DIY Insect Traps: No Chemicals, No More Bugs, No Diseases!

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4. Cockroaches

These disease little carrying pests just love to come out in the warm nighttime weather. They can live off of specks of food so tiny that you can’t see them, but they can! They aren’t as hard to get rid of as you might think. The same bottle method that works for wasps and mosquitoes, works for cockroaches too. Cut off the top of a 2 liter bottle like you did for wasps. Grease up the inside of the bottle really well as cockroaches can climb like crazy. This time, use fruit juice flavors such as strawberry, mango, or papaya as these tend to work better than citrus juices when it comes to cockroaches. Put the bottle in a dark area near a source of water, such as under the kitchen or bathroom sink or behind the refrigerator.

Another trick is to use double stick carpet tape along the back walls of cupboards or behind appliances, any place you think cockroaches are running by. The tape will stop them dead in their tracks.


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5. Fruit flies

These are so annoying in your kitchen! It only takes one forgotten banana or a lemon left out on the kitchen counter or in a fruit bowl on a hot day to make what seems like a hundred fruit flies!

First, get rid of any fruit that’s overly ripe and place all other fruit in the frig. Wipe down cabinets, fans, and counters with full strength vinegar (find out other uses of vinegar). When fruit flies have nothing to eat, they will eventually die off. However, if you just can’t stand them even one more day flying around your kitchen, make a trap.

Take a half pint jar or a small bowl and place a bit of fruit or jam on the bottom. Add equal parts of beer or balsamic vinegar and water until the fruit or jam is partially submerged. Add about a half a teaspoon of cooking oil, and then stretch a piece of plastic wrap very tightly across the top. Make sure there are no folds in the plastic; it should be tight as a drum. Hold the plastic in place with a rubber band, then, using a toothpick, poke a few small holes in the plastic wrap. The flies will be seriously hot for that sweet mess under the plastic. They will crawl through the holes to get to it but once inside, they can’t figure out how to get back out. They will soon drown and your kitchen will be pristine once again.


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