Are you experiencing a bug resurrection? It’s spring here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the bugs have come out to play for the first time in months. I’m hearing from friends all over town that the wasps are bad right now, flying into houses, looking for places to build nests and reproduce while staying warm and dry. Our personal bug count is at a minimum, but I think that’s because of our chickens. I’m going to show you, today, how to make a DIY flying bug trap.
Last summer our flies were super bad. The fly post reminded me of a great wasp trap. It’s essentially the same as the fly trap, but with different bait. So! If you’re currently experiencing a bug resurrection, let’s take a look at the diy flying bug trap and see what else we can catch and kill! Because when it comes to bugs and the Good Flea? There is no catch and release. No. Particularly not in my house. Ever.
Well, unless it’s a lady bug. Lady bugs are cute. But more than one lady bug? This is the time of year, I’m told, when lady bugs come in in droves. Will the diy flying bug traps work on them as well?
The trap itself is simple. Grab an empty two liter soda bottle from your recycle bin. Cut the top off about a third of the way down. Here’s mine.
The person at the Prairie Story suggests drilling or punching holes on the sides near the top and stringing the trap in order to hang it. You can do that. It will probably work best with wasps and yellow jackets. With flies, I just set the DIY flying bug trap on a flat space and watched flies die. It was AWESOME. Oh, and Prairie Story makes a great point about trap placement and stinging insects – place it away from where you’ll be working or children will be playing.
And lady bugs? Same trap, with sugar water, preferably with a scent. But add a black light. This dude puts his trap behind his couch. And who doesn’t want a black light?! Fresh fruit makes a great lure. It’s colorful, smells sweet, tastes good. But don’t use frozen fruit. It just doesn’t work.
Until I write again …