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Insect pooter

What is an insect pooter?

It's a small insect catcher that works via suction to trap insects.

You will need:

  • 1 clear plastic cup
  • 2 straws
  • 1 square of either kitchen wipe or leg stocking 
  • Rubber bands
  • Soldering iron
  • Paper towel or a kitchen bag
  • Blu-TackTM or play dough
  • Why not make an ant farm to hold the ants?

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Simple insect pooter

A simple insect pooter that works


  1. With the help of an adult, heat up the soldering iron and melt two holes at the base of the cup.

    Using a soldering iron to melt the holes
  2. Cut up a small piece of leg stocking and secure it on the end of one straw using a rubber band. The stocking is there to act as a filter to stop you getting little insects in your mouth when you use the insect pooter.
  3. Put a straw through each hole and secure with the Blu-TackTM or play dough (keeping the stocking within the cup).
  4. Use the rubber band to secure the paper towel on the cup opening (BTW: kitchen bags work better as you don't lose suction due to small holes as per the paper towelling... variable testing!).

    Simple insect pooter
    Simple insect pooter complete
  5. Place the straw with the stocking end in your mouth and position the other straw end over a small insect. With some practice you should find that you can suck a small insect such as an ant into the insect pooter!

    Using an insect pooter
    Using an insect pooter to catch a line of ants

    Using an insect pooter
    Using an insect pooter to catch a small ant
  6. Why not make an ant farm to hold the ants?
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