Here are our best tips for making insect traps to ward off wasps, cockroaches, spiders and mosquitoes, without using pesticides that can also be harmful to human health.
With the arrival of spring and then the hot season, will only increase all those small insects that can annoy a lot, especially on wet summer evenings. How can we get rid of mosquitoes, cockroaches and wasps without spraying ourselves with harmful products or breathing toxic sprays used to keep them away?
Here are some simple solutions for making insect traps, each one designed for the type of insect to “discourage”.
Wasps are among the most feared flying insects: they are fast, aggressive, their sting is painful and can cause serious problems to those who are allergic to them. Let’s remember, however, not to confuse the wasp with the bee: the former is characterized by a long and slender body of a very evident black and yellow color.
On the contrary, the second is of a more peaceful disposition and will hardly come to disturb you. It is also recognizable by its more “squat” shape and covered with down, with contrasting colors much more subtle.
If, therefore, you see an exaggerated number of wasps wandering around in your garden, it is likely that there is a nest nearby. The remedy is very simple and to build one of the best insect traps you need few elements:
- Plastic bottle;
- Adhesive tape;
- Cooking oil;
- Fruit juice or water-sugar solution;
- String to hang the trap.
Like setting a wasp trap:
Cut the top of the plastic bottle and spread oil on the inside of the bottom one, this will prevent the wasps from climbing up once they enter.
Now, fill the bottom of the bottle with fruit juice or any other sugary solution, turn the cut part of the bottle upside down and insert it into the lower part, so as to create a cone downwards, stopping it with adhesive tape.
As a last operation, you will only need a string and an awl to make a few holes around the top edge of the trap and hang it in an area away from children and pets.
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You can also use the same system to fight obnoxious mosquitoes. What you will have to change will only be the content of the trap: a solution of sugar, water and dry yeast.
It will be necessary:
- 1 cup of sugar;
- always 1 cup of hot water;
- 1 sachet of baking powder;
- and 1 cup of water at room temperature.
Like setting a mosquito trap:
Mix the sugar with the hot water, add the yeast and pour the mixture into the bottle, together with the water at room temperature.
Then cover well with clear film and leave to rest in a warm and humid place for at least a week.
When the yeast has had time to ferment, hang it where you know there are a lot of mosquitoes and you’re done! You’ve made one of the most effective insect traps!
Other unwelcome guests are the cockroaches: these insects know how to sneak into the narrowest crevices and feed on the small remains of food that are naturally found in the home. Their extraordinary ability is that they can live for dozens and dozens of days without food, but they can only survive a few days without water.
Here, then, that our trap will use their weak point to attract them: the structure we can use is always the same one created for wasps and mosquitoes and the liquid to pour into it must be a very sweet fruit juice, like mango or papaya. The trap will then be placed in a dark area close to their water sources, such as under the sink or in the bathroom.
A very important trick to optimize this type of insect traps: if we are talking about cockroaches, is to grease the walls of the bottle very well to prevent them from climbing up.
Fruit Insect Traps
Also the small fruit flies are extremely annoying, especially when, due to the heat, the skin of a fruit is sufficient to recall them to clouds. They are able to multiply quickly and it is really difficult to eliminate them, as well as clean up all the potential sources for their nourishment.
The most immediate way to try, at least, to reduce their number is to create a small, tailor-made bait. Here is what you need to make these fruit insect traps:
- 1 vase or glass bowl;
- transparent film;
- something sweet (jam, fruit, honey, maple syrup);
- balsamic vinegar, beer or wine to be fermented;
- oil (seed or olive oil to your liking);
How to make fruit bug traps:
Let’s start with the preparation: put the fruit or jam on the bottom of the jar and add water and wine/beer/vinegar in equal parts until the contents are partly submerged.
Add about half a teaspoon of oil and cover with the transparent film, making sure that there are no creases or curls; fix the film with the elastic and pierce it with a toothpick.
The gnats will be attracted by the sweet, fermented smell that comes out of the jar, they will enter and will not be able to leave.
There’s a saying that spiders in the house bring good luck, yet many people don’t like them at home. To discourage their presence they can act immediately by checking for cracks through which they can pass or by installing mosquito nets on the windows.
There is, however, a trick to scare them and prevent them from coming back: exploit their aversion to very strong smells and tastes without, however, killing them. Spiders, in fact, perform very useful actions for the ecosystem and it is never a good idea to eliminate them.
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You need them:
- 1 spray bottle;
- liquid dishwashing liquid;
- essential oil of lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit, lavender or tea tree;
How to prepare the traps against spiders: Fill the bottle with water, add drops of liquid dish soap and essential oil of your choice from those mentioned above, although it seems to work more than lemon.
Now you have an excellent weapon to induce spiders to escape: Spray generously around spider webs, cracks and areas where you have seen signs of spider activity. It is recommended to spray regularly to keep the smell strong.
And do you know of any other methods to keep insects away naturally in addition to our insect traps?