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How to Make Fly Paper



How to Make Fly Paper

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Forget about paying for fly paper, it's easy to make.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5-10 minutes of hands on time

What You Need:

  • A brown paper bag
  • Scissors
  • A sauce pan
  • Cookie sheets and drying racks
  • Tongs
  • A large spoon for stirring
  • Corn Syrup
  • Water

Here's How:

  1. Cut a brown paper bag into strips.
  2. Combine equal parts corn syrup and water in a sauce pan, and bring to a boil (one cup corn syrup and one cup water will make a lot of fly paper). Remove from heat.
  3. Submerge the strips in the sugar-water mixture, and allow them to sit long enough to become saturated.
  4. Remove the strips with tongs (careful, they'll be hot!), and place them on drying racks sitting overtop of cookie sheets.
  5. Allow to dry fully. Then, hang your fly paper wherever flies are a problem.


  1. If your grocery store doesn't offer paper bags, save restaurant bags.
  2. For maximum stickiness, allow the paper strips to sit in the sugar-water mixture for several hours or overnight.
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