simple living :: make your own sticky fly paper

i'm not sure about you, but at my house the flies have arrived and i see them going nowhere soon!  i try to be so careful when closing doors but the little critters never cease to find their way in still.  instead of using harmful chemicals or pricey fly traps, i made my very own fly paper at home with household ingredients and materials, and it was so easy!

diy sticky fly paper materials

what you'll need:

  • a paper grocery sack
  • small pot
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • string
  • 1/4 cup each of honey, sugar and water

first, cut your paper bag in to 4" strips and punch a hole in the end of each of them.  cut a piece of string for each paper strip and loop it around the hole.

how to make your own sticky fly paper

combine the honey, sugar and water in your pot over med high heat and cook until the mixture is well dissolved, then turn off the heat.

how to make your own sticky fly paper

dip each of your paper strips into the mixture, making sure to coat it really well.

how to make your own sticky fly paper

hang your strips up 'to dry' on another string.  you'll want to put something underneath them to catch the sticky drips that are sure to fall, like a piece of newspaper or a baking sheet.  leave them here until they've stopped dripping- about 30 minutes.

how to make your own sticky fly paper

now you're ready to hang the fly strip!  these guys are unbelievably sticky, so be careful to hang them out of the way (especially of youngsters or people with long hair!)

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