How to Make Homemade Fly Ribbons

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What You'll Need
Brown craft paper bags
Kitchen string
Hair removal warm wax
Silicone brush
Waxed paper, 5 yards
8 oz. azulene oil to clean up wax
Large cup hook screws
Maple syrup
Brown sugar
White sugar
Large shallow saucepan

Whenever you see a fly in your house, you can try to smack it with a flyswatter, chase it outside, or you can stop worrying about it with these fly catching ribbons. Made from common foods you can find around your house, and other items you can get at the pharmacy, these homemade fly ribbons work as well as the commercial brands at a significantly lower cost.

Step 1 - Prepare the Paper Strips

Cut out the bottom of the paper bags and undo the side seam. Cut the flattened bag into 1-inch wide strips down its length. Make a small hole in the top of each paper strip, and run a 12-inch piece of string through it. Pull the ends of the string up evenly, and do not knot the string till you are ready to hang the fly ribbon. Lay the paper strips out on a large piece of waxed paper on a flat surface.

Step 2 - Prepare the Fly Adhesive

Measure two tbsp of the brown and white sugar, and 1/2 cup of the maple syrup into the shallow saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, on low heat, until the sugar has dissolved. Warm the entire jar of hair removal wax in the microwave oven for two minutes on High, until it becomes liquid.

Step 3 - Apply the Fly Adhesive to the Paper

Coat one side of each strip with the hair removal wax, using the silicone brush. Work quickly to coat all the strips while the wax is still liquid. Be sure to coat only one side of the paper with the wax, as it will permanently adhere to most materials it touches.

Apply the sugar and syrup mixture to both sides of the strip with the silicone brush, and let it soak in for about two hours. The sugar and syrup mixture will coat both sides of six fly ribbons. Clean the silicone brush, your hands and the workspace with azulene oil after you finish this part.

Step 4 - Hang the Fly Ribbons

Find the places in your home where flies gather the most densely, and hang the strips from cup hooks you can screw easily into the wall. Tie the string around the hook securely. While flies will stick to both sides of the ribbon, they will adhere more tightly to the side of the strip coated with both wax and sugar.

Hang a fly ribbon near nighttime light sources in the kitchen or other rooms. Another good location is near the outside main entry and rear entry lights. Flies will be drawn to the light and to the fly ribbon.

Step 5 - Change the Fly Ribbons

Once the ribbons have become covered with flies, roll them up from the bottom and put them in the trash. Put up a fresh ribbon at once. Handle them carefully, wiping your hands with azulene oil if you get wax on them.