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Easy, inexpensive homemade stink bug trap really works

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Researchers predict that if one out of 10 homes had stink bugs last year, nine in 10 homes could have them this season. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture says fall is the time when adult stink bugs move inside and look for places to spend the winter.

But the Home Depot's Joe Autry and Samantha Walker says you can fight back against stink bugs with an inexpensive and easy-to-build trap.  All you need is a soda bottle, scissors, masking or two-sided tape and a battery powered LED light.

Building a Stink Bug trap:
 
Step 1:  Find yourself an empty soda/juice bottle and to cut the top off. If possible, try and cut it just above the label and be sure to make it a clean cut.

Step 2:  Grab some masking tape or double-sided tape.  Put four pieces directly on the bottle from top to bottom. This works like a "ladder" for the stink bugs to have something to walk up the bottle to the waiting trap.

Step 3: Next, you need to take the battery powered light and attach it to the bottom of the bottle. Make sure that you place it facing upwards so that the light is nice and bright inside your trap. Later, when we place this trap inside a dark room, the light will attract the stink bugs and make them climb into the bottle, only to discover that they are trapped afterwards.

Step 4: Now, take the piece of the soda bottle that you cut off earlier, invert it and stick it onto the other part of the bottle using tape.  Attach it firmly and ensure that there are no gaps between the edges. If there are gabs, this could allow the stink bugs to escape.  The only entrance (and exit) should be through the hole in the middle as this is where the stink bugs will fall and be unable to escape.

Step 5: Finally, place your completed stink bug trap in a dark area in your home (such as your garage or attic) to ensure bugs are attracted to the light from the bottle.

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