A do-it-yourself

Stink Bug Trap  

     anyone can put together

     Simple  and  Effective

 

 

WHEN STINK BUGS INVADE A DARK AREA SUCH AS AN ATTIC OR AN UNLIT ROOM THEY ARE STRONGLY ATTRACTED TO LIGHT. YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR ATTRACTION TO LIGHT AND CONSTRUCT A SIMPLE TRAP THAT CATCHES AND QUICKLY DROWNS THEM IN WATER.

       (THE TRAP WILL NOT BE EFFECTIVE IN WELL LIT AREAS.)

THE STINK BUG TRAP HAS THREE PARTS:
   (1) A 5-GALLON, WHITE, TRANSLUCENT PAINT BUCKET (WAL-MART, $4).
   (2) A XENON "PUCK" 20 WATT ACCENT LAMP (HOME DEPOT, $10).
   (3) A U-SHAPED SUPPORT FOR THE PAINT BUCKET, MADE FROM 1x4 LUMBER.
ASSEMBLY AND INSTALLATION
 
AUTHOR'S NOTE

THE TRAP DESIGN PRESENTED HERE IS SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE, BUT ANYONE WHO IS COMFORTABLE AT THE WORKBENCH AND WITH BASIC ELECTRICAL WIRING CAN EASILY PRODUCE AN IMPROVED VERSION BY MOUNTING A LAMP SOCKET FITTED WITH A 60-75 WATT BULB AN INCH OR TWO ABOVE THE DROWNING BATH INSIDE ANY LARGE, STRAIGHT-SIDED CONTAINER.

ATTENTION ENTREPRENEURS!  
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE A FORTUNE SELLING A BETTER BUG TRAP.

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  (1) FILL THE PAINT BUCKET WITH WATER TO A DEPTH OF 1-2 INCHES, THEN ADD A TEASPOONFUL OF CLOROX AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF DETERGENT OR LIQUID SOAP AND SWIRL THE LIQUID TO MIX.

  (2) PLACE THE U-SUPPORT ON THE FLOOR OR A TABLE ANYWHERE IN THE DARK AREA YOU HAVE CHOSEN. (LOCATION IS NOT IMPORTANT -- THE BUGS WILL FIND IT.)

  (3) PLACE THE PAINT BUCKET (WITH WATER) ON TOP OF THE SUPPORT.

  (4) PLACE THE PUCK LAMP DIRECTLY UNDER THE PAINT BUCKET SO IT SHINES UPWARD THROUGH THE WATER.  DO NOT PUT THE LAMP IN THE WATER!   PLUG THE LAMP CORD INTO THE NEAREST WALL OUTLET.

CAUTION: XENON LAMPS BURN VERY HOT. KEEP COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS AWAY FROM CONTACT WITH THE LAMP.

  (5) THAT'S IT!  YOU CAN NOW DO YOUR PART TO RID THE WORLD OF A TRULY NASTY PEST.

CHECK THE TRAP FREQUENTLY AND EMPTY IT AS OFTEN AS DESIRED. REPLACE WITH FRESH CLOROX/DETERGENT/WATER TO CONTROL ODOR.

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