A bug zapper is an excellent tool to dispose of indoor or outdoor pests that may bother you. To make an effective bug zapper, you must devise one that not only attract bugs, but also emits enough electricity to kill them. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you to make an effective bug zapper using a few simple tools and a cheap disposable camera.
WARNING: Bug zappers are electric and you run the risk of shocking yourself while making one. Be sure to handle electric parts carefully and wear rubber gloves while assembling the zapper. Do not let children play with or use the zapper.
Step 1: Prepare Your Supplies
Collect the list of items shown in the "Tools and Materials" tab. Remove the film from your disposable camera. Cut off the part of your wire fish trap that is conical. Make a second cylinder of mesh. Ensure that it will fit into the groove of your fish trap lid. Cut PVC pipe to create a a 6-inch long section. You will also need to cut off the tips of the LEDs to diffuse the lights.
Step 2: Put It All Together
With the camera, you will need to find the capacitor. You can normally find this in the upper right hand side. To each lead of your capacitor you will need to solder a 5-inch long electrical wire. Drill two holes right next to the view finder. These holes should be large enough to allow the wires to pass through. Once you have gotten the wires through the holes you will need to close the camera.
Roll the mesh into a cylinder that is about 3/16 inch smaller than the diameter of your fish trap. Make sure that you staple the cylinder to the length of your fish trap.
Glue the mesh cylinder that fits to the groove of your fish trap lid. Be sure that your mesh cylinders aren’t touching at any time. To one of your meshes to the camera you will need to solder the free leads.
Step 3: Finishing Up
Get your three AA batteries and put them inside the wire and pip parallel to the LEDs. Be sure that the wires are in place. Hold them there with electrical tape. From there you will need to attach your electoral switch into the circuit. After that you are going to need to get the light structure glued into the base of the top cap of your fish trap. Then glue the electrical switch on the top of the top cap of your fish trap.
Step 4: Test It Out
Once you have finished all the above steps, your bug killer should be ready to go. The flash switch of the camera as well as the LEDs should be turned on. Once insects start to notice the LEDs, they will become attracted to them. As soon as the bugs touch both of the meshes at the exact same time, they will activate the capacitor in your camera. This will kill the insect.