The Anonymous Widower

How To Kill Flies

I am being plagued by flies at the moment and no matter how many squirts I give with fly spray, they keep on coming.

I found this remedy on the Good Housekeeping web site and it is very simple.


All that is needed, is some cider apple vinegar, some washing up liquid and some glasses.

These pictures show the method.

I made four and distributed them around my house.

They seem to work, as after an hour or so, they had collected hundreds of flies.

October 5, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. So what actually happens to the flies? Do they die randomly around the house or do they expire in the glasses like slugs in a beer-trap? At least with that mixture they should be nice and clean!

    This year I’ve been plagued by tiny fruit flies (they were so happy when I was making jams and jellies). They are so small I’m never sure whether it’s a fly I’m seeing or a floater in my eye.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | October 6, 2022 | Reply

    • They drown in the liquid.

      Comment by AnonW | October 6, 2022 | Reply

      • Yes, it’s working. Like lemmings, they are flocking to the jam jars and flinging themselves over the edge into the liquid.

        If only I could devise to attract something edible – a version with batter as well to attract cod, perhaps.

        Comment by Stephen Spark | October 6, 2022

    • Last night was the first night for some time, that I didn’t get flies in my nightly beer. Flies obviously prefer vinegar.

      Comment by AnonW | October 6, 2022 | Reply

  2. I have been plagues by fruit flies. And some other big noisy flies as well. As a geek, if I see a fruit fly, I try and identify which type it is. For the bigger ones, a tiny drop of jame and some water in a little cup deals with them, they go in and drown.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 6, 2022 | Reply

    • Add a few drops of Fairy Liquid, as that ruins the surface tension and they fall in.

      Comment by AnonW | October 6, 2022 | Reply

      • Thanks, I will try that – to be fair, there have to several noisy ones before I bother to do anything apart from ask Neil to remove them – he is good at catching them.

        Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 6, 2022

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