We spend a lot of time outside & one of our big challenges with outdoor living are a huge quantity disgusting flies!
In the past I’ve bought traps and bait (that smelled foul) & they have been really helpful.
However I have found a great DIY solution to keep the population down and best of all you can make this fly trap yourself from used plastic bottles which appeals muchly to my reusing ethos and also makes it FREE!
Here is a method to make an efficient fly trap from one of your used plastic water bottles.
This is great for all sorts of domestic flies, blow flies and fruit flies
BAIT- a small chunk of meat chopped into the water will attract blowflies or a small amount of cat/dog poo with a little water. This will cook nicely in the warm air and attract flies like, well like flies on ****!
1) Collect a plastic bottle, it doesn’t seem to matter if it’s a large soda bottle or a single serve water bottle
2) If any black bases that are often on the larger plastic bottles, remove these.
4) Place the bait in first to stop getting this over the entry section as the flies will happily feed on this and not enter the trap.
5) Invert the top 1/3rd section of the cut bottle and place in the bottom 2/3rds as indicated in the illustration.
6) Tape or glue the bottle together, I used a few staples first then sealed the 2 edges with wide packing take
7) Optional – Cut some wire in to a ‘U’ shape with some right angled ends that turn in towards the bottle. Either cut a small hole or heat the wire to burn a hole. This will be used as a hanger to be placed over a branch, on a fence, nail, etc.
Now your trap is ready to hang wherever you need it.
The trap works by luring the flies in to enjoy a feed. They are trapped and eventually die. In turn, the flies rot and attract more flies. You will find the stink quite strong, so keep away from the house.
I made my first one this weekend, the cats obligingly provided a little bait & I placed it on the ground in some dead leaves.
I checked on it a couple of hours later, it had got knocked over so was lying on the dead leaves at a 45 degree angle and had more than a dozen flies already trapped!
I was astonished how effective it was. No need to pay for expensive variations so I have made a couple more
NOTE: Once the bottle is full of dead flies, empty it in to your garden and bury the rotting insects. It makes a great nitrogen fertilizer, but it does rather pong!
Bonus -No nasty chemicals used