LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A stink bug trap that can be made with common household items was found to be more effective than pricey store-bought traps in a recently released study.
Researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech say their experiment was conducted in 16 homes over the course of two years.
Their most effective trap, made of a disposable aluminum roasting pan, dish soap and a lamp, eliminated 14 times more stink bugs than store-bought traps that cost up to $50.
“We knew that insects are generally attracted to light, so we were able to exploit that with these traps,” said John Aigner, a doctoral student in the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology.
To conduct the study, Aigner and Tom Kuhar, an entomology professor, asked homeowners who were annoyed by the infestation of stink bugs in their houses to evaluate different types of traps.
The brown marmorated stink bug is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan but started invading the Mid-Atlantic region in the late 2000s. They are now found in 41 states. There are still no in-home insecticides labeled for use against the shield-shaped pests, and they have very few natural predators here in the U.S.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, area residents are undoubtedly noticing them crawling out of the crevices they were hiding in for the winter and back into their homes.
Here’s a video on how to make the trap: