We’ve put together a list of seven DIY bug traps that are easy to do and sure to get rid of the pests for good. So gather your supplies and get ready to take back your home from those little critters!
Summer is a time for picnics, barbecues, and spending time outdoors. It’s also the season for bug traps. When bugs, mosquitoes and other pests seem to invade our homes in hordes. If you’re tired of dealing with pesky insects, then you’re going to love these bug traps!
Smelly Bottle Traps for Cockroaches
The stink bug is one insect that truly deserves its reputation. These ugly bug stink so badly that predators avoid them.
And here’s what’s even worse: Crushing the cockroaches releases a stronger stench. If you ever have them in your home, this bottle trap should be effective.
Get a 2-liter plastic bottle and cut off the top two or three inches with scissors. Take off the cover, invert the top over, and set it inside the main body; secure it in place with tape. The bottle’s drinking spout should now be within the bottle and pointing down.
Finally, switch on the little light within the bottle and set it in an area with a lot of bugs. The stink bugs will give in immediately. When they try to go inside, cockroaches will get trapped.
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Side-Opening Bottle Catcher
Did that description of a bottle trap sound too complicated to you? What about trying this one instead?
Place some bug lure in the bottom of your 2-liter plastic jar (honey, sugar, ripe fruit, or peanut butter all work well).
Then, make a flap by cutting a little ‘u’ into one side using a sharp knife. Finally, open the bottle by lifting the flap, then set it down in an area with a lot of insects. In principle, they may crawl into the opening of the bottle and won’t be able to go out.
Catching Flies with Vinegar Bowls
Oftentimes, the simplest DIY insect traps work the best. For example?
These fantastic fly trap vinegar bowls. We all know that the common fruit fly is one of the most bothersome insects around. They flit from room to room, depositing their germy waste wherever they wish.
Take a bowl, fill it with soapy water, and go to clean up (hot or cold water is fine- just make sure there are lots of suds). Then, into a disposable container, add some red wine vinegar. At last, drop this into the bowl of water where it will float.
The only thing left to do is to wait. Attracted to the smell of the vinegar, the flies will end up drowning in the suds/water. If you keep adding new ingredients to the concoction throughout the day, the flies should go quickly.
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Insect Traps for Fruit Flies Made of Plastic Wrap
Another time-tested method to eliminate these bugs with minimal effort and maximum success is the use of honey, beer and olive oil. In a little bowl, combine honey/syrup, or beer, and a touch of olive oil. Next, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and fasten it with an elastic band.
There’s no way the fruit flies can stay away. The dirty bug will crawl in there, get stuck, and eventually drown in the sugary liquid.
Slug Traps for Beer Pits
All you need is a shallow container with some beer in the bottom and they’ll stop eating your greens. Set these alluring traps up in your vegetable garden. The scum will show there, get drunk, trip over the booze, and drown. Equally effective would be a combination of sugar, water, and yeast.
Oil-Collecting Ear Wigs
You may also have a war with earwigs in your garden. But don’t worry, here is a simple and easy way to control those earwigs in your place.
Pour some oil and soy sauce in another small container and shake it up. Place this trap in the areas where earwigs have been a problem before. This bug will enter the bait and will get stuck in the bait rather quickly.
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Bugs May be Trapped with Ease Using the Stuck Sticky Paper
Paper soaks in sugary substances attract insects such as bugs, flies and mosquitoes. You can catch a lot of insects with just a piece of cardboard and a sugary, sticky concoction.
The advice we offer is as follows: Cooking corn syrup, sugar, and water together at a high temperature.
When the ingredients have formed a paste, stir them together and set the bowl aside to cool. All that’s left to do is coat the board with the sweet paste, hold it for a while until the syrup settles, then set it out on the ground or hang it up somewhere.
They’ll flood in, get mired down, and eventually die off. Dispose the board with the flies away from home