How to Make Your Own Insect Glue Traps

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Bugs are everywhere, and the last place they should be is in a home. Insects can be annoying or just plain unsafe. To prevent them from getting in the home, try using insect glue traps.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 qt. corn syrup mix
  • 1 qt. water
  • Cooking pan
  • Stove
  • Paintbrush
  • Construction paper
  • Hole puncher
  • String
  • Paper weight(s)

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Instructions

    Making Traps for Flying Insects

  1. 1

    Mix 1 qt. corn syrup mix and 1 qt. water in a pan. Bring the mixture to a boil. This will create a non drying sticky paste.

  2. 2

    Choose a bright coloured piece of construction paper such as orange, yellow, or bright pink. Most bugs are attracted to bright colours.

  3. 3

    Spread the paste on the paper with a paintbrush. Punch one hole on each corner of the top of the paper if flies are what you are attracting.

  4. 4

    Place one end of string though the left hole and tie it in a knot, but do not tie it to tight or you will rip the paper. Take the other end of the string and tie it onto the right side. Hang the paper with the glue on it off of something in the areas that you are having the most trouble.

    Making Traps for Crawling Insects

  1. 1

    Repeat Steps 1 and 2 from Section 1 to create the paste and choose the paper.

  2. 2

    Cut the paper into 1-inch-wide strips about 1 foot in length.

  3. 3

    Brush the paste onto the top side of the strips and lay them paste side up in front of the doorway or on the window frame or wherever else the insects are entering the house.

  4. 4

    Weigh the paper down with something, or glue the strips together. Weight both ends and the middle of the strips if the paper is longer than three feet to ensure that it stays in place.

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