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Offline bholmsten

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Garage Cabinets and bug proofing?
« on: August 23, 2018, 05:59 PM »
Where I live we have a bad problem with Stink bugs. They get into about everything.  I want to build some plywood cabinets but want to keep insects from getting in. I want to keep Motorcycle gear helmets jackets etc. and don't want bugs in them when I go to use them.
I was thinking of some type of 100% overlay doors with some type of weather stripping and maybe some type of latch that would compress the weather stripping to make a tight fit.
Any ideas? would Inset design be better? What type of hinges? What type of Latches? What type of weather stripping?

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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Garage Cabinets and bug proofing?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2018, 12:27 PM »
Another option is to build the cabinets to fit bins inside, then keep everything in bins. Just a thought.

Could also build the cabinets up off the floor if the stink bugs are not excellent climbers.

Wouldn't be hard to stick some weather strip adhesive onto the doors and see if it keeps them out.

Stink bugs that I have seen are usually pretty big, and should easily be kept out of a regular cabinet door. Although there are many types of bugs...yours may be far smaller.

Offline Dogberryjr

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Re: Garage Cabinets and bug proofing?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2018, 12:39 PM »
More likely the OP is referring to the  brown marmorated stink bug, which is both an excellent climber and flyer. I was considering building cabinets for my grill and using these for latches: . I don't think you'd even need a seal as long as your doors are fairly true.

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Garage Cabinets and bug proofing?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2018, 10:43 AM »
I think full length slab ply doors with euro hinges should be able to keep the pest out.

Offline Bill Chang

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Re: Garage Cabinets and bug proofing?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2018, 11:03 AM »
I spray the garage w broad spectrum insecticide and IGR w long residual and never have problems.  Where I am in the Hill Country we have all kinds of critters including scorpions. 

Been doing this twice a year for over a decade never have problems even w open cabinets.

Offline TeddyVan

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Re: Garage Cabinets and bug proofing?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2023, 06:09 PM »
Oh, those pesky stink bugs can be a real headache, can't they? I totally understand your frustration with wanting to keep them out of your motorcycle gear. Building plywood cabinets is a smart move to protect your helmets, jackets, and other gear from those unwanted visitors.

Offline TimWestley

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Re: Garage Cabinets and bug proofing?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2023, 06:14 PM »
Sorry for bumping into an old conversation. Your idea of using 100% overlay doors with weather stripping sounds like a great solution to prevent insects from getting into your plywood cabinets. When it comes to hinges, I’d recommend using concealed or European-style hinges. As for latches, you could consider magnetic catches or compression latches that can securely hold the doors closed. But additionally, you can also reach out to the specialists at They have the expertise and tools to effectively and quickly solve your insect problem and help prevent its reappearance. They can provide tailored solutions and expert advice to ensure a bug-free environment.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2023, 07:18 PM by TimWestley »

Offline Packard

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Re: Garage Cabinets and bug proofing?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2023, 07:02 PM »
Ted, Tim, welcome to the site.

When I moved to my current home in 1999, I purchased about 10 aerosol cans of insect foggers.  I set off one in each room (with the closet doors open) and two in the basement and garage.

I left for the week and moved in.  Was vacuuming dead insects for a week or so. 

Didn’t last, though. They keep coming.

The worst was a bat managed to get in the basement.  I didn’t know what to do.  The bat didn’t know what to do.

Luckily the bat and I agreed on the desired outcome.

 Opened the back door, and the bat radar detected it immediately.  He was out the door in about 10 seconds.

I said, “Whew!”

I’m pretty sure I heard the bat say, “Whew!” Also [big grin].