How to Make Flypaper

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-50
What You'll Need
Corn syrup, golden syrup or maple syrup
Mixing bowl
Cookie sheet or wire rack
Hole puncher

Making flypaper is simple, effective, and inexpensive. The ingredients are household staples. Flypaper is useful because flies are highly attracted to it. One fly carries about 5 million germs and a female lays about 2,000 eggs so it is important to keep them out of your house.


First, pour a cup of sugar, corn syrup, and water into a saucepan and boil. Stir the mixture as it thickens. Allow this recipe to cool once it has boiled.

Then, cut strips of paper from a brown paper bag or packing tape. The strips can be 12 to 18 inches long. When the mixture has cooled pour into a mixing bowl and dip the strips in it. Lay the strips out on a cookie sheet or over a wire rack to dry overnight. Put newspaper beneath the wire rack to catch any dripping liquid.

When dry, clean off any surplus amount of the mix. Then punch a hole in one end of the strip with a hole puncher. Run a string through the hole and hang the homemade flypaper using a thumbtack. Doorways, window areas, and near light fixtures are good places. Flies prefer warm spots.