Bug Vacuum helps kids safely catch insects without involving their squeamish parents
Sunny's hack for budding entomologists:
This is a great Parent Hack, as it combines a fun activity for kids, as well as a much needed task around the house.
The Bug Vacuum is the best thing since sliced bread. Kids love it and it works like a dream for any other parents out there who are squeamish about bugs like I am. Basically, it's like a Dustbuster for bugs and your kid's the one who does all the bug collecting work for you.
There's a nifty little bug jug between the sucker part of the vacuum and the motor and handle. Once you get the bug safely in the bug jug he will usually end up on this little plastic revolving door. Then you flip the handle and the door flips over, safely keeping the bug on the inside. Then you easily remove the bug jug and your kid has a new "pet." The other side of the bug jug is mesh, so the little critters can get plenty of air.
Of course, once your child has seen the bug move around for a while, you need to remind them that he has to set it free. Although sometimes I ask him, "What happened to that spider that was in that big bug jug?" And he says, "I don't know, maybe he escaped." Lucky me!
Here's a posting on my blog with one of the cool things you can do with the bugs you catch, with accompanying short video. Photos of the bug vacuum and bug jugs can be found here.
We are big bug-liberators around here. I should say I am...my husband and kids prefer to watch as I take all the spiders outside. A while back I wrote about my low-tech tool of choice: the spider cone.