Does It Really Do That? Strube Stink Bug Trap

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With warmer days finally here, it’s time for gardening, spending more time outside and stink bugs. Sad, but true, this is prime time for the irritating little pests.

Now though, there may be a safe, new way to get rid of them.

The story behind the trap is really something. A local man, Andy Strube had a major stink bug problem in his house in the woods. Then, when one fell into a plate of food, enough was enough.

Andy put his problem solving skills to work; and the Strube Stink Bug Trap was born. It promises to be the last stop a stink bug makes. But does it really do that?

The Strube Stink Bug Trap is marketed as using “a killer combination of light, scent, and gooey glue to ensure no one escapes.” The non-toxic, indoor trap claims to be “a trifecta of stink bug stopping power.”

It’s hanging in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette garden columnist Doug Oster’s sun porch.

“Basically, there’s a bright light in here – a bright florescent light – and then above the light there is a cartridge, a replaceable cartridge that has… it has a cocktail of peppers and squash put together. These bugs love peppers and squash, and so when the light is on, it heats up and releases an odor – I can’t smell anything – but the bugs are drawn to it,” said Oster. “They’re drawn to the light and their drawn to that pepper – that pepper and squash smell.”

So, the stink bugs fly toward the trap – thinking they’re going to get food – but instead, they get stuck.

“It’s really disgusting and actually the part that I feel bad about, and this may sound funny, but the part I feel bad about is the bug gets stuck on here and it takes a couple of days for it to die,” said Oster.” I don’t know, that’s kind of creepy.”

However, Oster points out that it’s even creepier to think of the effects of a major infestation, which is exactly what the inventor was dealing with.

Oster did find that there are some tricks to using the trap.

“You have to set it in one place and leave it on all the time, and it’s a bright light, so it’s not [going to] be a place where you’re [going to] sleep. You’re [going to] have to go to another room, and you just leave it there for days. You can’t keep moving it around,” said Oster. “Also, the temperature in the room matters, the warmer the temp in the room, the more active the bugs are [going to] be. They’re cold-blooded.”

When you think about what room you’re going to hang the trap in, aesthetics come into play. It’s totally environmentally-safe, but not the prettiest thing to look at. Also, Oster did have a bit of a tricky time getting it set up.

“It’s definitely ugly. I mean you would not want this hanging in your dining room, and it’s messy to use,” said Oster. “When I opened it up out of the box, some of the cardboard got stuck on here. If you do move it, the cord will come down here and get stuck on it. If you touch it, you will get stuck to it.

“Functionally, I think it’s amazing; looks-wise though – but what are you [going to] do with it… It’s always [going to] have these disgusting stink bugs all over it,” he added.

The Strube Stink Bug Trap sells in some local hardware stores and online for $50, and claims to be well-worth the investment for people crazy with stink bugs.

Does it really do that?

“Definitely, it’s filled with bugs,” said Oster. “I don’t have a bad infestation. I was surprised at how many I caught.”

Oster said he only ever saw maybe one or two a week flying around.

The glue is non-toxic; so if you get any on you, it washes right off.

Since Oster got his trap, the inventor has made improvements, including a covering that protects the glue during shipping, then peels off.

Strube Stink Bug Trap
Doug Oster’s Website

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One Comment

  1. Zack says:

    honestly, thats brilliant. there are so many people that complain about those darn bugs and some that try to create solutions, but this looks like it might actually work. ; )

    ~ Zack

  2. Denise Beasley says:

    I want one of these Strube stinkbug traps – and I don’t care how it looks! I’ve only seen a few of them these past few weeks, (although I had to vacuum one off my kitchen ceiling today–yuck!) but I know they’re coming. My main question for the Strube is, what do you do when its loaded with stinkbugs??! is there a replacement “shade” available, or do I have to purchase a whole new device? Because there is no way I’m picking those disgusting creatures off the shade!!

  3. pittgirl says:

    Great idea! I don’t care what it looks like either as long as it works!!

  4. Bobbijo Eckman says:

    where do I buy these traps? Are there replacement coverings, or do I have to buy an entirely new trap when the first one gets full?

  5. Pitt Resident says:

    Good job. But why not redesign it to be more like an ant trap so the bugs can’t be seen once they’re trapped (IINSIDE)?

  6. pitt15215 says:

    went to the website and it looks like it really would work, but the cost is $50 a piece. i think that’s a little steep, but may be worth it to those who have a major issue with the bugs. if the price comes down, i’d definitely buy one.

  7. Sharon says:

    Good idea. However, I am a bit concerned that this trap might attract bugs from the outside to the inside of my house. I also am not willing to pay $50 to look at those ugly critters.

    1. TC Conner says:

      Ms. Sharon, I’m with you on this one. Oster said he didn’t have any signs of a major infestation. So, I’m wondering why you’d put a trap of any kind up if it’s not needed.

  8. TC Conner says:

    I have a hard time understanding why anyone would use such a trap if they have no signs of a major infestation. And another thing, quite important too: traps such as this can also lure good stink bugs away from the garden. It’s the Brown Marmorated stink but that needs to be controlled, nothing is mentioned about the harmful effects of this and other traps on beneficial bugs.

    1. Jesse says:

      He had a big problem originally if you read the article, he then created the trap and now he is saying he doesn’t have a major problem and only sees a few a week.

  9. JimmyKarr says:

    Buy the trap, get Budget Pest Control to spray inside and outside, and call Mr. Handyman of Pittsburgh to caulk and screen exterior entrances. This should do the trick, but it will come at a price.

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