Do your kids love bugs and creepy crawlies? My little girl is not a fan, but Oliver on the other hand loves them. Whenever we go out for walks or out in the garden he insists on taking his bug hunter back pack, armed with magnifying glass and a pair of binoculars! If your kids love bugs, then why not make your own bug trap? It’s really simple and lets the kids see the bugs up close and personal.
This is basically a simple pitfall trap. When the bugs scuttle over the ground, they are attracted by the smell of the bait and fall in the trap. Unable to get out they await being discovered the following day.
What You Will Need to Make Your Own Bug Trap
- Empty yoghurt pot, plastic cup or jam jar
- Bait (we used fruit, but you could also use little bits of cheese or meat)
- Some stones
- Hand held trowel or spade
- Magnifying glass or bug pot
How to Make Your Own Bug Trap
- First pop your bait in your container. We used some empty yoghurt pots and popped in some bananas and grapes.
- Dig a small hole in the earth so the container can be buried up to the rim. We buried ours in one of the raised beds that I’m not currently using.
- Place some stones around the edge, and place a tile on top. The stones are to support the tile over the containers to protect the traps from rain but to allow a small gap for the bugs to crawl under. We only had a large tile, so we covered both traps with the tile.
- Leave overnight, and then check in the morning to see what you have caught!
In one pot we had some ants, and some fruit flies. In the other we caught 2 ground beetles! You can just about see them in the second picture at 9 and 10 0’clock.
Oliver loved looking at them with his magnifying glass. You can also get those pots with the magnifying glass built in (on my shopping list!) which would make it easier for the kids to get up close and personal with the bugs.
Don’t forget once you’ve finished looking at them remember to release them!
You can also try different types of bait, to see if you catch different types of bugs.
Would you make your own bug trap? or have you already done one before? Let me know what bugs you catch in yours!