How to Make a Humane Bug Catcher


Make this simple but Humane Bug Catcher from a soda bottle. It allows you to kindly catch them at arms length, then take them outside and set them free. blank630x20If you’re a kind soul whose sensitivity extends to even insects, this humane bug catcher might be just what you’ve been looking for. It’s an  inexpensive and quick insect removal apparatus you can make with a handful of simple items. It’s perfect for certain types of bugs such as spiders and beetles. If you’re sneaky enough you might be able to catch a fly with it!  It allows you to trap the bug at arm’s length, then take it outside for release into the wild.  There’s step by step instructions and also a video showing you how to make it.

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Humane Bug Catcher Supplies

  • 33 oz. plastic soda bottle with straight sides
  • Sturdy but thin piece of cardboard
  • Craft knife
  • String
  • 2 washers
  • 1/2″ PVC pipe cut to about 30″ long (Cuts easily with any small hand saw)
  • Small cork that fits into the end of the PVC (optional)
  • Drill  (if you use the cork)
  • Masking tape
  • Clear packing tape
  • If you’d rather not make one you can always buy this one.

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Instructions

Though it has several steps, the humane bug catcher is very easy to make. We’ve provided some detailed photos and also a video.

CUTTING THE BOTTLE

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SHAPING THE BOTTLEMake this simple but Humane Bug Catcher from a soda bottle. It allows you to kindly catch them at arms length, then take them outside and set them free. blank630x20

MAKING THE LIDMake this simple but Humane Bug Catcher from a soda bottle. It allows you to kindly catch them at arms length, then take them outside and set them free. blank630x20

MAKING THE HANDLE

OPTIONAL CORK STEP: You will generally use these for larger bugs. If you decide to try and catch tiny ones and are concerned about them going into the tiny PVC opening you easily prevent this using a cork as follows.

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ATTACHING THE STRINGMake this simple but Humane Bug Catcher from a soda bottle. It allows you to kindly catch them at arms length, then take them outside and set them free. blank630x20

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