Organic Fly Control

Of the common household pests, the house fly is certainly one of the most aggravating and, unfortunately, one of the most persistent. They are well-adapted to living among humans, and survive well under hostile conditions. They also have the capacity to host dangerous parasites and to spread diseases like typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and salmonella. The question arises: is there a way to do organic fly control?

Prevention
The easiest and most obvious step to take is to make your home as unwelcome to house flies as possible. Flies are attracted to food and decaying matter, so keeping the house clean is a must.

  • Clean: keep trash in sealed containers and make sure all food is either covered or put away. The area around the house should also be cleared of all decaying organic matter, uncovered trash, and manure.
  • Prevent: make sure the house is impenetrable. Keep doors and windows closed or covered by a screen. For entryways that remain open, try using a fan or air curtain to create an air current that flies are unable to pass through.
  • Natural predators: wasps and spiders may seem unpleasant, but they do prey on wasps. For a more pleasant solution, consider the Venus flytrap. For large outdoor areas, parasitic wasps are commercially available and prey exclusively on flies.

For more ideas and information about preventing house flies, check out:

DIY Organic Fly Trap

Prevention only goes so far. To catch and kill flies already in the home, this is a simple DIY project that can be surprisingly effective:

This trap requires only a plastic bottle, tape, and sugar (or some other substance that attracts flies, like meat or rotting fruit). Cut the bottle in half about 1/3 of the way up. Place the bait in the bottom, then invert the top so it funnels into the bottom half. Tape the halves together and place in an area where flies are common.

To prepare the sugar: pour a few tablespoons into a pot and add enough water to cover the sugar. Heat until boiling and stir well. Once the mixture has cooled a bit, pour into the container.

Advantages of a DIY Fly Trap: cheap; uses common household objects; simple

Disadvantages of a DIY Fly Trap: smells bad, especially once it has trapped flies; may attract flies to the area

For more information on the DIY Fly Trap:

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Fly Tape Ribbons

Commercial Fly Traps
Sometimes, commercial traps can be more advantageous to use, especially in the home itself. Here are a few effective fly solutions, courtesy of DoMyOwnPestControl.com:

Fly Tape: One of the simplest solutions, though they can be unsightly. Refresh as needed.

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Price for Fly Ribbon
1+ packs of 5 – $6.75 each
3+ packs of 5 – $3.50 each

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1 case of 100 – $31.00 per case ($1.55 each)
2+ cases of 100 – $29.00 per case ($1.45 each)

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4 traps – $4.92 ($1.23 per trap)

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Mini Reel Kit (81 feet by 3/16 inches)
1 kit – $13.95 each
2+ kits – $12.50 each
6+ kits – $11.00 each

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Medium Reel Kit (600 feet by 3/8 inches)
1 reel – $25.75 each
2+ reels – $24.37 each
Case of 6 reels – $138.52 per case ($23.09 each)

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Large Reel Kit (1312 feet by 4.5 inches)
1 reel – $32.50 each
2+ reels – $31.75 each
Case of 6 reels – $29 per case ($23.09 each)

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Fly Control StickStick Traps
Easy placement and handling, does not contain chemicals or toxins.

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Small Sticks (10.5″)
1 case (12 traps) – $36.84 ($3.07 each)

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Large Sticks (24″)
1 case (24 traps) – $88.80 per case ($3.70 each)
2+ cases – $84.00 per case ($3.50 each)
6+ cases – $82.00 per case ($3.42 each)

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Fly Lights
A clever organic fly control solution. Uses light rather than smell to lure insects onto a glue board. Comes with light bulb and glue board installed.

Fly Web Fly LightI use a Flyweb Fly Light in our home. It’s very efficient and allow us to corral bugs fairly quickly. There are two purchase options for this light, you can purchase from:

Glueboards and replacement lights are available on both sites, but extra glue boards are all you really need. I’ve been using the same light for 2+ years.

The Luralite is a more substantial fly control solution. This unit is almost 3 feet long. Your job is to mount it on the wall and watch it round up the pests. The Luralite is similar to what you find at major restaurants. It can be purchased at DoMyOwnPestControl for about $130. For more information on the Luralite, click here.

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Flies can be an enormous pest in your home, but with preventative measures and the right organic trap, they don’t have to be a problem anymore.

If you have additional solutions that work well, please post them in the comments below.

The Best Fruit Fly Trap

The Best Fruit Fly BaitThe Fruit Fly
Fruit flies. They’re a common problem in many kitchens, as they are attracted to the smell of fermented fruit – the more ripe, the better. Once the flies have invaded a kitchen, they are quite difficult to get rid of, thanks to their small size, large numbers of eggs, fast life cycle, and, unfortunately, their persistence once they’ve invaded.

So how do you deal with a fruit fly invasion?

Prevention

The easiest way to get rid of a fruit fly infestation is to stop it before it happens. This includes:

  • Washing fruits and vegetables. Cleaning these items before (or immediately after) bringing them into your house is an easy way to prevent any unwanted hitchhikers.
  • Proper storage. Keep food in refrigerators and cover any fruit left out in a bowl or on a counter.
  • Discard anything rotten. Get rid of any fruit that has become damaged or overripe. Make sure all food waste is in a covered container or taken outside.
  • Make sure dishes, bottles, and cans are clean. Immediately clean anything that has held sweet or fermented food, including alcoholic beverages, glasses used for soda or juice, and dishes that have sweet or syrupy food residue on them.
  • Give the kitchen a thorough cleaning. Clean countertops and food preparation areas after use. Make sure cabinets, floors, and food storage and disposal areas are free of spots and spills; be especially thorough with the area around refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers. Wash dishrags and sponges regularly.
  • Check the plumbing. Pouring bleach or boiling water down a drain can keep it free of breeding fruit flies.

For more ideas and information on preventing fruit flies, you can check out:

Of course, prevention only works when the flies aren’t there already. To get rid of fruit flies in your home, try some of the options listed below.

The Best DIY Fruit Fly Trap Options

Vinegar Trap
This DIY trap requires only cider vinegar, a jar or bowl, dish soap, and plastic wrap. Pour enough vinegar into the bowl so that it covers the bottom. Add a drop of dish soap, and mix until bubbles begin to form. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and poke a few holes in it with a fork or small knife. The vinegar attracts the flies, the soap breaks the surface tension of the liquid so the flies can’t escape, and the plastic wrap prevents the flies from leaving. For large numbers of flies, multiple traps may be necessary.

Note: You may need to experiment to find the optimal flytrap mixture; some traps may work better with red wine or beer. If the trap still isn’t working, try increasing the hole size.

Learn more about the DIY Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap here or here.

Bottle Trap
Similar to the vinegar trap, but uses a bottle and funnel (or a jar and paper cone) instead. For this trap, cut a plastic bottle in half and place the top half upside-down into the bottom half so it functions as a funnel. Leave a piece of fruit, a peel, or some wine or vinegar in the bottom, and place the trap in an area that is attracting the fruit flies. Once the flies enter the lower half, they won’t be able to leave through the funnel.

Advantages of DIY Fruit Fly Traps: cheap; uses common household materials; harmless to humans and pets

Disadvantages DIY Fruit Fly Traps: requires upkeep; may need to experiment to find most effective combination; can smell unpleasant

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Commercial Fruit Fly Trap Options

Sometimes, DIY traps aren’t as effective as commercial traps. Here are a few of the better ones, as found on DoMyOwnPestControl.com:

Natural Catch Plus Fruit Fly TrapNatural Plus Fruit Fly Trap

A low-maintenance, non-toxic trap; contains a vinegar-based attractant. Safe to place anywhere and covers about ten square feet. 3” diameter and 1.5” height; lasts 30 days.

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1 trap – $9.99 each
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Vector 960 Fruit Fly BaitsVector 960 Fruit Fly Trap

A low-maintenance, non-toxic trap; contains a removable lid for monitoring catch count. Safe to place anywhere; 2-3 traps cover an average-sized room. 3” diameter; lasts 30 days.

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5+ traps – $5.70 each

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Advantages of Commercial Fruit Fly Traps: easy to set up and dispose of; unobtrusive and small; harmless to humans and pets

Disadvantages of Commercial Fruit Fly Traps: expensive; short lifespan; may smell unpleasant

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Flyweb Fly LightFlyweb Fly Light

Indoor light trap, plugs directly into a standard electrical outlet. Uses light to lure insects onto a glue board. 3.5” wide, 11” high; comes with a 9 watt UV  light bulb and glue board installed. Energy efficient and compact for household use. Boards last 30-60 days; bulbs should be replaced every six months for maximum efficiency.

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Advantages of a Fly Light Trap: easy to set up and maintain; harmless to humans and pets; unobtrusive; can work on many types of flies

Disadvantages of a Fly Light Trap: expensive; requires multiple parts; may not attract fruit flies due to its lack of smell; particular brand lacks an on/off switch

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Final Thoughts
With preventative measures and a few simple traps, fruit flies can be easily taken care of.

MaxForce Granular Fly Bait Review

[threecol_two]MaxForce Granular Fly Bait is powerful granular fly bait that will help you solve your house fly problems. Reserved mostly for commercial and agricultural settings, MaxForce’s fly bait has a reputation for eliminating flies quickly.

MaxForce is strong enough to kill flies in less than a minute, and one application will keep working for up to a month.

The active ingredient in MaxForce Granular Fly Bait is Imidacloprid, a neurotoxin that disrupts the central nervous system of flies. This insecticide is very toxic for insects, and less toxic to mammals. However, if you decide to try MaxForce Granular Fly Bait, you should keep it away from livestock, children and other animals. You can download a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the product here.

It should come as no surprise that a neurotoxin is needed to prevent the proliferation of the ever-breeding house fly.

How MaxForce Granular Fly Bait Works

This fly bait has an irresistible aroma and seductive pheromone that lures house flies.

It’s like your mom placing a hot apple pie on the windowsill to call you home. The only difference is that this fly bait has nothing to do with apple pie and its laced with imidacloprid to eliminate flies quickly.

MaxForce Granular Fly Bait can be applied numerous ways. You can:

  • Apply it as a broadcast application
  • Place it in bait stations
  • Dissolve it in water and paint on surfaces

Before making any decisions on how you will apply the bait, think carefully through the pros and cons of your decision.

At FlyBait.net, we really don’t like flies. At the same time, we have a deep respect for nature in general, and we want to be sure that you apply this product in such a way that it will only effect its intended target – the germ-ridden house fly.

MaxForce Granular Fly Bait Review

MaxForce works well. In fact, it works so well that some states have restricted its sale to consumers. If you decide to purchase MaxForce Granular Fly Bait, there are some important tips that you should keep in mind to use it most effectively.

  1. Apply the bait early in the fly season.
  2. Choose a location that is warm, and not too windy. Flies prefer warm areas.
  3. If you use a bait station, try to locate it at least 4 feet above the ground and fill with about 1.6 g of the fly bait.

Apart from those tips, use common sense to try and limit the number of flies present on your property in the first place.

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How to Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit flies try to take over my house every year. They start their invasion in late spring, and then kick things up in notch just in time for the fall. To make matters worse, certain trees in our yard seem to attract the flies, calling them from hundreds of miles away to our yard.

I wish it were possible for me and the fruit flies to co-exist, but when they start landing on my food and my toothbrush, I have a problem.

Fortunately, every problem has a solution (and the solution isn’t to cut the trees in my yard down, in case you were wondering). There are several fruit fly trap options that you can buy online, but if you have a few household ingredients and ten minutes to spare, you can actually develop your own fruit fly bait trap.

So here are the ingredients you’ll need for fruit fly bait:

  • Cider vinegar

And here’s what you’ll need to make your own fruit fly trap:

  • A small plastic container (like a ricotta cheese or sour cream tub) or a plastic party cup
  • Plastic wrap (like Saran wrap)
  • A rubber band

Once you have your materials lined up, its time to make your own fruit fly trap. As you could imagine, this is a fairly simple process. My advice is to:

  1. Fill your plastic container halfway full with the cider vinegar.
  2. Stretch the plastic wrap across the top of the container.
  3. Use the rubber band along the edge of the container to keep the plastic wrap securely in place.
  4. Poke small holes in the plastic wrap so the fruit flies can enter the trap (make sure the holes aren’t too big or small)
  5. Place the trap somewhere why you commonly see fruit flies. Try to put the trap in a place where it doesn’t need to be moved often.

If you follow those steps for making your own fruit fly trap, you’ll take care of your fruit fly problem for less than $10.