Intro: How to Make a Cricket Trap
I was reading on the net people from everywhere wanting a cricket trap,but there hasn't been any good ones.Well We have chickens and alot of crickets(from a failed attempt of trying to raise them,getting frustrated and tossing them out in the back yard).To me,they are free food for my chickens,and will give some insight of how I read a persons blog about making one.http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Build-Your-Own-Cricket-Trap&id=108600]
Here is what you will need:
1. Some old discarded screen. It must still be in good condition.
2. A bean crate or similar box.
3. Staple gun
4. A light( preferably blue or red) I am using a camping light bought from Wal-Mart (4.00)
6. Some bait. A water vegetable works best. Here I am using baby carrots.
Step 1: Sizing,and Cuting Screen
If you don't have any junk screen lying around, go buy some from lowes for about 6.00. Or just take screens off your windows. Now get a crate.you really don't need a crate.a box will do good too,but use a desk stapler for the box,not a heavy duty stapler.You do need to cut some holes on all the sides of the box so the bugs can see what they are going in for. If you have a crate,no more holes are necessary,the slots will have light go thru and attract them buggies.Cut the screen about 1 inch bigger than the bottom. now take your screen and staple it to the bottom of your crate or box.Dont worry about the corner flaps. just tuck them and staple them.remember: it don't need to be pretty, its just for bugs.Next size and cut screen for the sides and top.
Reason: the screen is to keep the crickets in. The crickets will scale the screen.
Step 2: Adding the Light
Put the light inside the box.you want the light to be in the center as an attractant to the crickets. don't be surprised if you find other critters in the box in the morning.the extra bugs will be bonus chicken feed/fishing bait. "Come to the light crickets..come to the light" Mhwahahahaaa!
Step 3: Add Bait
place your bait around the light.it needs to be a 360 degree viewing for all bugs.the main reason is for crickets,but bonus bugs are a good surprise. As you can see I am using baby carrots.
Step 4: Placing the Trap
go out to the side of your garage at night with the trap.leave trap on the side of your garage and leave it till the morning.if you have a backyard,put the trap in your backyard along the fenceline.If your backyard is the woods,then goody for you.put your trap along the woodline. Keep your trap lid proped open with a stick or screwdriver or anything that can act as a lean for the lid.Make sure its opened wide for all bugs. Turn on the light inside the trap then go inside and sleep.
Step 5: Check Trap in the Morning
Go and check your trap before the sun comes up.you will notice you caught crickets and other bugs.Take the prop rod out and close the lid.Presto! you caught em! Now go fishing,or save em for your amphibians or fish,or like me,feed em to your chickens. When you empty the trap,refer back to step 3 and start over. you will notice that all sorts of bugs come around.Moths,mayflies and the lot. Those are bonus bugs.
Step 6: Trap in Action
These are my happy customers who get free protein and give good eggs.