How to Make a Big Red Trap

Gather com­mon house­hold items to make a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive Big Red Trap.

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16-ounce plas­tic party cup with clear lid

Hot-glue gun (with­out glue sticks)

½ cup ap­ple cider vine­gar

Un­scented dish de­ter­gent

Florists wire

STEP 1 Cre­ate en­trance holes. With the tip of the empty, heated glue gun, burn 40 1⁄8-inch holes around the up­per part of the cup, right be­low the rim. Keep the holes small so only tiny in­sects can get in, not bees or other larger, ben­e­fi­cial in­sects.

STEP 4 Add the holder. Twist a loop of wire around the cup just be­low the holes, then at­tach an­other piece of wire on op­pos­ing sides of the loop to cre­ate a han­dle.

STEP 3 Pour in the binder. Add a cou­ple drops of un­scented dish de­ter­gent, which acts as a sur­fac­tant to en­velop the fly and hold it in the vine­gar. Cap the cup with a clear lid.

STEP 2 Make the bait. Pour the ½ cup ap­ple cider vine­gar into the cup.

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