Clever Yet Simple Ways To Keep Pesky Flies Away This Summer
Marilyn Caylor 5/15/2017
Flies have a nearly 360 degree field of vision, which means it's pretty hard to sneak up on the little buggers!
It seem like no matter how fast and "on the fly" you are with that fly swatter, they can see you coming from a mile away.
Thankfully, there are other ways to outsmart them! You won't believe how easy it is for a fly to fall prey to these simple little DIY traps.
The useful tips and tricks below will keep flies from annoying you this summer season, so you can get back to enjoying those long and lazy days - without having to deal with all of the extra swatting.
Try The Penny Trick
Dropping pennies in a glass of water might seem like a strange way to do battle against a persnickety swarm of flies, but it works! They seem to think that your collection of pennies belongs to the mythical compound-eyed Boogeyman of the fly world.
The last thing they want to do is get up close and personal with this gigantic 100-eyed monster. So, they have no choice but to sit back and watch as their worst nightmare protects your food.
When you see the flies cower in the corner, don't be afraid to lift up your glass in victory and say 'cheers' to those fly boys!
Build A Bottle Trap
When you're waging war against the fly kingdom, there are certain rules of engagement that you must follow.
First, leave the toxic chemicals and pesticides at the home improvement store. There's a food hierarchy, and those dead fly bodies are sort of like potato chips for mother nature's other critters. Be kind, and leave them with a pesticide-free snack to munch on!
Next, recycle whenever you can. An empty water bottle comes in pretty handy.
And finally, make it fun! Your evil plot to capture those flies is more enjoyable when you take pride in building a better fly trap. It's a cinch to make one with these simple instructions:
Cut the top off of a water bottle, and then flip it upside down. Gently place the inverted top back into the bottle.
Flies have a sweet tooth, so fill the container with sugar water to use as bait. You can also add a bit of dish soap, which will cling to their wings and weigh them down in a sticky mess when they try to make their escape.
If you want to hypnotize your fly enemies without using breakable glass, then try the penny trick with a plastic bag. You can even tie a pretty flower around the top to tease them!
No matter how badly they want to perch on that flower, they'll have no choice but to stare at the baggie monster in fear. When the light reflects off the water and pennies, it makes their imaginary compound-eyed monster seem to loom even larger!
Making your own sticky fly paper is a lot easier than you think. Just cook up a sticky mixture of sugar and honey in a saucepan until it has reduced and thickened. You can also use corn syrup instead of honey.
Next, cut a paper bag into strips, and punch a hole in the top. Dip the strips into the sticky residue, and be sure to coat both sides so you can kill multiple flies at once!
Hang it up with some twine - no fly in the world will be able to resist this super sweet death trap.
Watch the video below to learn how to make a flytrap three different ways.
No matter how many compound fly eyes are on you at any given time, a fly problem is no problem! Employ these tips, and it won't take long for them to learn that your backyard summer BBQ is not a pit stop - it's a death pit!