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5 Easy Homemade Fly Traps

Jennifer L. Betts
Many flies are glue traps

Flies are a menace that everyone would gladly avoid. However, vanquishing them from your house doesn't require pesticide bug killers. With a little ingenuity and some DIY know how, you can learn to use standard household items to create different fly traps for killing your run of the mill house flies and those pesky fruit flies.

Indoor DIY House Fly Trap

Control your pest problem with an indoor fly trap doesn't take a ton of materials. You just need to get them attracted and find something that kill them. Apple cider vinegar and dawn work great for the killing part, while sugar will attract them.


To make these homemade traps, you'll need:

  • Containers (pop bottle, cup, mug, mason jar, etc.)
  • Sandwich bag
  • Paper
  • Paper or plastic funnel
  • Sugar, honey or rotting fruit
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Rubber band
  • Measuring cup with a spout
  • Fork
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Make Your Own Sticky Paper

Making your own sticky paper is actually a lot easier than you think. You're just going to grab some paper and some honey.

  1. Warm ¼ cup of honey and water.
  2. Cut paper into strips.
  3. Coat one side of the paper with the honey water mixture.
  4. Lie these on the counter or tape them to windowsills.
insects on sticky tape

Sandwich Bag Fly Trap

Looking to get rid of house and fruit flies? You'll need a mug, cup or even small bowl for this trap. You're probably going to want to opt for an older cup or jar that you could throw away if necessary.

  1. Put a ½ cup of vinegar in the bottom of the cup.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of honey or a few pieces of rotting fruit.
  3. Follow up with a drop or two of sweet-scented dish soap.
  4. Place a sandwich bag over the top.
  5. Use the rubber band to secure it in place.
  6. Poke holes in with a fork. You want these to be large enough for the flies to get through.
  7. Sprinkle some watered down honey on the top.
  8. Set it on our counter and wait.
  9. You can empty out and repeat as it gets full of flies.

Two-Liter Bottle Trap

If you have a big house fly problem, you want a trap that can solve it. Grab your big bottle and:

  1. Cut the top of the 2-liter bottle off, right above the label.
  2. Peel off the label.
  3. Pour in 1 cup of vinegar and 2-3 drops of fruit or sweet-scented dish soap.
  4. Take off the cap.
  5. Flip the top part of the bottle upside down and wedge it in the bottom.
  6. Tape it in place.
  7. Set it in a counter in a fly zone.
  8. Wait for the buggers to be trapped.
  9. Throw away trap.

Funnel Fly Trap

This trap works great for those pesky fruit flies. You can get pretty creative with this trap if you choose to. For example, you could color the cone to look like fruit to bait the flies in. But even if you don't get all creative, this method will still work at home.

  1. Grab a mason jar or an old juice bottle.
  2. Put some old fruit and honey in the bottom.
  3. Add a ½ cup of water and a tsp of dish soap.
  4. Roll up the paper to create a funnel at the top of the container.
  5. Tape the funnel to the sides of the jar or container.
  6. Sprinkle some honey on to the funnel to trap them right away.
  7. Wait for the flies to come in.

Alcohol Fly Trap

Fruit flies love red wine and beer so this can work particularly well for them.

  1. Leave a little wine or beer in the bottom of the bottle.
  2. Add a few drops of dish soap.
  3. Fit the funnel into the top and tape it into place.
  4. Sprinkle a bit of honey on the funnel.
  5. Set it out on the counter.
Vial containing Fruit Flies

Successfully Getting Rid of Flies

The success or failure of your trap is going to come down to getting the right bait to get the flies in and actually trapping them. The best baits are sweet or rotting foods. Other tips for success include:

  • Putting the trap in a high traffic area.
  • Making sure your holes aren't too big so they can fly back out.
  • Adding enough liquid that they will fall in it.
  • Do not add too much liquid. You want the scent and fruit to lure them.

Precautions You Can Take to Avoid Flies

There is no way that you are going to be able to completely avoid flies. That would just be crazy talk. However, there are some precautions that you can take to make sure your house doesn't become infested.

  • Wash and put fruit in the fridge.
  • Follow a house cleaning schedule so dishes aren't left sitting around.
  • Check rooms for any random dishes or food, especially with children.
  • Take trash out regularly.
  • Fix broken seals on your windows.
  • Look for rips in your screens.
  • Use essential oils like lemongrass and lavender for cleaning.

Keeping the Flies at Bay

Even the best of house cleaners will be the victim of flies at one time or another. However, by using a few household items you can easily get this pest control problem handled. Now that you know how to get rid of them, it's time to start making traps.

5 Easy Homemade Fly Traps