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Beetle Trap Uses Plastic Bags
Frank Miller got tired of replacing the bags on his commercial Japanese beetle trap. So he replaced the original catching pouch with a bracket that lets him use leftover plastic shopping bags.
  "The traps definitely reduce the damage beetles were causing to my garden vegetables and fruit trees. However, the bags cost about $2 apiece," says Miller.
  He attached a piece of pipe to the bottom of the pipe and uses tape to attach a new bag each day.
  Miller says he gets about a bagful of bugs per day at each of several locations. He burns the bags of dead bugs.
  The trap is equipped with a number of plastic vanes at the top onto which bait is applied. A cone leads from the vanes down into the bag. He hangs the traps from T-posts using a bracket made from a pipe and steel rod.
  "I run the duct tape around the top part of the bag but don't get it onto the pipe. That way when I go to remove the bag it just slides right off," says Miller.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Frank Miller, 1900 E. North, Beecher City, Ill. 62414 (ph 618 487-5429).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4