How to Catch Flies

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No one likes the sight or sound of annoying flies buzzing around inside a home, however, flies often manage to get inside, especially in summer. An easy way to eliminate the problem is to catch the flies causing a nuisance in your home with homemade traps. These traps can be made in a few minutes with materials from around your home.

How to Catch Flies
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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic water bottles
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sugar
Step 1

Cut the tapered tops off of one or more empty plastic water bottles. Remove the caps, flip the tops upside down, then place them back into the bottles to create a funnel.

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Step 2

Pour approximately 2 inches of apple cider vinegar into each bottle and add 1/4 tsp. granulated sugar.

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Step 3

Place the traps in the areas of your home where you have observed or heard flies. These traps will catch nearly any type of fly you have in your house, from fruit flies to common house flies. The flies will attempt to drink the vinegar and drown in the trap.

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Step 4

Check the traps periodically. Dispose of any dead flies, then add more vinegar and sugar to reset the trap.

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Tips & Warnings

  • After you've eliminated your fly problem, prevent the flies from coming back by keeping your home clean. Take out the trash on a frequent basis and be sure to clean up any food or drink spills promptly.

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