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Non-Pesticide Patio Pest Control Device

Fabricate, out of mostly recycled materials, an ultraviolet nighttime bug trap.

Steps

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Non-Pesticide Patio Pest Control Device

Parts you need: 115-volt plug with cord, metal strapping, 115-volt fan, pantyhose (with legs cut off), scrap plywood, light socket, old flowerpot, 100-watt blacklight, pop rivets and/or bolts, and screws.

Step #2:

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Non-Pesticide Patio Pest Control Device

Cut hole in flower pot to the size of the fan, and if you wish, paint the inside white to be more reflective.

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Non-Pesticide Patio Pest Control Device

Cut piece of plywood with same size hole as the fan and the flowerpot then screw flowerpot to it.

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Bend metal strapping around the light socket and pop-rivet, screw or bolt into flowerpot. Or bolt light socket on, depending on what light socket you are using.

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Cut another piece of wood and attach to the bottom for a base. You can either place it on a table, or hang it.

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Screw the fan on minding the direction of the air flow. You want the suction blowing towards the back of hose.

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With wire nuts or crimp-on connectors, wire the fan, the light bulb and the plug wires together.

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Cut the legs off the pantyhose and attach to the fan, and secure with rope or tie wrap, then tie the legs together in a knot.

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Plug it in, and now you can enjoy sitting out on your patio at night, or working in your workshop with a non-pesticide solution to your bug problems.