Now having said that, there are countless of ways to build a bug zapper. It all depends on the types of bugs you're targeting and the size of the bug zapper you want to build. Also the design plays a huge part in the effectiveness of the bug zapper.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials
The materials you will need to build your bug zapper may vary from mine, but I'll tell you what I used:
- the circuitry from an old rechargeable lantern (battery and tube useless)
- a new 6V rechargeable sealed lead acid battery
- two garden plant vase dish
- 6 long wooden dowels
- a 1 yard squared 1/4" mesh wire
- my design uses a blacklight
Step 2: Making the Foudation
I also chose to use a circular design because that mean I could use one less mesh that was necessary in a flat design for safety purposes.
To make the base plates as I call it, I decided to use wood to mount the mesh and accessories onto. The diameter of the baseplate is measured and cut to fit snugly in the endcaps.
Step 3: Drilling the Holes
The 6 holes for the wooded dowel supports were drilled equally spaced around the circumference of the baseplate with the groove for the inner mesh intersecting them. The hole for the light fitting was made by a spade bit. For more info see here.
Step 4: Adding the Blacklight
Blacklight was suitable for my zapper because it attracted most of the insects i wanted to get rid of.
Step 5: Wiring the Mesh
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Step 6: Adding the Carrying Handle
Slots were cutout on the top of the endcap to mount the handle, switch, leds and power cord.
Step 7: Adding the Components
Step 8: Gluing Everything in Place
Step 9: Final Product!
I hope you found this instructable useful in designing and building your own bug zapper.
If you have any questions and I know you do, please leave them below.
You can also take a look at my other projects below:
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