DIY Fly Paper

Flies are driving everyone mad at the moment but unfortunately there is no Green Goddess, chemical-free, natural way to kill a fly! I use fly curtains and fly paper (which I buy in little rolls from the hardware store) but you can make your own.

If you have to use fly spray, use low allergenic or unscented ones to reduce chemicals and spray once in the morning and once at night to avoid too many toxins in your kitchen. Also cover all food – fruit etc.

Here’s a recipe for fly paper from Wendyl’s book A Home Companion.

¼ cup golden syrup

½ cup sugar

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and then paint or spread on long strips of brown paper. Leave to dry on a tray and then hang where flies are a problem.

*change when covered in dead flies so that your children don’t walk into your kitchen and groan.


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  1. I tried this and it doesn’t work, the mixture is too thick to spread properly and it isn’t sticky enough to hold the flies, they just walk all over it eating it. I have looked up other recipes on the net and most suggest melting the mixture together with water first. I will try this in the next couple of days.

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      Hi Thriftee, sorry it didn’t work for you. When I made it up it was fine but very sticky. I wonder if it has something to do with the heat or the paper you are using. Let me know how you get on.

  2. grosss! really how unpleasant coming into a room where there are flys stuck to a strip of paper let alone how cruel it is..flies have their place and thier jobs to do,they are annoying but this is just disgusting..what ever happened to having pennyroyal plants at the entrance way and on windowsills and whatever happened to wiping surfaces,door frames,sills benchtops etc with lavender or clove oil and keeping you drains clean and bins strategically placed so flies dont want to come into house

  3. Hi Wendyl, I hate flies with a vengance and think fly strips hanging in a kitchen are one of the most disgusting things to see. I have fly screens on all of my windows and keep outside doors closed. One reason why I’d never have them in my house is because of the gross sight, but more importantly…….have you ever seen a sprayed fly buzzing around on a windowsill in it’s death throes with maggots emerging from it’s rear end………I have. Just imagine this happening to even a small number of flys stuck to fly paper hanging above your kitchen floor or even worse, your kitchen bench, it doesn’t bear thinking about……
    Love most of your recipes and comments though.

  4. I would love a way to better get rid of flies in the house but is there something we could add to it to kill the flies rather than leave them to dye a slow sticky death on the piece of paper?

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  5. I am a big fan of fly paper! We buy it and have it hanging in several rooms. It does take a bit to get used to seeing it hanging with flies stuck on it, that’s not the greatest, but it has been the only thing that has worked here. I personally don’t like using fly spray, but when the last ditch desperate spray would leave the flies still alive, that’s when the fly paper first appeared in the house.
    And people do get used to it – it’s actually starting to become common for people to visit here and see it, get grossed out by it, then go home and start using it themselves 🙂

  6. Hi, I tried to make this paper, but the mixture was so thick ( it is a really hot day today, mid – later 20’s) I even tried melting it a bit in the microwave, but still no good. Wendyl… can you explain your procedure again please? How did you spread it on the brown paper, and how thick, and how long did it take to dry. Obviously you use this method, so please help me as I would love to control some of the flies around us. Many thanks, Jo

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      Hi Jo, you need to get it really melted to spread it on – should be okay on a very hot day. I just used an old paint brush but you could also use a spatula or similar. It is very messy but well worth the effort. You can also buy little rolls of fly paper at your hardware store if you want to make it easier.

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