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4 Easy & Effective DIY Bug Traps

Bugs can be really annoying - both inside and out. Bug traps can get expensive, but making your own is a fun and inexpensive way to get rid of pests when Bug Soother just won't cut it. Whether it's mosquitoes buzzing around the outdoor patio or fruit flies hanging out in your kitchen sink, check out our 4 easy traps to make at home and keep annoying critters at bay.


Use a two-liter bottle and cut the top off (right below where it starts to curve). Place your bait in the bottom and then fit the top half of cut the bottle upside down inside the bottom half so it looks like a funnel. Secure in place with tape.

Below you'll find a list of insects and bait needed for each:

Stink Bugs, Moths: A small battery powered light

Wasps, Hornets, Bees, Cockroaches: Sugar water, soda, juice

Mosquitoes: Mix 1 cup of hot water with 1 cup of sugar then add 1 teaspoon of yeast

Fruit Flies & Black Flies:

Fill a quart-size bowl with a mixture of water and dish soap. Then set a smaller bowl, filled with a quarter cup of red wine vinegar, afloat in the center. The vinegar attracts fruit flies, making them stick to the suds from the soap.


Spiders don't like strong scents. Fill a spray bottle with dish soap and a strong scent like lemon or lavender essential oil and use the mixture as a spider away spray! Spray spider webs and dark places (like basement window sills) with the homemade spray. Spray well and often!


Combine a bit of flour and borax, and apply to ant-prone areas. You can also add herbs like spearmint, tansy, and southernwood to repel additionally.

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