How to make a reusable Japanese Beetle trap for $8 or so.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
You will need to get
- A bucket 3 gallon is what I have at hand but 5 gallon would work fine.(Free if you know where to look)
- A wire coat hanger (free with your dry cleaning)
- A "transmission fluid" type funnel. $2.50 at auto parts store.
- A Japanese Beetle Lure replacement $4.75 at hard ware store. The puck style works as well as the mesh pouch type so get what ever you can.
Tools You will need
- A multi tool
- A 1.5" hole saw
Step 2: Prepare the Funnel
Cut a few inches off the end of the funnel so the hole is at least 1" This will allow the beetles to slip down the funnel and into the bucket without clogging.
The one pictured has already been cut.
Step 3: Adding the Wire Hanger
- Using the awl from your multi tool make a small hole about an inch below the hole cast in the funnel. -Cut a length of about 10" from the wire hanger.
- Bend it so it is secured to the funnel using the 2 holes.
-Bend a hook into the end for your lure.
Step 4: Cut the Lid
-Using the 1.5" hole saw cut a hole in the lid.
you can use a smaller or larger hole saw if your funnel is a different size.
I off center the hole so I can place a brick on top of the trap when it gets windy.
Step 5: Bait the Trap
-put the lid on the bucket
-put the funnel in the hole
-open the bait lure and hang on hook
-watch the swarm approach
Oh you will also need a shovel to dig a hole to bury your catch(ashes to ashes and what not). Make sure they are dead before they go in the ground. They are beetles and have no problem digging out. A solution of soapy water will drown them quickly.