How do you feel about bugs?
Generally, people are either repulsed by them or fascinated. Some kids want to catch them to see how they tick, while others want to squish them between their fingers.
When it comes down to it, most of us are kind of afraid of all those little critters crawling around outside our homes at night. And the thing is in many places in the United States, there can be hundreds of thousands, even millions, of different types of bugs swarming around outside your house, which means that if you leave your doors and windows open, there could potentially be millions of these things coming into your house each year!
You may already know that some light bulbs attract more insects than others. For example, some people say that you can actually use this to your advantage if you’re trying to catch bugs for some reason because you can put a light bulb on the outside of a bucket and turn it on and watch all the bugs fly toward it and get caught. But what about inside our houses? Could we be attracting insects we don’t want around, like those big old moths?
Well, if we think about it, we can see why certain light bulbs might attract more insects than others. For example, Incandescent (regular) light bulbs give off heat as well as light.
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs do not produce any type of heat, but they do produce ultraviolet (UV) light, which some insects are attracted to.
And Halogen light bulbs also give off heat as well as light, and they also produce ultraviolet (UV) light, which some insects are going to be attracted to!
Do LED lights attract bugs?
But what about LED lights? Do LED lights attract bugs too? We decided to find out for ourselves, so we conducted a little test. We collected just under 100 beetles of different types and put them all in a clear container with air holes poked into it. Then we turned on each kind of bulb one at a time. And then, we counted how many bugs were drawn toward the light emitted from each type of bulb.
We found that Incandescent Light Bulbs caught the most bugs, followed by CFL bulbs and LED bulbs.
And we also found that the more heat a light bulb gave off, the more bugs were drawn to it!
But what does this all mean? It means that if you leave your lights on for longer periods at night (particularly Indoor Incandescent or Halogen lights), you could potentially be drawing tons of bugs into your house. If you can help it, try not to use regular indoor lights at night and only turn them on when absolutely necessary. And remember: whenever you do have to use one or both of these types of light bulbs at night, make sure to shut the door leading out into your porch/yard as quickly as possible, so those insects don’t get in through any other means!
And finally, if you do want to get rid of all these bugs flying around your house at night and you don’t mind spending a little extra money on your energy bill, we recommend that you go ahead and switch over to CFL or LED bulbs wherever possible. Even though there were more bugs attracted to the Incandescent Light Bulbs than either of these types of light bulbs, the actual difference was not very huge (especially when compared to other things like air conditioning units). So switching may be worth it for many people!
How To Get Rid Of Bugs Using Light?
Many kinds of bugs like cockroaches and mosquitoes may make your life miserable by their presence. However, you can use certain kinds of light to kill them, especially since now we know that led lights attract bugs. Here we will teach you how to do that.
- Find a sufficient tube light (LED) length with multiple endpoints and emit different colors like blue and ultraviolet.
- Remove the casing if it exists and take out the filament inside (if LED).
- Now, put each one in a separate container, fill each container with water till its brim, and add few drops of dish soap.
- Turn on all these lights at night when bugs come out after it gets dark or before going to sleep, so they get attracted to it.
- When they come on the water surface, they will get killed due to electric shock.
- You can also use sticky tape for this purpose which you can easily find at your home.
- If necessary, make sure to change the water every three weeks, so none of those bugs escape alive while changing it.
- You can choose either blue or ultraviolet light according to your desire and requirement because different types of bugs are available in both kinds!
Note: These lights may not work effectively in some cases, but it’s worth a try!
How to get rid of bugs?
The following are some of the most common bug infestations. The sooner you take care of a problem, the fewer problems you will have to deal with.
Cockroaches are often found in homes near sources of food or water, e.g., kitchens or bathrooms. Food spills are an open invitation for cockroaches because their favorite meals include grease, starch, and sugar. They can collect around leaky pipes under sinks and dishwashers where humidity is high enough for their survival. Cockroach droppings (also called “frass”) resemble coffee grounds – these smudge marks may appear wherever they travel along walls or floors.
The best way to control cockroaches is to thoroughly clean your home, remove all possible food sources, and use an insecticide.
There are several kinds of silverfish in the U.S. These include domestic and foreign species. The most common types are Lepisma saccharina (the common silverfish) and Ctenolepisma longicaudata (the fishmoth). Silverfish prefer warm areas, especially around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They can be found anywhere in homes but are often seen near windows where moisture is high, along baseboards where humidity is high, or dark, damp places like basements or closets with poor ventilation.
The best way to control silverfish is to thoroughly clean your home, remove all possible food sources, repair any plumbing leaks that may create excess humidity, and use an insecticide.
Wasp nests are often constructed in sheltered areas near or within structures. Many wasp species are beneficial insects that prey on other insects, but their ability to sting makes them unwelcome visitors around homes. Wasp infestations can be differentiated from bees because wasps have smooth or “featherlike” bodies with no visible hair, while bees have hairy or “beaded” bodies.
The best way to control wasps is to call a professional exterminator since pesticides inside buildings can be hazardous due to the unique structural challenges of each home.
Carpenter ants are highly destructive wood-destroying insects that live in moist wood, where they feed on the starch content present in the wood cells. The worker ants are about 1/2-inch long, which makes them one of the largest ant species. They swarm into homes by following moisture trails that may be caused by plumbing leaks, condensation, or overflowing ground-level gutters.
The best way to control carpenter ants is to call a professional exterminator because it is not advisable for homeowners to use pesticides without proper training and equipment.
Cockroach eggs look like small grains of white rice or small flakes of cornmeal. They’re often left behind when females move out before laying their eggs. Because they’re so difficult to see, controlling cockroaches can be challenging. The best way to find these places is with an ultraviolet light source, which attracts cockroaches and can pinpoint infestations.
Bedbugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on the blood of people. They are nocturnal insects (most active at night) and usually go unnoticed for the first few weeks of an infestation since they avoid light and prefer secluded areas like mattress seams or behind headboards. Bedbug bites resemble mosquito bites – each bite is a slightly raised, swollen red dot surrounded by tiny red dots (the itching around these bite marks makes them appear in a neat row along skin creases). Eventually, the bugs may grow to 1/4-inch in length before molting into adulthood.
The best way to control bedbugs is with professional extermination services because homeowners shouldn’t use pesticides.
Carpet beetles are small insects that feed on fabrics, carpets, insulation, and animal products. Carpet beetle larvae are worm-like with bristles covering their bodies, which they use to help them move through fabric layers and feeding tunnels. Because carpet beetles can fly and travel fast, treating stored items like woolens or other clothing items inside the house is often ineffective because new bugs keep infesting these areas as long as untreated items remain in storage. The best way to control carpet beetles is by thoroughly cleaning your home and by using an insecticide.