How to Make Your DIY Fly Trap from Materials

How to Make Your DIY Fly Trap from Materials: Summer is great, but the buzzing of fruit flies and chewing carpenter bees can put a damper on your summer enjoyment. While fruit flies can’t do much damage, wood-boring carpenter flies can do more than just ruin your summer. By boring into wood trim, siding, your deck, and outdoor furnishings, they can cause hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage. Given today’s lumber prices, it makes sense to make some simple DIY fly traps to control these pests.

Fortunately, control measures for both bees and bees are fairly simple. Chances are good that you already have the water bottles necessary to make an effective DIY fly trap—they come right out of your recycling bin. And as for catching carpenter bees, all you need are basic power tools, some scrap wood, and fly-trapping containers that also come out of the recycling bin.

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Let’s say you don’t own much in the way of tools, but you want to start making some of these traps. As it turns out, making fly traps is not only easy, it’s a great way to start your DIY skills. Unlike other projects, what can be the most here? If something goes wrong, just throw it out and try again with another piece of scrap wood.

DIY fly trap

Fruit flies are common flying insects that feed on sweet and sour fruits and vegetables. In the worst case, they can go inside and lay their eggs inside. You can read more about their biology here. The goal of making a DIY fly trap is to lure these insects to their doom by placing sweet bait in a clean container with an inverted funnel insert. Flies are attracted to the lure and collect on the walls of the container and eventually die.

As for what you add to the fly attractant mix, that’s up to you. After looking at dozens of recipes online, even some written by agronomists and agronomists for the Cooperative Extension Office for Land Grant Colleges and Universities, all I can say is that any sugary mixture will work. And given how inexpensive these traps are to manufacture, you can try different combinations to see which works best on the pests in your area. In my bottle, I took apple cider, orange juice, and a dash of water and added several drops of dish detergent to reduce the surface tension of the mix, which increases its ability to trap flies. You can find two additional different blends here, in this well-produced video by organic farmer Jagmeet Singh, who, along with his wife, owns and operates Daisy Creek Farm, a 20-acre farm for you. The enterprise is where they grow fruits and vegetables. Controlling flies without pesticides

How to Make Your Own DIY Fly Trap from Materials

DIY bee net

Carpenter bees dig tunnels in wood to lay their eggs. (You can read more about their biology here.) The purpose of making a carpenter bee trap is to offer the bee some attractive softwood that has already been drilled. The bee is attracted to the pre-dug hole and follows it into the trapping container, which is in the form of a clear jar, whether glass or plastic.

Surf the internet, and you’ll find some cute wooden traps for attracting carpenter bees. They are beautifully constructed like birdhouses and, while we have nothing against these well-made traps, friends, and neighbors (including a woodworker) with whom I have discussed the subject. Those who regularly trap these bees say your best bet is several simple traps. Instead of one or two nice-looking traps.

Like a DIY fly trap, their construction process is straightforward. The simplest form of netting is a jar attached to any block of wood. You take a 1/2-inch speed bit and drill a central fly trap tunnel at the end of the block. This hole goes directly into the trapping jar. Make this hole deep enough that the other slope entry holes line up with it. In most cases, this means the depth of the hole should be at least the midpoint on the block. Next, you roll the block on its side and drill holes slanted at about a 45-degree angle so that they intersect at the end with the center hole of the tunnel. You’ll feel it the moment the drill bit reaches the first hole you’ve bored. Stop drilling there and move on to the next hole. For a 4 x 4, you can drill a sloped hole around all four sides of the block. You can do the same with a 2 x 4, but this may also remove so much wood that the block may split in the drilling process.

Carpenter bee traps

There is one difference between a bee trap made from a jar and a trap made from a water or seltzer bottle: Jar traps are easier. You drill a hole in the block, drill a hole in the lid of the jar, and then attach the lid to the block using sheet metal screws. Attaching the water bottle is a bit tricky. You begin the drilling process by using a 1-inch diameter spade bit to make a 1⁄2-inch deep hole at the end of the block. In the center of this hole, you drill a 1⁄2-inch-diameter hole that forms the central tunnel, to which the sloped holes will connect. Some bottle caps are exactly 1 inch in diameter and fit easily into the large hole you drilled. With other bottles, the diameter of the top of the bottle is 1 inch. You remove the bottle cap and twist the bottle into the hole. If you use a cap to cover the bottle, you will need to drill a hole in the center of the cap. Glue the cap or bottle into its opening using super glue. In some cases, you may find that the top of the bottle itself screws into the 1-inch hole so tightly, you don’t need glue to secure the bottle to the block.

I even made a bee net using small scraps of pine 3⁄4 inch thick. I designed it as an outrigger, for lack of a better description, so that it could be nailed or screwed to the right side of a barn, outbuilding, or ladder stringer. The bottle hangs below the block.

What is the best homemade house fly trap?

Vinegar and dish soap fly trap
Use a shallow dish bowl and fill it with an inch of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of sugar. Next, add some fruit-scented dish soap. You can leave the dish uncovered or tightly covered with plastic wrap. Make sure to poke a few holes in it to attract the flies.

How do I trap little flies in my house?

Another popular DIY option is trapping the flies in a bottle—a beer, fruit juice, or wine bottle with just the dregs left works perfectly. Put plastic wrap over the bottle’s opening, secure it in place with a rubber band, then poke a few small holes in the top.

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