DIY Chardonnay Mango Wine Bottle Fly Catcher


Who doesn't have a problem with flies in the summer? These easy to make fly catchers will help control house and fruit fly populations in and around your barn, coop and back patio or kitchen counter.  And all you need is a bottle of wine and a mango.
To make this quick and easy wine bottle fly catcher, you only need two ingredients and about four minutes. Perfect for a backyard barbeque or picnic, or even on your kitchen counter next to your fruit bowl, these wine bottles are attractive and effective- just be sure no one tries to pour a glass of wine from one!

What you Need:
One Ripe Mango
One Bottle of Chardonnay


This turned out to be a very economical DIY fly catcher.  I could have gone with a cheaper wine, I did see a bottle of Chardonnay for just $3.99, but I chose the Rex Goliath Chardonnay purely because of the label. And after all, you can drink most of the bottle of wine, so it's not wasted in the least.

Then I found mangoes on sale for $1 each - and you even get to eat the mango and just use the peels for your fly catcher! So how awesome is that?


What you Do: 

Drink all but about 3 inches of the Chardonnay, leaving the rest in the bottle.  Peel the mango and drop some of the peels into the bottle. Then set the bottle where you see fruit or house flies congregating. That's it!



The idea is that the fruit flies especially are attracted to the sweet smell of the fruit rotting in the wine and fly in and then are unable to fly back out, either drowned in the liquid or not smart enough to find a way out.


I set one bottle near the run since the chickens have been getting a lot of kitchen scraps lately that attract fruit flies.  I also set one on our back patio where we see lots of gnats.  Within just a day or so, we were already catching flies and gnats.



I have had the bottles out for several weeks now and have caught many, many flies, gnats and some beetles, but absolutely NO 'good' bugs like bees, ladybugs or the like which is really important since they are very beneficial to our fruit trees and garden.

So next time you are out shopping, buy a bottle of Chardonnay and tell yourself it's for fly control!  Drink up!


For instructions on making a fly catcher out of a soda bottle, click HERE
For more easy all-natural homemade fly repellents, click HERE.



14 comments:

  1. I was reading somewhere yesterday where restaurants and other people take a quart baggie and fill it 1/4 of the way up with water & put 3-4 pennies in it and hang it up in the areas where you are bothered by flies and they said that something to do with the reflection of the water they don't like and are gone. I haven't tried it cause I don't have many flies at this point.

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    1. I tried that last summer and it didn't work for me, but maybe with different types of flies it works better?

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  2. Any excuse to drink a bottle of wine! ;-) These look like they would work great! Thanks for the tip! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  3. Thank you, thank yo!! We live on a lake and it used to be mosquitoes, then bees and now flies...no matter how clean I keep the outdoor surfaces. Now I have to get the chardonnay and find a willing victim to drink most of it! I'm a pinot grigio girl myself! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Pinot grigio might work. Not sure why everything I read specified Chardonnay. Maybe the sugar level?

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    1. Not sure why everything I read specified Chardonnay. Maybe the sugar level?

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  5. I quickly read the headline "DIY Chardonnay Mango Wine" and thought, now this is awesome ... my wife would love homemade wine ... then I finished reading the headline and now I love the project, because I can't stand flies ... lol

    Maybe you could do a combo, "first make the wine", then with the empty bottle, "make a fly catcher"

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    1. Now there's a thought Mango Chardonnay actually sounds good! Sorry tho my skills don't include winemaking..apple cider vinegar is about as much as I can manage.

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  6. Great idea and great wine. Have 2 bottles---well 1 1/2--in my frig right now!

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  7. I have the wine or can get it but am allergic to mangos...any thoughts on other fruits that would work?

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    1. I would say any fruit with a high sugar content, plums come to mind? or grapes?

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  8. He he, LOVE this! I don't have any chardonnay or mango peels, but I do have a wine bottle and flies, so I'm trying some different liquids until I can get the right stuff. I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks for the idea! :)

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    1. Sure, I would think any sweet wine and sugary fruit would work - grapes, plums, peaches etc.

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