10 Odd Ways To Get Rid of Flies

Every once in a while, a summer comes along in which you are desperate and will try anything to get rid of these flies. Luckily, that's not this summer for me. But you can imagine the situations that caused people to try out these methods. Maybe you could use a homemade fly trap:
- Sugar trap. I was optimistic about this one: Dumping a quarter cup of sugar into an open mason jar, then filling the jar halfway with water. The hypothesis is that the flies are attracted to the sugar, then fall into the jar and drown. But I guess the flies here laugh in the face of such low-tech devices, instead preferring to walk down the sides of the jar, sip the nectar and fly out. Two fell in, though. Bottom line: Doesn't really work.

- Dish soap trap. Instead of sugar, pour an inch of liquid dish soap directly into the jar, then add another inch of water. This worked nicely to trap flies. However, not all liquid dish soap fared well. A floral scent didn't attract flies to the trap, but a green apple scent beckoned the flies to their doom. Definitely go for a fruit scent. Bottom line: This works. Be sure to use a fruit-scented dish soap.

Other methods were tried and rated for their effective as well. Link -via Breakfast Links

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For extra effectiveness: put cellophane over the sugar water jar and poke a few holes in it with a pencil. (For fruit flies, use a toothpick). They smell it and get in via the hole, but they can't find their way back out.
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I put screens on all my winders and that keeps the flies out purty good.

If I get fruit flies coming in on produce I'll put a drop of dish detergent in a small dish of cider vinegar or wine vinegar.

I doubt you would need an inch of detergent as mentioned above. A few drops would be perfectly adequate to lower the surface tension of the water.
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