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23 Easy DIY Bug Traps That Actually Work

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
July 13, 2016 · 1.7k Views

Sugary drinks, watermelon and popsicles left out on the counter and the kids home for the summer usually equal one major problem….bugs, and try as you may they are simply unavoidable. Getting rid of those annoying insects can be an expensive venture too. Bug traps and fumigating can cost a pretty penny, and also bring toxic elements into your home that you probably don’t want around your children. Why not kill two birds (or twenty bugs) with one stone and try out these easy Do It Yourself techniques. They are a simple and effective way to have a bug free home this summer.

You may easily have all of the necessary ingredients for these DIY bug traps/sprays on hand or purchase them for cheaps at your local Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Walmart or Target!



Source: Handimania 
  • Mix ½ a cup of sugar, 1 cup of warms water and 2 tablespoons of Borax. Soak a cotton cosmetics pad in the mixture and place in hot spot areas of your home like the corner of kitchen counters. Allow the ants to collect the mix and bring it back to their Queen.
  • In a spray bottle mix together 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (you probably have some in your first aid kit at home) 1 tablespoon of mouth wash and 1 tablespoon of dawn dish soap. Generously spray the area of ants and leave it for about 10-15 minutes. Wipe up the mix and the ants after letting it sit.

Fruit Flies:

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  • Mix together wine  (or apple cider vinegar) with a bit of liquid dish soap and add the mix to a strong spray bottle. The soap in the mix will break down the surface tension trapping the flies when they come to eat.
  • This option also works great with mosquitos. Cut an old water bottle in half (or just cut the neck if the bottle is small enough). In the base of the bottle mix together ½ a cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent.  Place the neck of the bottle in upside down and seal with tape. Now mosquitos and flies can fly in but not out. Place the bottle near windows or corners of the house
  • You can also try the above solution with yeast and brown sugar or whisky, beer, or any other fermented liquid.

Fungus Flies:

Source: Get Busy Gardening 
  • Place about 2 inches of sand over the soil of your house plants to prevent any indoor larvae from hatching in your home.

Horse Fly

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  • Mix 2 cups white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of Eucalyptus oil and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
  • Mix together ½ a cup of hair conditioner (preferably with a strong scent), 3 tablespoons eucalyptus oil,  and ½ cup baby oil with enough water to f fill a 32 ounce spray bottle and use to spray directly on flies.

Drain Flies:

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  • Always make sure all pipes and drains are thoroughly clean. Place lemon and apple cider vinegar in the garbage disposal and run it to get to hard to reach areas. A long wire brush or plumber’s snake is also a great way to clean out the tight spots in your pipes where food and hair clogs usually get stuck.


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  • Mix 2 gallons of filtered water with about a ¼ cup of dish soap (shampoo also works great for this). Add it to a spray bottle and spray throughout your home and over the bushes outside using a garden spray.  Remember, if spiders don’t freak you out too much (and you have the non toxic variety in your home) it may be best to leave them as they are also a form of pest control.
  • Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to ½ a pint of water to make a peppermint spray. Spray the mix on entry points and corners
  • Combine equal parts water and vinegar into a spray bottle and spray in common entry points and corners.


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  •  In a 16 oz spray bottle mix together 15 drops of lavender oil, 3-4 tablespoons of vanilla extract and ¼ cup of lemon juice. Spray the mixture on you and your family for an easy non toxic mosquito repellant that also smells great.
  • Grow lemongrass or mint and place them around the entrances of your home to deter them (the mosquitos, not your kids) from coming in.
  • Combine a large bottle of mouthwash with 3 cups Epsom salt, and 3 stale 12 oz beers. Mix them together until dissolved and spray around seating areas, and pools outside.


Source: Homeguides 
  • Finally something to do with those old banana peals! Place shopped up banana peels just around the soil of affected plants
  • Purchase ladybugs from your nearby home gardening store, they can eat up to 5,000 aphids a year.

Yellow Jackets and Wasps:

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  • Fill a container with a ¼ cup vinegar, ½ warm water, ½ cup  sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt and place them throughout the yard to trap the wasps.
  • Cut a lime in half and insert a handful of whole cloves, leave the limes out on your patio or garden.


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  • Place Bay Leaves in closets and cabinets
  • Mix 24 drops mint essential oil with 1 cup of water and spray under kitchen cabinets, cracks and around doors.
  • Rub tea tree oil on shelves and add end of cucumbers until shriveled
  • Sprinkle diatomaceous earth in cracks and holes.


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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.

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