Three more ways to catch bugs


Take them by surprise

Place a teatowel or a piece of an old sheet under a bush or a tree. Position it as far in under the branches as you can. Then, give the branch a really good shake.

Pull the sheet out, and you’ll see some big bugs... and also many smaller ones.

Small pot

Set a pitfall trap

Take a small pot (with no holes in the bottom), and dig it into the ground. Make sure the surrounding soil is level with the top of the pot, and put a few stones or leaves inside. Leave it out, for a few hours or overnight, then come back and see what’s fallen in.

More detailed information about setting up your own pitfall trap.


Make them a soggy home sweet home

Take 4-5 newspapers, and soak them in water. Leave them out in the garden for several days, then see what’s underneath.

The conditions under the paper are ideal for animals like slaters that enjoy damp surroundings.

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