Survey of Effectiveness in Catching Pest Insects in Southeast Texas Using Various Homemade Traps
The presence of pests in Southeast Texas is not uncommon given the primarily
marsh biome it encompasses. A result of this is the nuisance that is having many insects
present near human habitations. A good portion of these insects tends to become pests
and interrupt everyday life and potentially cause disease. This study has the intent of
searching for a reliable trap to exterminate these pests in the convenience of a residential
space and its materials. Three different types of traps were used in this experiment: a
bowl filled with vinegar, plastic wrap, and side-door bottle trap. Each trap was studied for
three trials, with a total of nine traps set across three locations in Southeast Texas. Traps
were set for 24 hours each trial in a period from November 26 to November 29, 2021.
There was a total of 111 insects caught, all in the order Diptera. Among this order, there
were three families present: 109 in Drosophilidae, one in Calliphoridae, and one in
Culicidae. Insects higher in quantity and diversity found a significantly stronger attraction
to and mortality rate with the vinegar bowl trap most likely due to its ability to drown the
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