3 DIY Bug Traps That Actually Work
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Mosquitoes and all the other uninvited guests at your summer party can be real pests. Here are some DIY bug traps that will help you get rid of your annoying visitors.
The season of insects in the air has come. If you really can’t stand their buzzing and bites try some of the insect-catching projects just bear in mind that not all of them would work. A sonic mosquito repellent is such an example. “There is no scientific basis for bug-repellent traps that claim to use a high-pitched frequency to drive away pests,” says Roxanne Connelly, an entomologist at the University of Florida. Traps claiming to attract insects with yeast are equally suspicious.
The following 3 will are proven to be effective.
1. Stink Bugs
Stink bugs with their pungent odor which they use to defend against predators, can make a room unbearable for a stay. Here is a quick fix. Start by cutting off the top 2 inches of a two-liter plastic bottle. Drop a small battery-powered light into the bottom part of the bottle. Then invert so the bottle top sits within the bottle and tape them. In a dimly lit room, the light will attract stink bugs, trapping them until being disposed.
Not any trap would work for all mosquitoes. Connelly suggests an “ovitrap,” which works on standing water and attracts Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, two common breeds. Again, cut off the top of a two-liter plastic bottle, and spray-paint it in solid black. Then drill two 3/8-inch overflow holes one opposite the other, below the brim. Cover the holes and the top of the bottle with fine mesh. Around the brim secure a cloth soaked in water and fill the trap with water as well (that will attract mosquitos). Eggs, laid on the fabric, will fall through the mesh, and grow too large to escape.
3. Fruit Flies
Recommended trap for fruit flies is simple. Fill a medium-size bowl with a mixture of dish soap and water. Then set a smaller bowl in the center, filled with a quarter-cup of red-wine. The vinegar attracts fruit flies, which then get stuck in the mixture. “I refresh the soap twice a day, and within three days, that typically clears all the flies,” Connelly says.
Source: Populas Science