How to make your own sticky glue for insects

Updated April 17, 2017

Insects can be a nuisance when they invade your home or garden. Rid yourself of the annoying pests by making homemade, sticky glue that attracts and traps insects when they touch it. Making sticky glue is relatively easy and inexpensive compared to many other methods of pest removal, and it is not dangerous or bad for the environment like many bug sprays. If you are having a problem with insects, consider this easy alternative to gain control over the situation.

Cut plywood into squares or rectangles the size that you wish your trap to be. You can do this yourself or have it done at a hardware store.

Use your paint brush to brush one side of a plywood square or rectangle with a sticky compound. Sticky compounds can be purchased at hardware or home stores specifically for making sticky glue traps for insects.

Place a homemade sticky product, such as a petroleum jelly, on a piece of plywood. You could also boil a mixture of corn syrup and water until it takes on a syrupy consistency and brush it on the plywood.

Place the traps out in your home or outside your home to catch insects. Clean them off or throw them away once they are full of bugs.

Things You'll Need

  • Plywood squares or rectangles
  • Sticky compound
  • Petroleum jelly (optional)
  • Corn syrup (optional)
  • Water (optional)
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