How is it that a fly can enter your house through the tiniest hole, but is never able to find the exit even when you pull the windows wide open? Pesky little things, flies. They are the most annoying critter in the world, after mosquitoes, of course. So, naturally, what all of us need is a surefire way to get rid of the bastards, and get rid of them for good. And there’s a trick in the DIY genre.
Who knows what nasty chemicals are contained in those anti-bug sprays. Is it really worth risking your health to destroy the plague that are flies? Err… maybe… But there is a much better and safer way to do it! This solution is nature-based and will hurt no-one but those flying nightmares. It may sound too good to be true, but it really works!
This DIY fly-trap requires only three things. Well, four, if you count the water. All you need is a plastic bottle, some sugar, and a banana. A banana? Yes, that delicious, curved, yellow fruit is not tasty only to humans; flies love fruit, and a banana is just the perfect lure.
First things first. Get your plastic bottle. It can be any size you want. For this tutorial a standard 24-ounce bottle was used.
Make sure you have all the ingredients you need handy. The banana can be a little overripe. It doesn’t matter really, as long as it hasn’t turned to mush. Get some sugar as well and you’re ready to go. Oh, and you need some scissors. Sharp ones preferably; otherwise you will have difficulties cutting through the plastic.
Get started! For real this time.
Now that you have assembled all the ingredients, it’s time to get to work. First, cut the bottle in two more-or-less evenly sized pieces. Don’t cut yourself!
Add a few tablespoons of sugar in the bottom of the water bottle. You don’t need too much, just enough to completely cover the base.
Now it’s time for the banana. You only need one half, so set the other one aside (you should totally eat that other half, though. Yes, now. You deserve a little break!). Chop the half banana in evenly sized pieces. Peel it first, obviously…
Now put the chopped banana in the bottle on top of the sugar.
Pour warm water in the bottle, just enough to cover the banana slices and the sugar. Mix with a spoon. Thoroughly.
Next, unscrew the cap from the upper part of the bottle. Flip it upside-down (the bottle, not the cap) and put it inside the bottle with the banana-sugar cocktail.
That’s it! You have just finished building your fly-trap! Now all you need is some flies, but that shouldn’t really be a problem. The bloody buggers are everywhere…
Leave the bottle in a room where you are dealing with a fly situation (basically, any room) and wait. No fly will get out of this one alive! Mwahahaha!
Here is how the trap actually works:
The fly is drawn to the delicious banana-sugar combo and gets inside the bottle to drink that sweet divine nectar. But, then, after it sates its thirst, it can’t get out, because flies are thick that way. In your face, flies!
In only a few days, the bottle will surely turn gross-looking. But it’s still working, so leave it out for at least a week or so to maximize its efficiency.