Video:Make a Fly Trapwith Debbie Anderson
No need to break the bank to catch a few flies. We'll help you make a homemade fly trap in no time.See Transcript
Transcript:Make a Fly TrapHi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. Flies swarming around the home can become very irritating. So, today I'm going to show you how to create your own homemade fly trap to catch these little bugs buzzing around the home.
Supplies Needed to Make a Fly TrapFor this task, you will need a plastic container, white vinegar, sugar, maple syrup, a large rubber band, plastic cling wrap, measuring cups, a stirring spoon, a cooking pot, and a paper clip.
Boil Water and Mix in SugarFirst, pour 2 cups of water in a medium size cooking pot and heat the water on the stove top burner just until the water is almost to a boil. Then, turn down the heat to the burner so that the water remains hot without boiling.
Next, slowly stir 1 cup of sugar into the hot water in the cooking pot until all of the sugar has dissolved in the hot water.
Add Ingredients to Create Liquid MixtureOnce the sugar has dissolved in the water, pour a half a cup of maple syrup and 1/3 cup of white vinegar into the sugar water mixture that is heating up in the cooking pot on the stove top burner.
Continue to stir the sweet mixture in the pot until all of the ingredients have dissolved into a well mixed sugary liquid blend. Turn off the stove top burner and allow the mixture to cool for approximately 10 minutes.
Pour Liquid into ContainerNext, pour the mixture from the cooking pot into a plastic container.
Assemble the Sticky Part of the TrapThen, stretch a large piece of plastic cling wrap over the top of the plastic container, and secure the plastic cling wrap to the edges of the container with a large rubber band.
Next, use the pointy end of the paper clip to poke a series of small holes in the top of the plastic cling wrap so that the holes are just large enough for the flies to crawl into the container, but not so large that they will be able to fly back out once they have entered the homemade fly trap.
Start Catching FliesNow create as many of the fly traps as you need and then place the homemade fly trap near garbage cans, kitty litter boxes, and any other warm moist areas where flies may be prone to laying their eggs.
With these few simple items from around the home, you'll always be able to build a fly trap and get rid of any pesky flies buzzing around at home. Thank you for watching. To learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com.
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