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What is more annoying than bees, wasps and other insects looking for something sweet when you are about to eat a good meal on your porch? Using a PET-bottle, a knife and some adhesive tape, in less than 1 minute you will have the most effective insect trap ever!
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Step 1: Cutting

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Taking care not to cut your hand into slices, use the knife to cut the bottle. Cut about 1/3 of the top of the bottle, and about as much at the bottom. You will now have 3 pieces. You can discard the "middle" piece.

Step 2: Making the funnel

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Now, turn the top part of the bottle upside down, and "insert" it into the bottom part of the bottle. Make sure there are no openings between the funnel and the container, since the insects will crawl out that way. Use the knife to trim the funnel to a perfect fit. You will now have a kind of a "funnel" that will lure insects into the container, but prevent them to find their way out, since insects tend to fly along boundaries and have really bad accuracy for flying through holes.

Step 3: Finish it off

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With some adhesive tape, tape the top part of the bottle to the bottom part of the bottle. Pour some soda or other sweet liquid into the container, to about 1 inch deep. Pour some extra sweetener into it, like honey or more sugar. Put this container close (but not too close) to your table, preferably on the floor, and wait for the bugs to start disappearing into the container. Once it's full, just discard it and make another one or empty it and fill it up again:

Time consumed: < 1minute
Money: 0.10 $
Does this work for common houseflies? Anyone know? Also, anyone know a good bait to use?
peoplayer (author)  MamaBrownBear1 year ago
There is a trick (that seems to work) for common houseflies here in Mexico. Fill a plastic bag with water and hang it somewhere from the roof. According to experts, the reflections of the water, hanging, will scare flies off. Most Mexican roadside restaurants have these and they work as far as I am concerned.
Great Idea. If you want to catch yellow jackets just pour beer in the container.
just make sure its not good beer ;)
SirNoodlehe4 years ago
time to tie some bees to strings :D
Why would you do this? Honeybees have suffered large population declines and you want to torture them?
Void Schism4 years ago
It does work. If you put a couple of teaspoons of jam (or jelly for those "state-side") and splash of hot water in the bottom and mix them up the bugs will dive for it and get stuck in the mixture
zack attack5 years ago
i used orange soda and sugar and put it near a small forest for a whole day and i didnt catch anything.
soozalooza5 years ago
I have recently moved into a house on farmland and my home is overrun with flies. I have pets so have to be cautious with pesticides. The fly strips work quite well but would prefer to live without strips covered in fly corpses hanging throughout my house. Your insect trap is a great alternative and I love how cheap and simple they are to make. Thanks so much for idea!
it takes more than one minute!
geoffypi6 years ago
you should use this and enter the 'best use of waterbottle contest"