Stink Bug Trap, Glenrock Branch, Napier Mine and Metal Ford

4/18/14 Friday in Hohenwald,TN (Natchez Trace-TT)

Just explored the world on our computers (with TV on in the background) this morning. Spoiled with Internet available in our RV here (with Wilson booster helping). A great tip I came across regards a trap for stink bugs. We picked up a number of them in October last year (Skyline Parkway) and are still finding them in the rig. Here is a trap for them, based on their attraction to light.

TRAP: 2 liter pop bottle (straight sided Pepsi), very well cleaned

razor blade

electrical tape (cover bottom of bottle from bottom of label to underneath)

masking tape (4 ladders)

LED light (battery operated) (Sylvania dotted silver LED) Home Depot

marker pen to push light on through funnel


Use between midnight and dawn (so they are attracted to YOUR light)

(Thanks Marie for sharing this on the Thousand Trails/Outdoor World Facebook site)


Cut top off bottle top at top of label with razor blade (smooth cut), you will turn this funnel upside down to fit inside bottle (later). Take label off – can score with razor blade. Place electrical tape (wide) around outside starting at bottom of label area. This is so none of your light escapes there, thus letting the bugs enjoy the show without going inside to see it. Place your LED light inside at the bottom, with button to turn on at top. Place masking tape on 4 “sides” that go over the top edge a bit – to help the critters get up the plastic. They’ll fall in and won’t be able to get out. In the morning you can tie a plastic bag tightly over the bottle to suffocate them, then toss them down a toilet.

Demo on YouTube by the inventor. Call 412-821-1000 to have him send you one ($25 including postage).

We got out of Dodge again, on to the Trace near our campground.

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John is contemplating if he should jump to the other side (he was curious about a cemetery we saw at the top).  Not really.

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The Napier Mine was an open mine. If you walk between the fenced viewing area and shelter you’ll find a little path in the red dirt. It’s worth taking.

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After our wonderful breath of nature we forgot to take our campground walk. Oh well, you can’t be perfect. I got busy making our macaroni salad for the potluck dinner tomorrow. Marie came over to coordinate our plans. She found out that management is supplying all our serve ware as well as the ham.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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