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Dspdrew's Black Light Trap Research and Design

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#41 Offline Martialis - Posted February 19 2017 - 1:27 PM

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Noob Question: May I have a link to the blacklights and fixtures you have bought?

 

They appear earlier in the thread.



#42 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted February 19 2017 - 1:43 PM

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Ok thanks


Keeper of...

(2) Parakeets
(2) Peppered Corydoras
(4) Neon Tetras
(1) Hermit Crab
(100-300) Mealworms
(1) Tetramorium sp. E
(1) Dormymyrmex bicolor
(1) Dormymyrmex insanus
(1) Solenopsis invicta
(1) Formica fusca
(1) Lasius neoniger
(1) Crematogaster cerasi
(1) Myrmecosystus testacus

#43 Offline Martialis - Posted February 19 2017 - 2:31 PM

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What's a safe way to detach the wires from the high voltage "zapper?"

 

Edit: This thing looks like a promising ant trap: https://www.amazon.c...ords=bug zapper


Edited by Martialis, February 19 2017 - 2:36 PM.


#44 Offline RhodyAnts - Posted April 8 2017 - 8:52 PM

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How about something like this?
https://www.amazon.c...b_PYB6ybMVQC5K8

Just add bucket and funnel.

#45 Offline Rick54 - Posted May 19 2017 - 11:33 AM

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Am I assuming correctly that this black light trap is used at night, so that in the morning one can sift through the bucket for the treasures?



#46 Offline Rick54 - Posted May 19 2017 - 11:54 AM

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Now you've got me thinking. I have a pop-up canopy (10 x 10) find em at Sam's Club. Set that up, lay out a white sheet on the ground below it, and hang a 13.5 inch blacklight fluorescent fixture (purchased from Lowe's) with bulb from the inside center of the pop-up. Power it with my Honda 2000 generator and wait for the ants. Question is, how far above the white sheet do you place the light? I believe the pop-ups have three holes in each leg to adjust height. Putting the canopy all the way down probably puts the canopy somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 ft. off the ground. Do you need the light high or low above the white sheet?

 

Here are some bulbs,  http://shop-uv.black...iew=grid&srt=20



#47 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 19 2017 - 6:00 PM

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Now you've got me thinking. I have a pop-up canopy (10 x 10) find em at Sam's Club. Set that up, lay out a white sheet on the ground below it, and hang a 13.5 inch blacklight fluorescent fixture (purchased from Lowe's) with bulb from the inside center of the pop-up. Power it with my Honda 2000 generator and wait for the ants. Question is, how far above the white sheet do you place the light? I believe the pop-ups have three holes in each leg to adjust height. Putting the canopy all the way down probably puts the canopy somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 ft. off the ground. Do you need the light high or low above the white sheet?

 

Here are some bulbs,  http://shop-uv.black...iew=grid&srt=20

 

You can do it many different ways. The only important element is the light.



#48 Offline kudofo - Posted June 8 2017 - 10:43 AM

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What about this for the UV light. http://www.ebay.com/...5MAAOSwlY1ZGsvW



#49 Offline ace2184 - Posted June 19 2017 - 10:30 AM

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Is this something you leave out overnight or check every couple hours? I'd be concerned with something get in their with the queen and killing her. Also bonus points to Drew, quite creative with your fabrication skills.

#50 Offline AntsCalifornia - Posted September 9 2017 - 8:37 PM

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What about this for the UV light. http://www.ebay.com/...5MAAOSwlY1ZGsvW

For that light, it might not do so well with a trap as you might need something brighter or a different shape like just a bulb. You might be able to work with it though, I wouldn't know, as I have never built a black light trap. It would however definitely be good for just hunting for queens at night, no trap. If you want that light though, I suggest getting a different brand. I got a Kobra for half the price, and it's the exact same thing, parts interchangeable and everything, all the same, but one says Kobra and is cheaper. There are lots of cheaper versions of the light. I'm not going to list them all, but if you do some research you can figure it out.







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