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Homemade Stink-Bug Trap

Many people have opted to try out their local exterminator to help them to get rid of their stink bug problem. However, most of their solutions are only temporary. I had an exterminator do a complete fumigation of my place and although they disappeared for awhile, as soon as it got towards the colder months, they were back and I was left with the same problem. After this episode, I was determined to do it right and after much research, I found a very effective method on how to eliminate stink bugs from my home by building my own bug trap.

Stink bugs are attracted to light and the warmth that they give. So the trap consists of an a battery powered light that attracts them and a bottle that catches them. Lets learn how to make one right away. In order to make these insect traps, you will need to acquire a soda bottle, foam, glue, tape and a small battery powered torch.

The first thing that you need to do is to find yourself an empty soda/juice bottle and to cut the top off using a craft knife or something equally as sharp. If possible, try and cut it just above the label and be sure to make it a clean cut. Please be very careful when doing this as the first time that I made one of these traps I cut myself fairly badly using a very sharp craft knife because the blade slipped.

 

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Step 1: Cut a two liter soda bottle in two pieces, carefully slicing the bottle across the top edge of its label. Make the cut as straight as possible. The edge of the label provides the guide.

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Step 2: Remove the bottle’s label from the bottle and apply weather stripping tape, or masking tape, from the bottom of the bottle to where it was cut. The tape helps the stink bugs get traction when landing and walking up the trap.

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Step 3: Tape a battery powered light to the bottom of the bottle so that it shines into the bottle. The light can also be placed inside of the bottle, facing up. If the light is placed inside the bottle, it has to be separated from the bugs when the trap is emptied. I used the Sylvania DOT-it light.

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Step 4: Invert the top of the bottle and gently insert it into the bottom half of the bottle. Fasten the two parts of the bottle together with a couple pieces of tape so that the cut edges are even. A small amount of soapy water can be added to the bottle if the light is taped to the bottom. This will drown the bugs.

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Step 5: Turn on the light and place the trap near the house, in the attic, or in a room that has stink bugs. It works best in the dark to attract the bugs. The light has a push button center and it can be turned on and off with a pencil, pen, or butter knife. The trap can be emptied by removing its top and shaking the bugs into a small bag or into a toilet.

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August 15, 2011: Plenty of stink bugs are in the trap. It’s going to be a long stink bug season.