What are the best ingredients to add to a fly trap around the horse barn? I have been using a smelly bait and I would like to try something made with natural ingredients.
By Cindi from Ocala, FL
Stinky bait or not, I hang the traps where there is plenty of light, in other words, outside, not in the barn. The flies around a barn bite the animals yet seem drawn to the smell of milk souring along with a little raw meat. Those are natural products. Even fly carcasses rotting in water will attract other flies.
How do I make a good fly trap for both the inside and outside of my home?
By Jenn P from Burlington, WY
Use a thick square of paper, such as construction paper, some dark molasses. Spead a thin layer on each side of the paper, attach a wire or small string for hanging. You can do the same thing if you prefer the strips. Just cut the paper into strips and hang.
We go through an awful lot of fly traps during the summer months with the animals. Does anyone have a homemade recipe for the liquid you put in a jug?
Kim from WI
The other thing is here different flies are attracted to different smells so apparently by adding cabbage leaves that will attract a different fly or a fishy smell with attract other types. I have used the blood and bone recipe and it works well. Give it a try what's left over put in the garden.
By Brent from New Zealand
Homemade Fly Traps
You need a clean, empty one gallon milk container. Be sure to keep the cap. Cut four or five small holes all around about two inches down from where it starts to slope towards the cap (about where the center of the handle is.) Mix 1/4-cup syrup and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and pour into container. Fill to halfway with water and put on cap. Place a couple of these flytraps where the flies are thick. You will probably have to empty it out every other day or so.
Homemade Fly Traps
Cut a plastic 2-litres soda bottle 1/4 down from the top. Invert top portion into bottom portion. Punch 4 holes at top, tie string (twine) to hold both portions together and hang. Add hamburger or fly bait (I filled the trap with 1 inch of sugar water and added a piece of ham.). Most flies are too stupid to find their way out. (source)http://www.lilbeginnings.com/links/info/misc/
Homemade Fly Trap
Mix ingredients to make fly bait. Cut a plastic 2 liter soda bottle 1/4 down from the top. Invert top portion into bottom portion. Punch 4 holes at top, tie string (twine) to hold both portions together and hang. Add fly bait and hang at your barn. Dispose of entire container when full of flies. (as you probably know, the longer this hangs the worse it smells and the more flies that it attracts.)
Homemade Fly Paper
Brown paper bags, cut into strips. Boil milk, pepper, and sugar together for 5 minutes. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes longer, until thickened, and then let cool.
Wind the brown paper strips into a tight roll and drop them into the milk mixture. Let them become completely saturated. Rewind the strips gently and let them air dry on a cookie sheet. They are ready to hang when they are sticky to the touch.
To use, suspend the strips up and out of the way wherever flies are a problem.
CAUTION: Keep the strips away from young children, especially after they are covered with flies.
(source) http://www.showhorsepromotions.com/horseflies.htm (08/09/2006)
Rotting meat is a favourite for many fly species as any roadkill or the likes will attest to. Fly traps are closed, except for the access holes for the flies, so this kind of trap really doesn't smell that bad for us humans unless you stick you're nose right down to it, which of course you don't want to do, because, yuck. (08/10/2006)
You will need:
Using a funnel place vinegar and sugar in the bottle, remove funnel and carefully slip pieces of the banana peel into the bottle. Then fill the bottle to 2/3 full with water. Place lid on bottle and shake well to mix. Using a strong piece of twine or cord tie the bottle to a tree limb leaving it about 4 or 5 feet off the ground, then remove lid so that bugs can crawl or fly inside bottle. It takes about a week for it to ferment and start working, but it will work for months, or until the bottle is full of flies, wasps, hornets, and mosquitoes. It is amazing to see all of the pests this trap will contain. (04/11/2007)
You will need:
Simply cut a bottle into three parts: cut 2 thirds of the way up and again just blow the neck. Put water into the large section, discard the centre section, turn the top part upside down on top of the large section and put jam or honey on the inside of the nozzle. To make sure honeybees cannot fall for this trap apply 1/4 cupful of vinegar. Place the trap in shade if possible to stop the jam/honey melting. Yours truly.
By Navy Veteran
Take a plastic sixteen ounce bottle of Tropicana Orange Twister. Drink most of it. Leave about half an ounce. Lay the bottle on it's side. The wide mouth bottle seems to work best. It's all about the faster you get flies in, the faster they start drowning in the juice. There's no worry about them finding their way out. If they fly out, they come right back in for another dive.
I actually think the sugary juice is intoxicating to the flies. And I guess the fructose sugar glues their wings and they can't swim. A bottle will begin to fill up in no time. The more dead flies in the bottle, the more flies that show up to party in the bottle.
Drawback: Yellow jackets and wasps like the juice too. You don't want them swarming around.
Alternative: I'm experimenting with mixing vinegar in the juice to dissuade the stinging varmints. So far, seems to be working. You just got to be careful not to spill the fruit juice on the ground or in your surrounding area.
Also, from Home Depot I looked at one of those hornet spray cans that fire away from ten or more feet. But I'm still worried about the rabbits and cats. So, I'll see how it goes with the vinegar mix. (10/15/2007)
By New Mexico fly catcher
I used a small glass jar (like baby food size) and Saran wrap with rubber bands to make the lid. I poked 15-20 or so holes with a paperclip, stretching them out just a little, to make sure the bigger flies could crawl in. Left the jar overnight. Sometimes shook/shifted spots elsewhere in the apartment to disturb flies where they were sitting, if it was not near the jar, to get them to find the jar faster. Very, very awesome method for fruit flies in Hawaii. (02/04/2009)
By guest in Hawaii
Does anyone have a for sure, easy, homemade fly trap?
By xoxome from Shafter, CA