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    May 8, 2020

    16 Useful Things To Get Rid Of The Creepy Crawlers That Have Overstayed Their Welcome In Your Home

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    1. These sticky stakes that work wonders for trapping annoying insects that have overstayed their welcome in your darling houseplants.

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    Promising review: "Holy cow these suckers work! I'm so grossed out by the result, but at the same time, I have a sick sense of satisfaction. I used these in my house plants that are breeding fungus gnats like crazy. I used them in conjunction with beneficial nematodes, and they definitely cut down on the number of gnats in our house. Unfortunately, I added a new houseplant, plus re-potted one that had outgrown its prior home, and we are wrapped up in them again. I'm buying another package of sticky traps as soon as I finish this review!" —Megan

    Get a pack of seven from Amazon for $4.98 (also available as 12 packs of seven).

    2. A critter catcher perfect for dealing with bugs at a distance — you can trap those spiders crawling near your ceiling (without hurting them) and release them outside.

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    Promising review: "A very kind soul thought of this product OR someone who was terrified of spiders LOL! Either way, it works great and does not kill the bug when you grab it! It's a way better idea than what I was currently doing with a cup and piece of paper. The spider actually gets stuck and cannot move until you release. Great invention!!!" —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in three colors).

    3. These glue traps to put an end to the reign of terror of the creepy crawlies that rear their heads every time you hike down to the basement or go to the kitchen for a snack.

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    Promising review: "These suckers stop everything, and I mean everything. They are easy to put together and can be placed anywhere. I left a few unfolded and slipped them under the side door on my garage. The good news is that they captured about 10 cockroaches. The bad news is that now my wife knows that there are cockroaches outside the house and were in the garage until all of them get stuck on additional traps. These have trapped spiders, ants, beetles, and everything else that creeps and crawls. The only downside is that these are sticky as heck and require care when being placed or else you get stuck to them. Its like the booger that you try to wipe off only to get it stuck to the other hand, ya know? If you do want to put a bunch along the bottom of a door then I'd recommend not separating them and making the tent shape but trimming them of all excess paper except for one side (or the booger scenario ensues)." —Slader

    Get a pack of 90 traps from Amazon for $25.99.

    4. A pack of transparent window traps that stick to catch the winged demons that think they can enter and leave your home as they please. Just stick 'em on your windows and let the traps do their thing (but remember to remove them because a cluster of flies might not be the most appealing interior decorating idea).

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    Promising review: "I hate flies. All flies. I want them dead and gone. However, I live in Georgia and I open a door, even for a second, we get flies. These things are great and easy enough to hide behind blinds or curtains so company doesn’t see fly carcasses stuck to your window." —Dabirrs

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. This UV light trap because it works by attracting gnats, mosquitoes and fruit flies to its pretty glow then sucking them in with a gentle internal fan before leaving them stuck on a glue board. Plus, to unsuspecting house guests, it just looks like a cute decorative lamp!

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    BTW, this doesn't kill any bugs — it just traps 'em! Place it near the garbage bin, plants, or fruit for best results.

    Promising review: "This thing works. I have the unfortunate problem of living in an area where there are a lot of mosquitoes. I bought this because there is a cloud of mosquitoes outside my door every morning and some of them seem to make their way inside my apartment whenever I open the door. So I really bought this trap out of desperation. I had tried pretty much every (unsuccessful) way to get rid of mosquitoes that I could find online, but eventually decided to try this trap. The mosquitoes fly toward the UV light and get sucked into the trap from the fan. Once they're in, they get stuck on the sticky trap part. I love it and am so glad I bought this!" —Snow

    Get it from Amazon for $39.79.

    6. Or this apple-shaped fruit fly catcher that'll blend in with the other produce on your countertop and lure bugs inside with the insecticide-free food in its core. Now you can say, "how d'ya like them apples?" and actually mean it.

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    Promising review: "These little apple traps are ADORABLE! The bait attracts and traps fruit flies just as well, if not better, than the apple cider vinegar solution I had been using before! But more importantly, unlike my homemade traps, these are not an eyesore! I no longer am broadcasting to all my guests that I have a fruit fly infestation and I couldn't be happier!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $22.99.

    7. A bedbug blocker to trap those unsightly pests when they try to crawl up the bed post and furniture legs. The disc is designed to make it easy for the bugs to climb in, but nearly impossible for them to climb back out because of the slippery surface.

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    While this product doesn't solve your bedbug problem, it does help you realize you have one. It'll protect you from bugs that aren't already on the bed by making sure they don't get there. And once you actually follow through with an effective infestation treatment, the disc can help you gauge how effective the treatment is by seeing if any more bugs crawl into the cup afterward. Check out this guide to learn more about bedbug interceptors.

    Promising review: "I don’t usually write reviews, but I feel compelled to sing the praises of this product. The Bed Bug Interceptors were so easy to use and I love that there are no chemicals involved! The setup was simple and then nothing more needed to be done. The surprising thing, after trying other products, was that these actually worked! I am finally able to sleep again, thanks to this product. My friends also got some for bedbug prevention, due to their respective travel and work conditions. I’m happy to say, they all report feeling just as pleased as I am. In fact, we all joke that we wished they made products for the other issues in our lives, since this one was handled with ease." —Jessie

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in two colors).

    8. This BugZooka bug vacuum you'll be glad you bought when your critter situation truly sucks. Just hold it up to the bug, press the button, and watch as the device gently pulls beetles, spiders, roaches, and more into the tube.

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    Promising review: "If you're seriously grossed out and terrified by bugs, here at last is the secret weapon you NEED. You cock it, hold the business end near the bug, and push the red button. Voila, the bug is sucked into a plastic chamber in a microsecond, out of your life for all practical purposes. The bug isn't even injured, just confined, so if you're feeling tenderhearted, you can take it outdoors and release it. The bug cannot escape, even if you use the BugZooka again immediately. The second bug and subsequent bugs just join the first one, safe and secure. The BugZooka is about two feet long, so you don't even have to get close to your insect victim.

    I discovered this device the same year I saw my first stinkbug (in my house, egad). Not only are stinkbugs the nastiest, creepiest creatures ever, but they also supposedly give off a horrid smell if you smush them. What to do? Happily, the BugZooka doesn't smush them or activate their stink. I can say honestly that my quality of life has improved since I've had a BugZooka because I no longer feel distress (or panic!) when I see a wasp or stinkbug. It even works on flies if you're fast on the trigger. What a great product!" —Calli

    Get it from Amazon for $22.28.

    9. A one-handed catcher that'll help you safely stop scorpions and big bugs that give you the heebie jeebies without running the risk of coming into contact with vicious stingers or fangs.

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    Promising review: "Y'ALL. THIS IS THE BEST INVENTION EVER!!!!! This isn't a toy! This is a tool. A WEAPON. They need to rebrand it — make it black and red and give it a new and worthy name. Every parent should give their kid this when they head off to college. There should be one in every room of every house. It should come with a carrying case or holster.

    Why am I so excited about the BugView??? Gone are the days of trying to trap a scorpion underneath a glass and attempting to move it with a piece of paper! Since I received this a few weeks ago, I've caught five scorpions, spiders, beetles, and a roach-ish thing. I've ordered another BugView as well.

    Slap a sticker over the magnifying glass. A scorpion at five times its normal size? HAHA, no thanks! Now, catch insects and release them hundreds of feet away from where you sleep at night! Rescue flipped beetles without touching them! The world is your oyster! YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE." —J

    Get it from Amazon for $8.29+ (also available in a pack of six).

    10. These liquid ant traps because the sealed-in liquid bait will lure those pesky ants and once they take the bait back to the colony living inside your basement, well, let's just say they won't be bothering you anymore.

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    Promising review: "Over the spring, I had a massive ant problem in my kitchen. They only seemed to be going for water! I couldn’t keep them out of my electric kettle! I started putting these traps in their path to the kettle and they SWARMED it! It was crazy to see how many ants were there. But that’s exactly what they are supposed to do! They all come and bring it back to the queen and then it kills the colony. After two weeks, I had about an 80% decrease in the amount of ants I was seeing in my kitchen. Now I still keep them out on the counter but I hardly see any ants at all! This product works really well! It doesn’t have a noticeable smell and all the liquid stays contained in the trap so there is really no clean up!" —Brenna Engstrand

    Get two packs of six from Amazon for $14.99 (also available as one pack of six, though, that won't be in stock until May 13).

    11. A glue trap to capture the big critters you're too scared to catch with a glass and piece of paper (and for good reason *shudder*).

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    Promising review: "As soon as the weather changed, our situation went from typical end of summer cricket serenade outside to hoards of them in our basement, hopping around the hallways and out from under beds, and just casually standing around with the other guests at our Halloween party. I couldn’t go into the basement to do laundry anymore — they would all start bouncing toward and up against me like a cricket riot. Within 24 hours of putting these traps down, all four were filled to the brim with little cricket corpses, only two hoppers remained. In 48 hours, there isn’t one live cricket down there. I’ve got more traps on their way so we can stay ahead of them but I can finally go downstairs again without my waders." —E. Ingraldi

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $6.48.

    12. These fly trap ribbons you can hang in the dankest depths of your basement or a high corner of your kitchen to prevent pesky mosquitoes from continuously buzzing in your ear.

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    While these are meant for house flies, reviewers have found success with trapping fruit flies, mosquitoes, and gnats, too.

    Promising review: "I love these. I used to buy them at my local hardware store but they stopped carrying them. I was thrilled to find them on here. We get mosquitoes really bad where we live and I get a bad reaction to the bites. These really help to stop a lot of them before they get to me. Just make sure to change them every so often. Looking at dead insects after a while is not fun. They are really sticky too so make sure they don’t rub against a wall or furniture." —Samantha Marie Vivanco

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $13.50.

    13. Or a fly stick that makes getting rid of your insect problem as easy as pouring some honey or syrup on the stick, letting it hang, and watching in amazement as the flies stick to the surface.

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    BTW, this works indoors or outdoors, so you can hang it by your garage or by your front porch to catch those suckers before they have the chance to enter your home.

    Promising review: "I tried a hanging a different type of trap with an attractant first, but the vomit-like stench was unbearable. Then I tried chasing the flies around with a bottle of Lysol, spraying indiscriminately (ineffective, and not recommended). That's when I became desperate, and ordered these sticks. Within 24 hours, 90% of the flies in the room had been captured. I baited the trap with syrup, as suggested in the directions, and hung it above my sink, where I know the flies gather. I couldn't be happier with the product." —Lazarus

    Get it from Amazon for $9.08 (also available as a pack of six, though, it won't be in stock until May 9).

    14. This glue trap for stopping small snakes from turning your home into their personal playground.

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    According to reviewers, the traps seem to be better suited for indoor use away from the elements.

    Promising review: "I bought several of these last year and placed four outside and two inside. The ones outside got wet and closed up and didn't really catch anything. However, the one that we placed behind the water softener in our basement caught 14 snakes on one pad. Yes, 14 — mostly babies but it was over several months. I totally forgot that I had it there when we had someone coming to work on our radon system. Since then, I just purchased more traps for this year. Snakes are fine outside, but not inside my house and near our basement guest room." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    15. A moth trap primed with pheromones (not insecticides) for protecting dry goods like flour and almonds from food moths because no, they may not turn your box of raisins into their new home.

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    FYI, these traps are organic and cannot be used for combatting gypsy moths or clothing moths. However, they can be used for meal moths.

    Promising review: "I'm disgusted and satisfied at the same time. I hate to see all the moths, but happy these traps work! When I moved into my apartment, it was infested with pantry moths. I cleaned before I unpacked, and had the exterminator come out, but they kept showing up. Finally I gave in, and purchased these traps. I probably see one, if any, a day, when I used to kill about 10 every night with raid. I hope after a couple of months, my moth problem will come to an end, thanks to these traps." —Amber Brandon

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $15.97 (also available as a pack of 20).

    16. And this can of easy-to-use gap sealer so you can fill in any cracks and gaps around your home that those creepy crawlies may use to sneak in.

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    The sealant expands to cover gaps that are up to one inch wide.

    Promising review: "This is very useful for closing up small holes. We had lots of water bugs and they basically stopped after we used the foam." —A

    Get it from Amazon for $6.26+ (available in two colors).

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