Many bugs have a “stop, drop, and roll” defense mechanism, and they will fall off of the plant as you reach for them; and once they’re down in the interior of the plant or on the ground, they’ve escaped your grasp. You can use that natural behavior of the bug to your advantage, with a simple homemade bug catcher… what I like to call the Bug Catch-o-matic.
Step 1: Cut the plastic container in half, just below the handle. As an option, you could just cut the bottom off of the jug if you want to have a deep catcher. However, I find that it’s easier to maneuver the bug catcher if it’s smaller.
Step 2: I like to trim the handles off of the plastic bag, so it’s a more uniform length.
Step 3: Remove the cap from the plastic jug (if it’s not already gone).
Step 4: Turn the jug upside-down, and use a rubber band to attach the opening of the plastic bag to the bottom of the jug (where the cap was).
bug(s) you want to trap, give the stem a shake, and the bugs will usually fall in on their own. You can stroll through the garden and catch a sack full of pests, and simply discard the bag when you’re done. Reload your Bug Catch-o-matic with an empty bag, and you can reuse it as needed.
blog entry and photos by Mark Murphy, CMG