Homemade fly trap

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Cut the đứng đầu off the Bottle

Use a sharp knife with a serrated blade lớn cut along the line, severing the top of the bottle. Cut on a cutting board so there's no damage lớn your counter or table surface.

Assemble the Fly Trap

Remove the soda cap, then flip the vị trí cao nhất of the bottle upside down and slide it into the bottom of the bottle, like a funnel, lớn complete the fly trap.

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You can keep the cap on the bottle, but if you do, you will need to lớn punch a large hole in it so the flies can get down into the trap. Keeping the cap on will further prevent the flies from finding their way out.

Bait the Trap

Remove the "funnel" from the bottle so you can place the bait. Choose a bait for your trap.

Flies are attracted to lớn nearly any decaying organic material. Though it is meat and feces that flies seek out to lớn lay eggs (the larvae, which we know as maggots, will immediately feed on those materials when they hatch from fly eggs), few people will want to use that as indoor bait. Consider these pleasant ideas for bait:

Slightly over-ripe fruitA 50/50 water and sugar mixWater mixed with honey or maple syrup for a stickier solutionFruit-scented dish soap

If you are using this trap outdoors, use a more pungent bait. Khổng lồ keep bees out of your indoor or outdoor trap, địa chỉ cửa hàng a splash of vinegar to the mix.