Twas effective........ but I swore off use of chemicals, so the fly spray had to go!
Anyway, I'm telling this story because two weeks ago we were inundated with flies. There seem to be more in the house than outside!!!
I asked hubby to look for a box of the flystrips we always use, but the supermarkets had stopped stocking them. He offered to try the hardware but, because he was on his way home after a long day at work, I told him not to worry, just buy spray. When he came home, I gave the kitchen a quick squirt (probably not even enough to harm a fly) and felt disgusted with myself. I've put it away to give to someone that I know would be buying it anyway.
I decided to google fly paper. The recipes are all pretty similar but I didn't have the exact ingredients suggested because we don't have white or brown sugar. So this is my mix.........
- Mix half a cup of golden syrup and two tablespoons raw sugar in a lidded container.
- Cut strips of strong brown paper and lie them in the mix making sure it is well coated.
- Flip and coat the other side of the paper.
- Leave for about half an hour.
I poked holes in these and hung them from pieces of string.
Two flies landed as I went to get my camera but they have flown away again. I rubbed the paper strips against the side of the container to remove excess goo but you can see they are still a bit drippy, so I put a cloth on the bench under them.
I hope they work! I can't see why they wouldn't because they feel very sticky. I will keep you updated but please let me know if you have a good way of dealing with flies.
Update - These fly strips definitely didn't work! The flies would land on them, feast on sugar, and fly off again. Eventually they just dried out but they never reached a stage of being sticky enough.