FAQ

The Trap

The Attractant Concentrate

Trap Placement (Location! Location! Location!)

Other Traps & Methods

General & Miscellaneous

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The Trap

Do I ever have to touch the bugs?
No – you will NEVER have to touch the bugs.  Simply dispose of the bugs and the environmentally safe attractant concentrate by flushing them down the drain or tossing them outdoors or in the trash.

Does the Original Indoor Stink Bug Trap actually kill the bugs?
Yes. The attractant concentrate coats the stink bugs with a thin film that suffocates them within a matter of minutes.

How often should the trap be emptied and refilled?
It is best to refill the trap when the surface of the liquid is more than 50% covered with stink bugs because the carcasses tend to block the light, making the trap less visible to the insects at a distance.  Also, the attractant concentrate scent tends to dissipate after several days, so refill the trap every 4 to 5 days.

During what time of day is the Original Indoor Stink Bug Trap most effective?
Nighttime is best, because the light from the trap generally has little or no competition from other lights.  Rooms in which the trap is located should have all other lights turned off.  If there are windows that are allowing outside light – or even bright moonlight – to enter the room, pull the curtains and/or close the blinds.  For best results, the trap should be turned on before other lights are turned off.  Some entomologists also believe that the bugs are more active at night.

Is it okay to turn the trap off during the day?
Yes, but the trap should always be turned on before dusk or before the lights in your home or business are turned off for the evening.

Can you see the bugs in the trap?
Generally speaking, unless you are looking from directly over top of the trap, you will not see the dead bugs.  They tend to be non-obvious from the side and from a distance.

Can the Original Indoor Stink Bug Trap be used outdoors?
We recommend indoor use only.  However, when used on screened-in porches or beneath protected overhangs, the trap has proven to be very effective.  Do not expose the trap to rain or any other kind of precipitation.

I want to use the trap in my bedroom but I think the light might keep me awake.  What can I do?
A simple plug-in wall timer (available from any hardware store) can be programmed to automatically turn on the trap after you have fallen asleep.

Do I need more than one trap?
When it comes to getting rid of insects, more is usually better, but we recommend starting with just one trap.  You may discover that moving the trap to a different room every 24 to 48 hours will be effective.  If your indoor infestation is severe, purchasing additional traps will absolutely help reduce the number of stink bugs in your home.

Why isn’t battery operation an option for your trap?
The effectiveness of the Original Indoor Stink Bug Trap has a lot to do with the brightness of the light and the stink bugs’ ability to see that light from a distance.  Batteries are not a cost-effective way of producing the necessary power to achieve that level of brightness, as they will wear out quickly.  Traps that use batteries become less and less effective as the batteries wear out and can be very expensive to constantly replace.

The trap warning says not to operate the trap above 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  It never gets that hot in my home, so why the warning?
Some attics can get pretty warm in the spring and fall when indoor stink bug infestations are peaking.  The increased temperature can decrease the life of the LED’s (the lights) used in the trap, so we recommend operating the unit below the temperature shown above.

Bugs on the floor.  Bugs on the wall.  No bugs in your dumb trap.  Why?
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you (“Stealer’s Wheel” is the band for those folks too young to remember the 70’s).  Anyway, about the bugs:  When the stink bugs are at the end of their adult lives or do not have enough energy to fly, they may not have the energy to actually get to the trap, no matter how enticing the trap may appear.  Of course, the stink bugs might also already be dead.

My mom hates stink bugs sooooo much and she is sooooo thrilled with her Original Indoor Stink Bug Trap that she wants to divorce my father and marry the inventor.  Mom wants to know if he’s available.  Dad is less than thrilled.  What should I tell my parents?
We’re thrilled that we have been able to solve your family’s stink bug problem, but all of the product development folks are already married.  Tell your dad that he has nothing to worry about and please thank your mom for the compliment!

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The Attractant Concentrate

How many refills can I expect from one bottle of attractant concentrate?
Each bottle contains about 10 to 12 refills, or enough for 6 to 8 weeks of average use in a home or business experiencing a mild stink bug infestation.  If you are experiencing a greater number of bugs that are consistently filling up the trap’s container, expect to use more attractant concentrate.

Why can’t I use plain water without the attractant concentrate?
The patent pending Original Indoor Stink Bug Trap and attractant concentrate are the result of a tremendous amount of research and development in order to provide the most effective indoor stink bug “attract and kill” technology to homeowners and businesses.  The attractant concentrate actually performs several key functions.  When combined with regular tap water and placed in the trap container, the attractant concentrate is illuminated by a specific frequency of light that actually turns the liquid into a unique “target”.  This optical target attracts the attention of the stink bugs from a distance.  As the stink bugs get closer, the scent from the attractant concentrate literally compels them to dive into the liquid, and the insects are instantly coated with a film that prevents them from breathing.  They literally suffocate and are dead in a few minutes.  An additional benefit is that the attractant concentrate prevents the bugs from releasing the awful odor that gives them their name.

So you’re saying regular water won’t kill stink bugs?
For the most part, that is correct.  Like most insects, stink bugs breathe through their exoskeleton, allowing them to survive on the surface of water.

I have dropped stink bugs in the toilet and have watched them swim around for hours, even days.  How does your attractant concentrate kill the stink bugs?
Once the insects have landed in the attractant concentrate, they are immediately coated with a thin film that suffocates them within several minutes.  Regular water (like that in a toilet) tends to run right off the surface of the bugs, which is how they are able to survive for hours or even days without drowning.

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Trap Placement (Location! Location! Location!)

What’s the best location in a room for the trap?
The best location is from 2 to 4 feet above the floor within a few feet of a wall, and less than 6 feet away from an electrical outlet.  The location should be visible from virtually anywhere in the room.  End tables and on top of bookcases are ideal locations.

In which room of the house will the trap work best?
The obvious answer is the room in which you encounter the most stink bugs.  However, don’t overlook the attic as a point of entry and possible location for the trap.  For instance, stink bugs often enter the attic and make their way downstairs into the living quarters of a residence, often crawling through light fixtures, fans, and small cracks, to migrate from a dark space (the attic) to an illuminated space (your bedroom!).  For homes that are overrun with stink bugs, several traps will be more effective than one trap in a single location.

Is the attic a good place to try the Original Indoor Stink Bug Trap?
If you have seen a few bugs in your attic, it might actually be the best place for your trap, as the attic might be the entry location for the stink bugs into your home.

I want to use the trap in my attic but there are no electrical outlets up there.  What should I do?
Most attics have one or two light bulbs in sockets.  Hardware stores sell adapters that will convert the light socket into a two-prong electrical outlet into which you can plug the trap’s AC adapter.  When using the trap in an attic this way, unscrew all other light bulbs so that there are no other light sources other than the stink bug trap itself.

I have a huge attic.  Is one trap sufficient?
For any large room or attic, it is often wise to use two traps.  Instead of placing them at opposite ends of the room or attic, divide the room or attic in half and place the traps in the center of those two spaces.  For instance:  if your attic is about 40 feet long, place one trap about 10 feet from one end and another trap 10 feet away from the other end.

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Other Traps & Methods

Why aren’t pesticide sprays generally recommended for stink bugs inside the home?
There are 25.5 million children under the age of 6 years old in the United States, and over 72 million households have pets.  For that reason alone, pesticide sprays should always be used with caution.  When it comes to stink bugs, the effects of spraying are only temporary and the resulting bug carcasses will attract carpet beetles and other insects, creating further problems.  Lastly, pesticide sprays that don’t kill instantly can represent a threat to stink bugs, provoking them to emit their obnoxious smell.

Should traps that don’t kill stink bugs be considered for indoor use?
Sure, if you like buzzing bugs, the continued release of their pungent smell, and the distinct possibility that if they’re not actually dead, the stink bugs can escape from that kind of trap!  And let’s not forget that if the stink bugs aren’t dead, YOU have to somehow kill them to get rid of them!  Seriously, why buy any indoor insect trap that doesn’t kill the invading pests?  The Original Indoor Stink Bug Trap kills stink bugs in minutes.  Period.

Why aren’t traps that have been designed for outdoor use effective when used indoors?
Because when they are used indoors, they are not effective in killing the bugs (see the next Q&A below as to why live bugs in an indoor trap aren’t a good idea).  Adhesive-based traps don’t kill the bugs quickly and dehydration-type traps are not effective in killing insects without ultraviolet light (like sunlight).  Stink bugs that are threatened (like when they are stuck on adhesives or trapped in a container) will emit their awful smell.

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General & Miscellaneous

Will sealing up the openings and cracks in windows and doors help keep stink bugs out?
Yes, it will definitely help.  However, a lot of insect entry points into your home are in locations that you normally can’t see or do much about.  For instance, roof ventilation screens and soffits can provide entry to the attic, as just one example.  Successfully making one’s home virtually “bug proof” can be very difficult to do.