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DIY Bug Safety

Discussion in 'Other' started by Maven, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Maven

    Maven Well-Known Member

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    Summer bugs carry disease and are a nuisance. Here are 5 cheap, effective, do-it-yourself ways to fight back against
    1. Mosquitoes
    2. Ants
    3. Fruit Flies
    4. Wasps
    5. Stink Bugs
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    https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/keep-bugs-away-this-summer-with-these-5-diy-hacks/70002358
    Keep bugs away this summer with these 5 DIY hacks
    By Ashley Williams and Heather Janssen

    Warm weather potentially invites many unwelcome pests into our homes and outdoor spaces. The types of pests that invade during the summer include mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies, wasps and stink bugs.

    "Each [pest] is unique, so what attracts them into our homes is different," said Dr. Ron Harrison, Orkin's entomologist and technical services director.

    Whether indoors or outdoors, these pesky pests can prove challenging to keep away. Here are five DIY projects you can try this summer to keep these bugs out of your home.
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    Mosquitoes

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    What you’ll need: a bucket, a small amount of water and liquid detergent.

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    How this works: Mosquitoes like to lay eggs in stagnant water, but the added detergent will take away the water’s surface tension, making it impossible for them to stand. That means the pests will drown instead of laying eggs.

    Harrison said thinning your vegetation will also help in reducing the number of mosquitoes since they get blown away by the wind.
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    Ants

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    What you’ll need: a one-half cup of sugar, 1.5 tablespoons of Borax, 1.5 cups of warm water and cotton balls (or a paper towel).

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    How this works: Ants are generally attracted to sweet foods. Also, while Borax won’t cause much harm to humans, the mineral disrupts an ant’s digestive system and slowly kills it. For a quicker effect, try placing the bait directly in areas where you’ve seen ants.

    "Ants are foraging for food all the time," Harrison said. "If they find a source of debris (food) in your home, that is when you will most likely see ants start coming into your home," he added.
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    Fruit Flies

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    What you’ll need: a mason jar or something similar, a one-half cup of apple cider vinegar, a funnel, a drop of dish soap and an optional piece of ripe or overripe fruit.

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    How this works: Fruit flies are drawn to the smell of fermentation, making apple cider vinegar a great choice for a homemade trap. Heating the vinegar creates a fragrance that flies won’t be able to resist.

    According to Everyday Roots, the dish soap helps prevent the flies from simply flying away after they’ve had a sip. The flies won’t be able to escape and will eventually drown. If they don’t, you can freeze the fruit-fly-infested jar for about 20 minutes.
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    Wasps

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    What you’ll need: a 2-liter soda bottle, a permanent marker, a knife or sharp scissors and an optional piece of wire for hanging the trap.

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    How this works: The bait’s scent will lure wasps to the bottle. Since they’ll have a hard time escaping the narrow opening, the wasps will eventually die. Place the trap in outdoor areas where you’ve seen wasp activity.

    It is recommended that you regularly remove dead wasps from the trap and re-bait the bottle weekly. Remember to take caution, especially if you’re allergic to wasps.

    "Moving your vegetation farther away with at least 2 feet of dirt can help keep pests away from your house," Harrison said.
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    Stink Bugs

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    What you’ll need: a large aluminum foil pan, water, dish soap and a light to attract stink bugs.

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    How this works: The light lures the stink bugs into the aluminum pan. Once they touch the dish soap, they are unable to escape.

    A team at Virginia Tech found that the effects of this inexpensive and homemade stink bug trap outweighs those of pricier, store-bought options. The DIY trap was shown to be 14 times more useful at eliminating stink bugs than traps that cost up to $50, according to the study.

    Harrison noted that doing monthly home inspections can alert you to pests’ entry points. He also mentioned that standing water, plumbing and gaps in screens and doors are just some of the places of which to be mindful.
     
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  2. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

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    new orleans , la.
    How do we trap pax ?
     
  3. SEAL Team 5

    SEAL Team 5 Well-Known Member

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    I have a way better solution for ants. A tablespoon of Cream of Wheat. The ants take it back to the queen, she ingest it and then the Cream of Wheat expands killing the queen and within a few hours the entire colony is dead. Easy and super cheap.

    Thanks brother, those are very helpful hints. Now for us desert rats tell us how to get rid of scorpions, black widows, Gila monsters and rattlesnakes.
     
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  4. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

    Location:
    new orleans , la.
    No kidding
    Cream of Wheat works ?
     
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  5. SEAL Team 5

    SEAL Team 5 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it does. Now we don't have the fire ant problem like you guys do back east, but I'm thinking it has to work the same way. I just see an ant trail and place the Cream of Wheat on the trail in a spot that I know won't be stepped on or blow away. Every 6 hours go check on it and you'll see the pile getting smaller. Pretty soon you won't see a single ant. Might take as long as 2 days.
     

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