How to Make a Fly Trap

How to Make a Fly Trap

How do you make a fly trap?

  1. Soda Bottle Fly Trap
  2. Honey Fly Trap
  3. Ziploc Fly Trap


Flies are terrible visitors to have in your home. They’re known to be downright unsanitary, and there’s no telling where they might have come from before entering your household. After all, these insects do consider disgusting things as delicacies like poop or garbage. Unfortunately, flies reproduce very quickly and it seems impossible to get rid of them for good. That doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about the problem anymore. You can just learn how to make a fly trap.

Since you can find commercial fly traps in the market, it would be easy for you to just buy a few and set them around the house if you have some cash to spare. But if you want to stay thrifty and still alleviate your housefly problem, then you can try to make a homemade fly trap!

Here, you’ll learn how to make a few fly traps on your own with materials that are likely lying around in your house or are easy to obtain. Read on for more!


Soda Bottle Fly Trap

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This is perhaps one of the most famous DIY fly traps you can make right now. You can easily set this fly trap indoors or outdoors and find it effective if made correctly. To set it up, you’ll need:



  • Two-liter soda bottle
  • Serrated knife
  • Permanent marker
  • Bait
  • Tape



  1. Mark the bottom of the neck of the bottle with a permanent marker and cut with the serrated knife.
  2. Place the bait into the bottom half of the bottle. Flies are attracted to organic material and sweet stuff, so you have plenty of options here. If you’re setting the trap indoors, a mixture of sugar, honey, and water should do the trick. To prevent the trap from attracting bees, you can also add some vinegar. Other options are rotten or overripe fruit, meat, and feces, but those are best to be used outdoors.
  3. Remove the soda cap and place the top half upside down into the bottle, to make a funnel of sorts.
  4. Tape it thoroughly into place, making sure that there are no extra holes for the flies to escape through.
  5. Set it in an area where flies are frequent and watch them get trapped inside!


Flies are not known for precision flying, so once they get inside the bottle, they will surely have a hard time getting out. Additionally, if they get trapped in the water, their wings will be wet and they won’t be able to fly. This trap can also be hung on walls if you wish — just punch some holes and make a handle using a wire and you’re good to go.


Honey Fly Trap

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This DIY fly trap is similar to the commercial sticky paper traps that you may find on the market. Believe it or not, it’s actually quite easy to make your own! Here’s how:



  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Water
  • Honey



  1. Cut the paper into strips of any size that you want.
  2. Warm a mixture of ¼ cup of honey and some water.
  3. Cover one side of the paper with the warm mixture. Try not to put too much that will damage the paper.
  4. Place the trap on any counter and tape it in place.


Flies will already be attracted enough to the honey, but little do they know that it will trap them on the paper itself. The honey and water mixture is sweet, gooey, and wet enough that getting enough on a fly’s body will impair its movement.


Ziploc Fly Trap

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The Ziploc Fly Trap is another crafty way to take advantage of a fly’s inability to fly precisely and to find their way out of places they get caught in. Just make sure you’ll use a container that you can throw away if necessary! To do this, just follow these instructions:



  • A container, possibly a mug, cup, or tumbler, preferably disposable
  • A Ziploc or sandwich bag
  • Rotting fruits, sugar, and honey
  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Rubber band



  1. Pour ½ cup of vinegar into the container.
  2. Place the rest of the bait, the rotting fruits, sugar, and honey, into the trap.
  3. Mix in two drops of sweet-scented dish soap.
  4. Place the bag over the top of the container and poke holes that are just large enough for the flies to fit through.
  5. Sprinkle some extra honey on the top.
  6. Set it out on a fly-frequent zone.


Much like the other traps, the idea here is to trap the flies into the container and render them immobile with the liquid mixture.


Key Takeaway

Learning how to make a fly trap at home is inarguably a valuable skill, but it shouldn’t stop there. Flytraps will be able to catch a few flies and you can do with them what you want, but it does not offer a long-term solution. These fly traps will help lessen the number of flies in an area for a short time only.

If you have persistent problems with flies, or any other pests like termites and ants, then it’s time to call for professional help. In the Philippines, the best pest control solutions provider you can find is Topbest! With our team of experts, we are the most trusted pest control services you can find.  If you need help, we offer a FREE consultation — just contact us here!