK FOR ME.

  • In the home made flypaper shot, there are some curtains that appear to be the same shape,cut,size as the flypaper, except much prettier. Did you make those? Thanks, heidi

  • I like this idea and will give it a try. It seems like a 50/50 chance from the comments but I am ever hopeful. The doors are opening and closing tons this time of year and inevitably flies enter – hubby is unhappy and running about with the fly swatter slapping at everything until he gets the fly – rather distracting and potentially dangerous . I do have bees in my backyard that we all need for pollination so I’ll not hang any outside. Another idea that works for me indoors this time of year with so much fruit on the kitchen counter is to put a bit of cider vinegar or wine in the bottom 1/2″ of a tall glass, form a cone with a small opening from a piece of paper and tape, place the cone in the glass with the small end just above but not touching the liquid and the wide end holding the paper up and sealing the opening of the glass. The fruit flies are very attracted to the red wine I used and can catch a lot of them. They go in and cannot get out. I take the glass outside and free them where they belong,

  • Very good idea! Just what I’ve been looking for, actually. My fruitflies are being corralled inside jelly jars with cider vinegar, but these darn houseflies are annoying the crap out of me! The mating rituals on my lap are getting more frequent…why on earth do I not own a swatter?!

    Not everyone has access to one, but I have a toddler in my house….so those ugly strips of brown paper I’d imagine could be markered up a bit before dipping to make them look more festive…? I don’t see why having more color would be a deterrent, but it’s a good theory. I’m going to try it.

  • I got really excited when I saw flies attracted to the strips I hung outside. We have an infestation of flies on our patio. The next day there were no flies on the strips, only bees – hundreds of them. So now my fly problem has become a bee problem. They aren’t sticking, thankfully, because I would hate to kill bees. They pollinate my flowers. Now I have to figure out how to get rid of the fly strips without getting stung. Back to square one. Any suggestions out there?

  • Using a homemade flypaper is a good technique to eliminate flies. But when you use them, choose a place that is out of the reach of ants. Otherwise, you will kill the flies, but invite ants to home. :)

  • I use those fly bags you get at the hardware store. They are really stinky, but they work! I put a few out in my yard, not too close to the patio starting in the spring. By this summer I have a lot less flies around. It’s amazing how those things draw in the flies! I figured, for the hundreds of flies that get caught in those things, could prevent thousands more from being reproduced! I say get rid of them early, so you can enjoy the summer.
    I also use the wine glass fruit fly method. I just leave a little wine with a little water and the next morning there’s 6-8 flies floating around.

  • I’ve been wanting to try this fly paper for weeks and finally did so this morning. I’ve had them hanging up for hours now and have yet to catch a fly…… I used a paper grocery bag and it appears the solution is to shiny and is making the flys stay away. My goal is to catch them, not scare away. There are a lot of them in the house and it only makes them go to another room or just away from the strip. I guess I will see if it grabs any as it gets darker tonight (maybe less shine) but I will probably never make these again. Seems easier to just buy them at the store…

    • Update: these don’t even catch the fly. I’ve watched so many flies just fly right off of it. Just totally do not work. Again, will not do this again.

      I also see no replies of anyone actually trying this other than myself. If you read this, don’t waste your time!

  • If you have some extra fabric laying around I bet that would work well too and be more attractive. You could even re-purpose old clothes that are too worn out to donate.

  • Lol My husband and I have had the same conversation about those nasty flycatchers!! I’m gonna have to try making these…..at least they look better than the other ones!

  • I have the absolute greatest way to get rid of fruit flies. And it isn’t even gross. Just take a small pyrex dish and I mean small like a custard dish. Pour about 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and add about 3 drops of dish washing liquid. Leave it sitting out overnight and wake up to at least a half dozen to a dozen or more dead fruit flies.

    • Hi Sue, just saw your post and had to give it a go, well as soon as i put the acv in the bowl i had flies on the bowl. I hadn’t even put in the detergent, any way after putting the detergent in, the flies were on the bowl. After doing a bit of washing up i checked one fly, just checked again and 3 flies now. Thank you for this it really works, now to see how many in the morning.. Finally something that gets rid of those pesky fruit flies..

  • So my creative wheels are turning!! We all have those many cardboard matts from school pictures that we save but never use. Put your paper in those, colored, wallpaper, gift wrap, paper bags, whatever, and it will look like a framed fly collection!!! You could even stick pins in them like they do with butterflies and spiders!!! Is that creative or “sick”?

    So I’m a Grandma that’s over done with the creative thoughts, having raised 5 kids.

  • Does anyone know of an easy way to make a fake wasp nest to deter wasps? My husband likes to leave the garage door open and wasps are always getting into the garage… where the washer and dryer are. We live in a very windy spot, so we probably need something pretty sturdy.

    • I have blown into a lunch bag till it’s like a balloon, tied the top closed & hung it in front of our sunroom doors & we haven’t had any wasps come near anymore…..

  • What a great post. I love DIY just about anything.
    Here’s a thought for those who want a pretty fly strip. Choose your paper and instead of dunking it in the solution, paint it on the “ugly” side of the paper & hang so the pretty faces you. It may be only half as effective, but at least you won’t have to look at the stuck flies. I like the penny in a bag solution–but my evil side wants to catch them so they can’t multiply.

    Here’s a giant eww factor: When our boys lived at home flies were never a problem because they prided themselves on catching them in flight. At least they didn’t eat live gold fish.

  • Hmmmm I am wondering if we couldn’t use wall paper. You can get discontinued rolls at store for a little of nothing. Or you could probably ask for left overs or for their display book to be given to you. I love the idea of shapes! You could do a doggie cookie cutter over the pet area. A kitty cat cookie cutter over the cat box. Stars, stripes, the possibility is endless. I am wondering if it would be a good idea to add a little boric acid also to the mix for those that do not get stuck to it but just come by for a lick….may as well make it deadly huh? And if ant or roaches go to it same deal! Love this site. To me the ONE GOOD THING is JILLEE. I come here everyday!

  • Last September, as we awaited the home birth of our fifth, I came across this idea, too, and immediately loved it. I have to say though, I was sorely disappointed with the results. Yes, it was very sticky, but we made a dozen strips and caught nary a fly! Has anyone tried this with different ingredients with better results? I’d love to know!

  • Your fly strips look really cute next to your fabric strip curtains!! I think fly strips work best of all things and we get a lot of flies here in cattle country. Thanks for the recipe!

  • I grew up in Texas seeing the bag of water over doors all my life. Last year I discovered the scientific reason why it works! Flies have multiple eyes and see multiples of the same object. A bag of water that refracts the light looks unfamiliar to the fly – unfamiliarity = predator so they stay away. Adding a shiny coin – ie: pennies, just makes the ‘predator’ even more frightening to the fly! Thanks again for an awesome money saving hint! My house is full of them – hints..not the flies! :)

  • I’m with you Jillee on those fly paper strips, I can’t imagine putting them in the house. Your husbands a lucky guy you even let him hang them in the garage…even luckier you found a better way! I have used EO’s to chase flies and other critters away as well. I have also heard that growing basil or lavender around doorways or having plants in the house keeps them away as well. Thank you as always Jillee. :)

  • Great idea! I was thinking you could use strips of scrapbooking paper along with some ribbon for those who have it lying around like I do. I plan on using my edging scissors to cut a nice decorative edge around the paper, too. Thanks again, Jillee!

  • Why not make them out of a coordinating color construction paper and cut them into decorative shapes? Who says they have to be brown paper bags and strips? Make them like a mobile, or use greeting cards and stand them up on a table, bookcase, etc. That would be a good use for greeting cards and would disguise what they actually are. Get creative.

  • My Husband has a Shop/Home business that these will be perfect for. They will not be as noticeable as the store bought fly strips and I like the idea of using a color of paper to “blend in”.

  • Thank you for this post. I hate those things and my father in law has one hanging in his carport at the back door…yuk…
    Well for the first time I had to buy one to put it into my chicken feed shed. We have had so much rain lately the flies are taking over. Yep I broke down and purchased the mess. That sticky stinky mess sticks to everything and it is just awful.
    Can you tell how thankful I am to see this homemade diy? I can’t wait to try it at the very least it will look better and probably smell better…

  • An alternate idea to pretty up the home made fly paper might be to use rubber stamps to decorate the paper before soaking (would need to use an ink such as stazON which is permanent and water proof). This way can customoze to your decor and perhaps even make a few gifts!! I am so grateful for this idea, fly paper seems to work great but with pets I abhor using chemicals. Thank you so much for this idea!!!

  • Good idea ! But, I wounder if they won’t also draw roaches and ants ? I’m not sure how long they’d last here, either, on the very, very humid Gulf Coast of Texas, before they mildew in our heat. I’ll give them a try, though, a great creation !

  • This is probably one of the best ideas I have seen. We always have flies during the summer especially after it rains and this I will try. Thanks,
    Brenda

  • Read somewhere that a filled clear plastic bag with a penny in it would work also, hang it somewhere. Never tried it but sounds intriguing.

    • I live in Florida. One day I was at an outdoor fish market. I’m purchasing fish & hanging above me are small zip-lock type plastic baggies with a penny inside each bag. I asked the proprietor why those were hanging there & he explained “to keep the flies away”. And, sure enough, I looked around the market & there were no flies. I then went home & tried it & it really works. Don’t know if it will work with fruit flies but it certainly couldn’t hurt to try it.

      • Mia, make sure you use shiny pennies & place it in the sunlight. The reflections off the pennies make the flies think there are preditors near & they will stay away.

      • Amy Wyn Do you leave the zip lock bags open? or do you close them? How on earth does this work?? This caught my attention – Flies are horrible in in Florida…and my Yorkie tries to bite my legs if I am swatting flies in the house..Is that not wierd??haha

      • Judy Ann, you close the baggies, but make sure you use pennies that are shiny. The sun must be able to hit them & make reflections off of the shiny pennies. The flies see this & presume it is a preditor, therefore they stay away.

      • Oh!…Judy Ann! Bless your heart, I am sitting here just crackin’ up over your Yorkie comment! As you can see above, I have made a few comments that may have rubbed some the wrong way but I guess I’m starting to feel the effects of the CO-VID19 stay home stuff. So thank you for a good belly laugh and give your Yorkie a big hug from this old lady! OK?

      • 2ne post – my first one didn’t post under yourname

        Amy Wyn, Do you leave the zip lock bags open? or do you close them? How on earth does this work?? This caught my attention – Flies are horrible in in Florida…and my Yorkie tries to bite my legs if I am swatting flies in the house..Is that not wierd??haha

      • My dogs always tried to attack me if I try to swat at a fly, or any type of bug on the wall…Glad I’m not the only one! lol

      • You’all are killing me!! I am laughing so hard! You realize why they do that, right? They think that there is a threat to you that you are trying to get away and so they THINK they are loyally helping protect you.

      • I made some of these strips last night… I’d read this post a few weeks ago, and thought ‘Oh well in the future if ever there’s a time that I end up being plagued by flies, I shall try this’….. well just MY LUCK, suddenly out of nowhere I have been PLAGUED!!! I wake up, tons on the windows. I kill them or as many as I possibly can. They seem to come back to life or something, am I crazy? WELL I first filled a few brightly colored and glittery cups with about an inch of green apple scented dish soap, and about an inch of water, set them out where the flies are.. THEN I make these strips last night with corn syrup because I don’t use corn syrup very often and I loves my honey… anywho so I thought i’d put it to good use. WELL. I touh them and they feel really sticky, so i’m thinking ‘awesome this might just work’ well they dry, I hang them from the windows (with floss and bread twisty ties cause I didn’t have twine) so I sit back and watch after fighting what seemed like a hundred or more flies and one lands on the strip in the dining room. I get excited. and then it FLIES RIGHT OFF!!! this is my face——–> :O……. So anyhow, i’m hoping with time it’ll gum up more but I’ve about four methods going all at once… The fly paper, soap and water, crushed mint, and bay leaves (dried) which I found on this site. :) thank you by the way.So far they don’t land on the surfaces that have mint and bay leaves, but on the windows still. They seem a bit confused…. I had tried using lavender essential oil on a little piece of coffee filter and put it where they were hanging out because I read somewhere that flies hate the smell…. didn’t seem to work, and I was sad that i’d used my precious lavender oil… but at least it smelled good around there… SO I’m hoping something works, otherwise I don’t know what to do.. other than break out the pennies and ziplocs… the dish soap and water method has worked BEST so far… aside from my fly swatter…

    • Barbara, while I haven’t tried it myself there are a lot of people that say it works really well. You fill 1/3 or so with water and hang over doorways and or windows that flies come in through. Apparently because of all of their eyes (or the way their eyes work) the reflection from the water keeps them away (some say they think it’s a predator others rain…) adding the penny I guess creates more reflection. Not sure if sun or light is needed for this to work or not. I have also heard bubble wrap rolled up and hanging in the doorway does the same thing. Interesting but again not sure about the need for bright light to reflect.

    • We used to use the ziploc bag filled with water to keep the flies out of our garage. We never bothered with any coins, penny or otherwise, and it worked great.

  • These dont seem any prettier than the other to me but it is nice to have a back up when we run out of the other. My garage is attached to my dinning room and hubby will run in quick tongrab something and not close the door behind him and wallah flyfest begins!!! We always have the nasty ones in the garage but our tennis racket electric killing bug killer cant always catch them all. Thanks!!!

  • I agree that the brown paper sack and twine is almost decorative, but if someone didn’t like that they could probably use different colors of construction paper and yarn. It would be more expensive, but might ‘coordinate’ with the current colors of their decor. Another thought, wonder if one used dark paper if one might be able to ignore the nasty flies due to them blending in with the background color of the paper? Yuck.

      • They’re actually attracted to yellow and white. The paper bag with honey on it is yellowish, I’m not sure a dark color would work as well. Then again, they’re attracted to the sweet stuff too. Let me know how it works!

  • This is awesome! I am definitely going to make some of these next summer (it’s winter down-under atm). I don’t think you can get the commercially made version here anymore, and I WON’T use fly spray, so this is going on the list of things to try.
    Thanks!

  • I was just thinking about this the other night! We’ve had a bad problem with fruit flies lately. I was about to resort to fly paper and though ‘I wonder if there’s a way to make your own?’ I’ll have to give this a try!

    • My go to fruit fly catcher: pour some apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar in a white bowl add a drizzle of dish soap. I have it out all summer and top up as it evaporates or refresh when it is full of flies.

      • May just try this Diane! I don’t fancy getting my hands all sticky with honey or sugar and hanging these little bad boys up. Does it have to be a white bowl? I have some, just wondering.

      • I use a little mason jelly jar and it works great. I change it out each morning. You only need about 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar and a drop or two of dish soap. I noticed if you leave it sit a few days it is less effective.

      • This has worked the best for me so far, other than dish soap green apple scent and water in brightly colored cups.

    • Really I hate having jars around with dead flies too. I am sure this will not look that great either when the flies start attaching to it…

      • Has anyone ever tried this with fruit flies or drain flies? Those tiny pesky annoying ones??

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