May 11, 2022

The 5 Best Insect Traps to Catch Annoying Pests!

When you have pests in your home, you may be left scrambling to find the right solution for your problem. An insect infestation is no joke, and some bugs can quickly get out of control without proper management. 

So, what’s the best way to combat stubborn insects in your home and yard? Insect traps are an excellent way to control pests, especially when using another method. 

If you are struggling with large bug populations, consider these methods to wipe out the infestation on your property!

Sticky Floor Insect Traps

Commonly used to catch roaches, glue traps can ensnare any insect foraging around your home. Oftentimes, pest control experts will set these traps to keep an eye on emerging pest populations or help locate the site of a nest.

Sticky traps won’t eliminate an active infestation, but you can knock out any remaining insects that stick around after a pesticide treatment. If you only have a few insects traveling in from the outdoors, sticky glue traps will stop them in their tracks as they try to enter your home. 

Place these traps in areas with an abundance of insects, and watch as the bugs pile up! Just be sure to regularly remove old traps as the captured insects could entice other pests to stop by for a quick bite. 

Hanging Fly Traps

These traps use a similar glue-like substance to keep flies at bay. As these pesky bugs flit around your home, they will collide with the traps hanging from your ceiling. The glue will keep them secured until you remove the trap or dispose of the flies. 

If you have a fruit fly or house fly infestation, you could place these traps in areas where they typically swarm, like your kitchen, pantry, or trashcans. For cluster flies, you can easily capture these slow-moving bugs as they try to exit your home. 

You could even place hanging insect traps outside around your porch or patio. Flies can quickly become a nuisance for outdoor picnics and barbeques. Before sharing your feast with a pest, use these strips to keep them at bay. 

However, be wary of your trap placement as you could accidentally grab other unsuspecting insects. You may not bat an eye at catching a yellowjacket or hornet, but bees could fly into the sticky trap if you place them too close to flowering plants. 

Yellowjacket Traps 

Considered the most aggressive wasp species, yellowjackets can cause quite the stir if they build in your yard. Because these nests are often hard to see, you could accidentally approach these hostile wasps. 

When you begin seeing yellowjackets in your yard, you should take prompt action to remove the nest. Trust a quality pest control company like Zunex to handle these aggressive insects and avoid interfering with the nest on your own. 

However, if you want to stop yellowjackets from flying too close to your home, try placing a yellowjacket trap in your yard. These should prevent the wasps from swarming near your porch or outdoor deck. 

You can purchase yellowjacket traps from a local hardware store or an online retailer. Just add water to the trap and place it in areas where you regularly see yellowjackets. If you’re interested in using materials at home, there are many ways to create DIY insect traps. 

Grab a leftover two-liter bottle of your favorite soda, and cut it in two. The bottom half of your bottle should be much larger than the top portion. Fill your bottle with water, sugar, and dish soap. Finish off your insect trap by placing the second half of your bottle inside the larger end with the mouth facing the sugary mixture. 

This trap can quickly capture handfuls of yellowjackets, so regularly empty the bottle and replenish the mixture. Check out this article for an in-depth overview of yellowjacket traps.  

Spider Traps

If you have spiders in your home, you’ll want to act fast to get these creepy critters gone quickly. Sometimes, it’s difficult to eliminate spiders as they hide in inconspicuous places. When you’re dealing with a highly venomous species, you probably don’t want to get too close, either!

Spider traps are like glue traps, but these products will specifically kill all of the pests that crawl inside. Rather than placing a flat glue trap or sticky sheet, spider traps can contain the arachnids within a box and kill them while inside. 

If you have spiders in your home, this method can easily handle the bugs while keeping you out of harm's way. You won’t have to worry about handling live insects when you throw the trap away, which is a major advantage for our pest-adverse readers!

Electric Insect Traps

Often called “bug zappers,” these insect traps can eliminate bugs instantly. Electric traps entice bugs with bright lights and deliver a killing shock as they touch their surface. The dead bugs then fall into a tray that you can remove. 

While these traps can quickly kill insects that stray too close, these options are typically more expensive. Electric traps may not be feasible if you're on a budget. 

However, if you’re looking for a permanent pest control solution, this option could manage the level of insects that swarm around your outdoor areas. As you sit outside during the evening hours, the bugs will flock toward the zapper instead of darting around your porch. 

Do You Still Have Pests? Consider a Professional Pest Control Service!

Some pests can beat even the best at-home pest control methods. While insect traps can conquer the pests you see, other insects like cockroaches need intensive treatments to eliminate their indoor populations. 

If you haven't had luck with insect traps, contact Zunex today! We will be happy to provide a free quote to detail your pest control options. With our help, we will ensure your home will be completely pest free. 

By Allison Clayton

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