Making a bug receiver can be a nice and easy way to collect interesting small insects (but not dangerous ones, such as wasps, bees, etc.) and can be very educational for children. Receivers of errors that are made with simple household items can take between 20 and 30 minutes and can be reused again and again. We recommend that you do not damage or kill any of the insects that you collect. When you are ready to inspect and look at them, release them back into nature, as close as possible to the area where you found them.
It is also a good way to teach your children to respect the kingdom of animals and insects by learning more about the insects they trap and then letting them return to nature.
In addition to that, you can also catch insects in case you find yourself in a survival situation and have probably been bitten by ticks. You can catch them without letting them escape. You can also catch other similar small insects to inspect them and even deliver them to a laboratory to detect various diseases.
Make your own insect collector using a glass jar
Here is a very simple and easy to follow tutorial to make a bug receiver with a glass jar. Prepare the glass jar and choose one that is spacious enough but not too deep (puck one that is shallow). Prepare the metal lid, fitting the jar, two straws with bent part, hammer and thick nail.
Take the lid and, using the thick nail and the hammer, make two holes side by side through the lid. Be careful not to injure yourself. Use the hammer to flatten the lid on the inside right where the holes are (since the metal parts will stick after drilling the holes). Take the two straws and cut them to 2/3 along the length. Keep the bent half intact, as you will need it for the error receiver.
Pass the straws through the two holes in the cover, securing them along the middle. Use masking tape to secure them firmly in place. Do not be careful with this. The idea is to keep them in place without letting air through the holes. Also stick some soft tissue or cloth around the end of the straw, which will be inside the jar.
You are basically ready. Screw the lid and find an interesting error (say a small spider or an ant). Then, you must approach the straw of the receiver of errors and aspirate through the other (to create a vacuum and suck the error). Unscrew the lid and then release the error, when you have finished inspecting it.
For more details and a visual guide, you can watch the YouTube video for the Eden project.
Instructions to make a survival insect hunter.
This method should apply if you possibly hike, camping or surviving after a natural disaster. Insects and insects can be incredibly annoying and can even transmit diseases, so you will have to find a way to attract them in some way and get rid of them. This is especially true for mosquitoes, flies and even wasps.
Then, to begin, prepare a plastic bottle, preferably at least 1.5-2 liters. Take the scissors and cut the rounded upper part of the bottle, just where the curvature of the top begins and attaches to the neck of the bottle. Then, cut this piece, place it inside the remaining bottle, but turn it around, so that the neck of the bottle points down. Take some adhesive tape and seal the bottle where the two edges of the two pieces meet. If you do not do that, some insects can escape.
Now comes the part that will catch the insects. You need to put some insect bait in a little water. For example, mosquitoes may like the smell of brown sugar, while houseflies prefer the smell of rotten fruit or sugar cane. It depends on the mistakes you need to attract and trap.
For this job, you must make sure that the bait is completely covered (mixed / diluted) in the water that you place on the bottom. Insects should not have a harder surface on which to stand and potentially escape.
To finish this bug collector, you can drill holes on both sides of the bottle, lift it on the porch or somewhere inside your house and let it hang there. Inspect the bait regularly and refill the bottle when it has evaporated. Depending on how much you put initially, you may have to refill it every several days for up to two weeks.
For example, if you are particularly interested in catching mosquitoes, you can also add yeast to brown sugar. Yeast tends to produce carbon dioxide, and is known to attract mosquitoes. If you want to improve this project, you can also use black masking tape, since mosquitoes are also attracted to dark colors, especially black.
Catch wasps and hornets
If you need to catch wasps and other biting insects, you can use a slightly different solution in the error receiver. Prepare cooking oil, sugary drink / water or any similar soft drink (sugar). Do not use artificial sweeteners since they have no effect (no sugar content) on the wasps. Mix these ingredients and you will see that it specifically attracts wasps and hornets. Place the insect collector at a safe distance from the entrance to your home or anywhere near where people / visitors / guests can spend time on your porch, terrace, etc.
As wasps and hornets are apparently smarter and heavier, they can quickly fall into the water solution and drown. But if you do not want to take a risk, you can make your insecticide have a less broad neck. You can stick a little cloth and make it wide enough so that the wasps and wasps can enter, but they will not be able to leave so quickly, so they eventually die.
Another nasty insect that you can catch is the cockroach. It is also attracted to sweet aqueous sources. This means that the initial solution you made to attract mosquitoes will also work on cockroaches. Since cockroaches can survive for about a month without eating anything, but only a few days without water, they will be specifically attracted to watery sources. That’s why you’ll often see them in the bathroom or under the kitchen sink. This is where you can place the error receiver.
Also, since cockroaches are large climbers, you will not want them to come back through the hole after falling into the insect trap. To prevent them from escaping, grease the inside of the error receptor.
Fruit fly catches insects
Here is how to catch those annoying little fruit flies. Take a plastic or glass jar (or small bowl) and prepare a plastic wrap. Using a toothpick, make a few small holes in the plastic wrap and stretch them over the edge of the jar / container.
As for the liquid inside, mix a little sugar, maple syrup, jam or honey with something fermented like wine or vinegar (beer will also work). Add a little oil to this (optional). Of course, dilute this in water. Now cover this mixture with the plastic wrap and watch how it will eventually attract those tiny fruit flies. Often they will try to escape and land on the inside of the plastic wrap.
We do not recommend that you kill them, so you can release them as they are still alive, in nature, far from your home. One last note, if you do not want to kill any of them, do not put oil. The oil is the ingredient that ensures that the insect can not move anymore and will perish in time.
In addition, you can create a bug net catcher, but it must be more accurate and be right where you located the error. You can use any thin fabric or cloth similar to a net and place it on the edge of a tennis racket or a badminton bat. This can work well on slightly larger insects such as wasps, hornets and even spiders. Be careful, however, the way you handle them when you try to eliminate the network error catcher, since a wasp, for example, may get angry and even attack you.
Finally, if you do not want to kill any of these insects, or as little as possible, do not add the oil. As we mentioned, it gets stuck in the wings of the insects and in the whole body, which makes it too heavy and practically impossible for the insect to fly (something like quicksand is for people and other heavier animals).
Optionally, you can put less water inside, so that the insect, when it falls into the trap, is not completely submerged under water and runs the risk of drowning. If you like the human approach more, experiment and see what methods kill less insects, then free them from your house safely.