Black light traps can be a very handy tool in catching queens. I started using one last season, and caught quite a few queens that way. I was just hanging a white sheet on the cab of my truck with a black light laying in the bed shining up on it, but setting this up over and over at every different place I went to was starting to get very old. I decided I needed a nicely built trap that I could quickly and easily set up with little work. Bioquip.com has some nice ones, but their products are rather expensive. Like I do with most things, I decided to just build my own. I figured if I'm making my own, I might as well design one way better than the ones I can buy for the same price. After I finish this, I plan to come up with a very low-priced design next, since I need one or two like that also.
This is a picture of one of the Bioquip traps that I'll be basing my idea on.
This link (http://books.google....epage&q&f=false) has a lot of useful information on black light traps. It was a study on black light traps and their effectiveness in capturing a certain type of beetle, but I'm sure most of the information is relevant to any insects caught with these.
I just bought a bug zapper to start with, because these are obviously already designed to attract and kill the very bugs I want to collect. It already contains the ballasts, UV light bulbs, and the sockets that the bulbs plug into. I went with the Flowtron BK-80D, because it contains two 40 watt bulbs and two 40 watt ballasts. You can find this on Amazon for about 60 dollars. (http://www.amazon.co...flowtron bk-80d). This will give me 80 watts of light, compared to the 12 to 22 watts of lighting you would get from one of Bioquips traps; that means way more light, which means way more insect attraction. I would like this to be portable also, so I decided to tear apart a small desktop UPS and incorporate that into my trap too.
I just started this project, and will post everything on this thread as I go.
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