Pest Control Survival Kit {plus DIY Bug Catcher Tutorial}

This pest control survival kit post, featuring a DIY bug catcher tutorial, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All stories, opinions, and photos are my own.

Protect him from pests during outside playtime! #shop #CollectiveBias

Just because Fall has hit all over the world, does not mean that cooler weather has hit Texas. In fact, we are still seeing 90 degree temperatures in the afternoon and this morning, it was already 77 degrees at 7:30am. We don’t get the cold weather that hits the North and even when we do get cold weather, it is only for a day or two and then we’re back to warm temperatures again. All of this warm weather brings along something that I’m sure every Texan is aware of – pests. I’m talking about mosquitoes, wasps, ants, fleas…all of them!

I can remember very clearly the very first time Benjamin got a mosquito bite. He was about 10 months old and it was the scariest thing we had ever seen on our baby since he was born. The bite happened to be on his forehead and we didn’t even know he had been bitten until his whole forehead swelled up suddenly. He looked like a Klingon! I was freaked out and I don’t get freaked out very easily when it comes to injuries. I’m usually very calm and think rationally, but my baby’s face was swelling and he looked like he was in pain. The side story to this was that he had fallen off the bed the previous day and even though it had been 24 hours with no signs of any distress from the fall, Howard and I thought he was having some type of swelling from the fall. We rushed him to the ER and worried our heads off about what could be going wrong and then the doctor told us…it was just a mosquito bite and apparently our baby is allergic to mosquitoes.

I should have known that my boy was allergic just like me and now that I know I want to protect him at all costs. Luckily, the costs are not too bad.

The boy was scared to come outside because of all the pests #shop #CollectiveBias

Benjamin loves our dogs and loves our big backyard. He wants to play with the dogs all the time, but they carry around their own little pests – fleas. I learned at the beginning of Summer that he couldn’t step foot in the backyard until we did something about the mosquitoes. I had bought him a kiddie pool to play in during Summer and after 20 minutes of filling the pool, he already had 10 bites on his arms and legs! I had no idea that our backyard was a mosquito playground so we successfully avoided the yard until we could figure something out. In the meantime, we’ve been infested with even more fleas so much that he can’t even go in his bedroom without getting bit. He’s been sleeping in our room for months! Now that the weather is even nicer outside, but still warm enough for the bugs, we decided it was time to do something about our little pest problems.

Pest Control Survival Kit #shop #CollectiveBias

I headed to Target this week and picked up a Pest Control Survival Kit. I had decided it was time to squash this problem and give my boy a childhood again. He needs to be outside and playing with his dogs. He needs to be able to not worry about getting bit and swelling everytime he steps foot outside. And, most importantly, he needs to get out of our bed and back into his room!

Pest Control aisle at Target #shop #CollectiveBias

So, I picked up an OFF! Clip-on Mosquito Repellant, a can of Raid for fleas and a can of Raid for wasps (our other little problem that is mainly in the front yard, but still a problem). Benjamin was scared to come out the back door with me (even though he was armed with his Halloween costume that arrived on the day I wanted him to play) and our little pug, Abby, was a little tentative as well. Of course, our boxer, Molly, was running rampant in the yard, catching every flea she could, I’m sure. I finally coaxed them out into the yard with promises of the mosquito repellant working and eventually they made it out the door and into the yard. We had so much fun running and chasing the dogs around that Benjamin asked if we could do it again the next day!

Off Clip-on mosquito repellant #shop #CollectiveBias

That night, we took the OFF! mosquito repellant fan to the soccer game and clipped it on Howard’s chair and we were the only family watching who wasn’t swatting and scratching throughout the game. I think we’ve found our pest control survival kit.

Now, the upside of “pests” all year round is that there are some bugs that are fun to look at and play with. My boy is a little timid when it comes to bugs so I wanted to encourage him to be a little more “boy-ish” and I made him a bug catcher. Here’s how you can make one, too.

Supplies for a DIY Bug Catcher #shop #CollectiveBias

DIY Bug Catcher Tutorial

I used a plastic water bottle, some designer Duck Tape, an X-Acto knife, and some crafting mesh. Usually, people will use some type of metal mesh, but I liked the green of this mesh and I don’t have to worry about Benjamin poking his finger with the metal.

making a DIY bug catcher #shop #CollectiveBias

I simply cut a hole in the side of the water bottle and cut a piece of the mesh to fit the hole.

making a DIY Bug Catcher #shop #CollectiveBias

I then cut a square of the Duck Tape larger than the mesh and then cut out the middle in a square. You could also just buy a roll of Duck Tape in whatever color you like and it might be a little easier. I didn’t see any cool colors like camoflauge when I was at the store so I picked up a page of it. Anyway…

DIY Bug Catcher #shop #CollectiveBias

Tape the mesh over the hole in the bottle and voila! There’s your bug catcher. Just fill it with a little grass or leaves and dirt for the bug and then…go on a bug search! I actually saw a really cool grasshopper outside the store when I was there to pick up the stuff for this project, but I didn’t want to be the crazy lady picking up bugs outside of Target. I think I’ll get Benjamin to help me find a good one in our yard this weekend…now that it’s PEST FREE!

What would you put in your Pest Control Survival Kit?


  1. Kaye says:

    You know it’s a great prep practice to stock up on pest controls. You’ll never know when you’ll need it and it would be best to take preventive action before those pests start to get too comfortable at your own home.

  2. Kaye says:

    This can be a good firefly catcher as well! I love this, i’ll try to make this and catch some fireflies. The kids will surely love this diy bug catcher. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Those clip ons look like the solution to those nights on the fields! I like the idea of the bug catcher, too. Would be good for my son – he’s used to seeing me freak out over every little bug that he’s become scared. This is probably a good project for us!

  4. Clip on mosquito repellant! I seriously have never heard of that but what an awesome idea. We were just at an outdoor party a couple of weeks ago where we got bit like mad. I need this.

  5. What a perfect way to enjoy nature and bugs without dealing with the pain caused by those bugs biting!

  6. Debra says:

    We used to live in Texas, we always said we had two seasons. Summer and Summer Lite.

  7. Very cute! My son would love to make this bug catcher. He is quite into collecting them right now… yuck. Oh, my childhood was full of memories of being eaten alive by fleas. I can’t stand them, but they seem to find me quite tasty. I can only imagine how scary a big goose-egg of a bite on a little baby would be. I would have freaked, too!

  8. I’ll have to remember that for t-ball practice! We’re out there twice a week!

  9. katrina g says:

    looks like a great bug catcher and i need to check out that clip on raid

  10. I love using the clip ons. They’re great for that extra protection.

  11. Danielle Stewart says:

    Another creative mom….super cool! What a great way to protect the kiddos!

  12. Alison says:

    We have definitely needed some pest control at our house this summer and even still going into fall! It’s been a crazy year for the bugs and all these products are amazing. Loving the DIY Bug Catcher too!

  13. I love this bug catcher. I think kids would like to look at the bugs they caught and see what they look like.

  14. Paula Parker says:

    I love the do it yourself bug catcher. Way to make rather than buy. Great job.

  15. That is a pretty cool bug catcher. My nephew would love to make one of those.

  16. Robin (Massrhole Mommy) says:

    My boys LOVE bugs, so I am sure they would love their own bug catchers.

  17. Amy says:

    I would like for someone to go catch every bug on my property, please and thank you.

  18. We call the mosquitoes here in Galveston demons from hell because that’s exactly what they are. Some of them are the size of small birds. It’s crazy. Bubby’s reactions to these bites are a lot like you described above and I hate it. I’ve never tried these clip ons before, but I’ve seen them in the store. I’m going to pick one up today. Thanks!

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