Further refinements to my camel cricket control setup. Addition of a red “party light” illuminates the whole area so that the motion sensor works much better — no more motion-sensing lights in the system, as per initial design. Note: most insects don’t see red well, so it’s just dark to them. Just dab a little food onto the surface of the motion sensor, and they will come. And then they will go. Last night I caught approximately 30 crickets. While I slept. And upon waking, I could check my iPhone for the update from the WeMo app (I have it say, “Crickets sucked” at each event). Details on how to make your own. Two photographs below were taken by a Belkin Netcam HD automatically, when motion was sensed. Again, all while I slept.
This post shows a new setup for my automated system to vacuum camel crickets. The entire system (photograph below) now resides in a cardboard box, so it’s easily movable (I’ll be making cricket-sized holes around base, though, so they can approach from all sides). Vacuum tube is now hidden behind box, but with a clear plastic dining tube attached and extending into the middle of the box. Food bait is inserted into the dining tube at the end of a wire that is hooked around the tube entrance so that food is not vacuumed away along with cricket. A Belkin WeMo motion sensor is suspended from above using a flexible wire that allows me to fuss with distance and angle. Motion-sensing, battery-powered lights flank the dining arena. These lights have been covered in red paper so that the camel crickets are not as alarmed by the sudden illumination. Finally, a Belkin Netcam HD is trained on the arena so that I can get alerts when there is something about to happen, just in case I can spare a moment to watch (it has infrared illumination). As per before, the motion sensor activates the vacuum, briefly, then resets for the next one — the system is fully automated and works 24/7. It really sucks.