Now, I don't like killing insects. They're an extremely important part of our ecosystem and I respect that very much. They're living beings, and therefore shouldn't be disregarded. It makes me sad to think that they're mistreated just because they're small and different looking.
Although I respect them, they don't need to be in my home and they belong outside anyway. So I want to share with you how I trap them, and then free them outside.
My awesome homemade fly catcher.
The trap's pretty easy to make. All one has to do is roll up a piece of paper (I'm using junk mail) into a cone with a small opening at the end and tape it together. Then just place the paper in a clear glass jar or cup (I'm using an applesauce jar) that's easy to see through with a little bit of apple cider vinegar and/or a small fruit scrap (I'm using a banana peel this time) at the bottom.
What's great about this is that the flies are attracted to the smell, and crawl through the hole but aren't smart enough to get out. Leave the trap on the counter for a few hours, and it works like magic. Then just let the little guys outside! Be free my darlings, go out into the world and enjoy your lives.
If saving a life isn't enough, it's also a time saver because one doesn't have to karate-kid around all day long catching and swatting flies. That, and cleaning bugs off a white wall isn't cool. So it's a win-win situation. Enjoy the day instead of wasting time murdering insects.