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this is a fly trap that the israel army use. vary very easy.

you will need:

every thing the a fly likes.

Step 1: Cut

Picture of cut
cut the bottel in the middel.
JoanC61 month ago

I caught
many using a small pickle jar, in which I put 1 inch of apple cider vinegar
and a few drops of dish-washing liquid. But i tried this lately and works better for me http://bit.ly/1Gy10TX
wetpol1 year ago

I find the best bait for the common housefly (Musca domestica) is rotting meat or carrion, like a dead mouse. Sweet sugary things like honey, jam etc only tend to attract fruit flies and wasps.

Drakekay3 years ago
ahh yea, It is missing a small step. You must pierce the cap of the bottle a little. A small drill bit about the size of pea or just smaller would be good.
Drakekay3 years ago
this is a little confusing, if u turned the bottle top upside down and tape it closed, how does the fly get in? Did u cut a hole in the cap or something? Am I wrong or is there a step missing here?
terter3 years ago
Thanks for the great idea..I was trying NOT to use poison!
nav_lexy3 years ago
I have a question. What if you mix eveything for bees, wasp and flys. It will be like a bug ore gi. My idea is mix honey, oranges, milk and pheromone will it work? I will give it a try and get back to everyone. If i can get one of each imagine the possiblities.
manicmonday3 years ago
Just use a 2 liter bottle. Cut the top off, the flip it and insert it into the bottom. No tape needed.
Pragmatist5 years ago
Hello - can someone tell me what 'slow' tape is? and why is it needed? sorry if this is really basic! Thank you in advance but I'm desperate...the number of flies!!!!
I think, it is selotape. Simply you can stick sth to sth.
slowtape, cello tape, cellophane tape, cellophene tape..
scotchtape (US), sellotape(UK).. whiskeytape(Irish).. winetape(France).. saketape(Japan)... slowtape(rest of the world)

duct tape.. duck tape.. gorilla tape..
hany.. honey.. hunny..

it's all sounds the same..
diannagail5 years ago
We had a batch of flies hatch and were overrun with them throughout the entire house one morning... yuck. I went looking for a fly strip recipe and came upon this. I knew about it but had forgotten it. My cousin had one set out and it got so full... she never dumped it...again yuck. I made some of these and hung them with string on all the windows where they like to congregate... like someone said they 'go toward the light' :) I use anything sweet like flavored coffee syrup, chocolate syrup, honey, beer. The clearer liquids let you see them drowning better... am I cruel or what? :) I don't know if they get back out because I don't sit there and watch them, but it does clear them out of the house without having to play the game of 'swat the flies'. Actually it is great aerobic exercise if you do it really fast... gets me into a sweat really fast :) That's the up side of it.
does this catch bigger flies or just fruit flies?
xetero5 years ago
how can I make bait?
capricorn8 years ago
Are you sure it cannot come out mate? I'm wondering
As others have mentioned, YES, the flies CAN fly out the opening at the bottom of the "funnel" in the center of the bottle, BUT... IT IS HIGHLY UNLIKElY due to the fact that flies fly "to the light" and thus to the outside walls of the bottle, and do not "FIND" the relatively small opening in the center of the bottle. Again, they "can" fly out, but more than 90% of the time they DO NOT find the ouly opening, and ths, DO NOT fly out of the bottle.
they cant.............................................................................most the time
Ichigo8 years ago
dude... u spelled bottle wrong
dude.........You spelt u incorrectly and your grammar is not perfect either!
temah916 Ichigo6 years ago
I didn't know proper English was a requirement for instructables. I give Kudos to those who try!
devilicious6 years ago
Is there any room for improvements or modifications?
19charbel966 years ago
what the fly likes?????
tweakgeek6 years ago
Brilliant. Simple, just works, low tech at it's finest. Tip of the hat to valva :-)
lansmart7 years ago
how effective is it?
kittykat1238 years ago
How do i add a comment??
did u try reading the FAQs? they might have an answer for you. oh & ur welcome :P


AznPanda7 years ago
chilali7 years ago
Thanks! I hate buying the insecticide at the store. I'll try this.
comp8 years ago
so you just drill a hole in the cap ??
lazykatana comp7 years ago
You can just take off the cap entirely. I believe that works just fine.
brwnmamba8 years ago
I tried this with peanut butter and it didn't catch one fly. What do you use for fly bait?
Valva used honey (hany). My flies are extremely attracted to spoiled milk. I put a little water and a few drops of milk and you can't keep them out.
51834577 years ago
the thing works. the reason the fly came into the trap to feed not to get back out again. the secret to the trap is the liquid thats in it. it looks like valva is using honey, but i have also seen beerused which works really well.
valva (author) 7 years ago
hellow I read your comments and i want too tall you this 1) no im frome israel 2) the fly trap is generally for bees and wasp but for flys it is good too
robomaniac8 years ago
This design is perfect! Learn this in France when I was camping. I used to catch bees with this thing!
dchall88 years ago
I'm guessing that valva's first language is not English. Still the pictures make it easy to see what he has in mind. Still it would be nice to see a good written translation. This is the fly trap I've been looking for. Sometimes the mind boggles at how simple things can be when you stop trying to make them hard. I'll be taking several of these to the stables this weekend. Thanks for posting it!!
dchall88 years ago
While it is physically possible for them to fly back through the open hole, it is not in their nature to fly to the center of something to get out. They like to fly out to get out. That's why flies fly to the window in your house. If you check the related Instructables, the one by CapnChkn (only has a diagram - no picture) goes into extensive detail about fly mentality.
valva (author) 8 years ago
yes, it cant come out