The standard way to use a insect glue trap
Do you use insect glue boards aka, sticky traps? Whether you’re a professional or a DIY pest controller, I think we all do. They’re a very flexible and cheap tool that can help out in many ‘sensitive’ & or ‘tricky’ situations as well as provide a way to monitor activity.
Like anything, they can be a bit overused and just placing them willy nilly around the house oftentimes catches nothing but dust- but with some forethought and just a little bit of creativity, you can use this quiet little accessory in some surprising ways and in areas where pesticides might not be practical (or safe) to use.
For me, I use Trapper LTD’s and they come in perforated sheets of three traps per sheet. This is nice because you can split the sheet and use one, two or all three. They’re designed to simply fold up in a tent shape which is great but I thought you might like to see a few pictorial ideas of how you can expand the way you use this simple tool. Perhaps this might be helpful or it may be that you have a way in which you use them that isn’t listed. If so, we’d all be grateful to hear about it. Just leave your comment below.
One little known trick I use is to cut my boards for a custom fit into a tight or odd shaped area. By using a little soap directly on a knife or pair of scissors you can cut your trap and not have a sticky mess. Apply the soap directly to the blade and cut while the protective wax paper is still over the glue. Nothing sticks and you can have custom insect trap in minutes. See the last two pics for examples.
Have fun-catch more bugs!
Slide the tabs into the larger ‘view’ slot and use the excess to tuck and secure trap in otherwise difficult spots..The seam at the top of cabinets etc…
Invert the sticky trap and secure the tabs. Great for under sinks around pipes or in closets or pantries for moths.
Lure traps are expensive-save money by just purchasing the lure. Fold one sheet in tent form and place on open sheet with one tab out act as anchor point.
Fold the flaps downward as a tent. Great to place over sink strainers on a plants soil for gnats. Here it catching gnats in an under sink food compost.
Fold the tabs to be able to use the slim aspect of your trap (see next photo)
The tabs keep you from losing the sheet and you can now service the slimmest of areas such as between cabinets and walls.
And don’t forget the easy method of hanging your trapper with a string. Great for flying pests or spots where the folding tab trick won’t work.
I use this trick for all sorts of tricky spots where a standard placement wont work.
When a sticky trap is desirable under the sink but there’s no room to put it…The possibilities are endless.