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Build Your Own Stink Bug Traps

A stink bug trap is an effective way to eliminate stink bugs, also known as the brown marmorated stink bug. The traps are inexpensive and easy to make at home. It is important to get rid of these insects immediately because they emit a horrible odour. Their ability to emit an odour through holes in their abdomen is a defence mechanism intended to keep birds and lizards at bay. However, the release of the odour can easily be triggered by simply touching the bug, injuring it or attempting to move it.

Homemade stink bug traps are not elaborate and can be made by even the least handy person. The traps can easily be put together using common household materials and resources. Here are some do-it-yourself stink bug traps.

Fruit Traps

Stink bugs eat only fruit and vegetables. You can use a fruit, such as an apple, as bait in your trap. Put one or more pieces of apple on a plate or bowl in a place where a stink bug can easily smell the aroma of the apple. The bugs will flock towards the fruit in order to suck the juice out of it. While the bugs are busy sucking, you can use a vacuum to suck up the bugs. Alternatively, you can place a domed lid over the fruit dish to trap the bugs and manually dispose of the entire trap in a trash receptacle. You can also place the fruit on or next to a strip of fly paper or any adhesive. The bugs will become stuck to the adhesive, and you can then throw it away in the trash bin.

Light Traps

Stink bugs are drawn to light. You can use sources of light to trap stink bugs. Turn off all the sources of light in your home and just leave the one where you intended to set a trap. For example, place an adhesive tape on a lamp to ensnare the bugs, or you can line the lamp with chemical substances such as dish soap, which can kill these bugs.

You can even use both traps at the same time. Arrange a fruit bowl and brighten it up using a lamp.

Aside from being inexpensive, homemade stink bug traps are also friendly to the environment. The traps can be used more than once and they do not pose any harm to the environment, unlike pesticide spray.

Getting rid of stink bugs is easy. However, neglect could lead to a serious infestation. In this case, check with your pest inspection expert for advice and recommendation on how to deal with a stink bug infestation.


Pest Inspector: Your Solution To Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, non-flying insects that live in the cracks and crevices of homes, apartments, motels, and hotels. Because bed bugs feed by sucking blood from humans or animals, these places of abode provide bed bugs with plentiful food sources. Humans are these pests preferred food source, but they will also feed on other animals such as dogs, cats, and poultry. Bed bugs, as their name implies, typically concentrate in mattresses, box springs, and bed frames. They feed at night when their host is immobile, and their bites are usually painless. In the day time, they hide in spaces such as tiny cracks in furniture, corners of furniture, curtains, cracks in wallpaper, and upholstery of chairs.

How To Identify Bed Bugs

There are three stages in the life cycle of a bed bug: egg, nymph, and adult. Bed bug eggs can be found in the same places where the adult bed bugs live during the day time hours, such as cracks and crevices. Their eggs are white and will be approximately 1mm in length. The female will lay approximately 200 eggs. The nymph will be small and colourless until its first feeding. Upon its first feeding the nymph will appear red or purple in colour. Once the nymph reaches the adult stage, it will be about 5-7 mm in length and appear reddish-brown. They have an oval shaped, flat, shiny body, and these pests emit a distinct odour.

Problems Associated with Bed Bugs

While bed bug bites are not painful, they can cause irritation and allergic reactions. Bed bugs will feed on exposed areas of skin while humans are asleep. The most common places affected by bed bugs include the face, neck, hands, and arms. Bed bugs bites result in bumps on the skin that will be small and flat or raised. These bumps typically are accompanied by redness, swelling, and itching. They can become infected if scratched.

Not only do bed bugs effect individuals physically, but there is a stigma associated with bed bugs. For businesses, bed bugs can result in a loss of income. Bed bugs can give a business a bad reputation, and businesses may also be forced to quarantine rooms infested with bed bugs.

Treatment of Bed Bugs

A pest inspection will be crucial to determine the extent of the bed bug infestation. There are two types of pest services that may be utilized: chemical and non-chemical. A pest control expert can help property owners determine the method of treatment that will be best for them. Extermination and complete eradication of bed bugs is a team effort, and a pest exterminator will work with property owners to correct their bed bug problem.