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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I am not liable if your shock yourself or injury yourself, working with high voltages is very dangerous!!
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.