How to Make Flypaper

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 2000 eggs so it is important to keep them out of  your house.


  • Sugar
  • Corn syrup, Golden syrup or Maple syrup
  • Water

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.