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I love being outdoors, but that doesn’t mean I want to be bug food. While I love our home in rural Kentucky, I found that the insects really like to hang out right by our door. I tried explaining to them they had the rest of the 15+ acres to roam, but they insisted this was the best spot. This summer I am winning the war with this battle plan.
Whether you live in a rural location like I do, or in town, this plan may work for you.
All plans need a good name. Since my son repeats everything, we went with:
Bye bye Insects
The foes: Reddish brown wasps, carpenter bee’s, yellow jackets, mosquitoes.
Understanding the important role insects play, I only wanted them gone near the house. They are quite welcome to visit the flowers, garden, and woods.
Knowing we have possums on the property who eat the mosquitoes, I began by inviting them to eat more. They didn’t, so I went to Earth Easy. They had 2 products that I thought might meet our needs perfectly.
Meet the Insect Killer
- It has a very short 2 cord with 2 prongs.
- You will need an extension cord.
- It has a loop on top for easy hanging.
- Comes with mosquito bait you can put at bottom. (I didn’t use mine yet, and as you can see in the photo there are alot of dead insects.)
- Environmentally friendly. No chemicals, fogs, sprays, or odors.
- No refills required, it only needs electricity.
- Low maintenance: just knock the extra deceased bugs off it occasionally. Bring inside during colder months.
The insects are attracted to the light. Simply plug it in at night and the amount of insects in the area will quickly decrease.
I run mine for 3-4 hours each night and you can hear the zapping of the bugs dying. We keep it near the house where my son plays and have found a huge decrease in bug bites on everyone. While this can be hung, I put mine on a concrete block just to see how many bugs died each night. The pile was amazing!
This insect killer is great because it will last you years. It comes with a 2 year warranty. It costs pennies a day to operate, even if you run it all night. It’s child and pet safe. My cat doesn’t seem to mind the noise and my son loves pointing out the “deads.”
As far as negatives, it really has none.
This Insect Killer is worth getting.
Our second problem was wasps and bee’s. They think the doorway is a great hang out and the whole area where my son plays is one of their favorites as well. To help decrease the chances of one of us getting stung, I was looking at the wasp traps. Most of them are very very ugly and 1 time use only.
The Yellow Jacket and Wasp Trap is decorative and functional.
This glass jar is very pretty. It’s a thicker glass so it’s pretty durable too, though I wouldn’t want to see it fall on the concrete.
This jar requires a lure.
- It comes with 1 lure.
- To use this you need 1/2 cup of non citrus fruit juice, dish soap, and the lure.
- They suggest putting the trap 10′ from your porch or picnic area.
- You can add raw meat, fish, or cat food to the juice to increase your chances of catching them. ( I did not do this.)
- The lure is good for 10 days.
Since our wasps hang out in our doorway, I put this on the end of the eve near the doorway. Of course as soon as I did they “disappeared.” After 5 days outside, I found 3 dead wasps/bee’s in the jar. The number of bee’s and wasps near the house has more than halved. I’m not sure why that is, but it’s the desired result and I am very happy.
My son would like to add that he is happy they are not buzzing around his head.