SLAM Traps – Hybrid Malaise Traps
EM508 Standard SLAM Trap
The EM508 Standard SLAM Trap is 110 x 110 x 110cm.
Installation of the standard SLAM (land and air malaise trap) trap is a breath of fresh air. It is self-supported and freestanding, making it extremely easy to reposition. The trap is easily clipped to a framework of shock-corded poles, requiring no additional support or guy ropes.
The standard SLAM trap is simple to erect, and will save time and effort for other important activities, especially when many traps need to be deployed.
It is configured with cross baffles so that flying insects are collected from four sides, making wind direction and exposure to sunlight less of a concern when considering trap placement and orientation.
Improvised Flight Interception Net
By placing the standard SLAM trap over trays or ground cloths filled with preservative, the slam trap also become an improvised flight interception net (Refer E997F).
Suspended in the air, the standard SLAM trap becomes an aerial Malaise trap. When dangled from trees, the standard SLAM trap can be elevated to any height to avoid obstacles in natural insect flyways such as high bush or grass. With loops sewn on the standard SLAM trap, several standard SLAM traps can be daisy-chained to sample all habitats from ground level to canopy at the same time.
For the aerial unit, you require both the EM508 standard SLAM trap and the EM508C Bottom Collector. Both are sold separately.
EM811-P Large SLAM Trap
With a similar structure to the EM508 standard Slam Trap, the EM811-P LARGE Slam Trap (Catalogue # EM811-P) is much bigger (156 x 156 x 170cm) and has an interception area 2.4 times larger than the standard SLAM Trap.
Installation of the large SLAM trap is straight forward. Simply clip hooks to provided shock-corded poles. It is self-supporting and extremely easy to reposition. The large SLAM trap has cross baffles so insects are collected from all four sides.
This all terrain SLAM trap is made of fine Polyester fabric (see specifications below).
Also included are:
- a mesh ventilation window on the collecting head to optimize the catch (Insect drop-off is accelerated if Pyrethroids are applied to this ventilation window. Since all Pyrethroids are UV unstable, treatment should be repeated about once a week)
- a removable “moth excluder (2 x 2 mesh/square inch)” at the collecting head entrance to prevent the entry of large insects such as Lepidoptera or dragonflies
- the collecting head has a mesh ventilation window to optimize catch
Contents per Trap
- 1 SLAM Trap
- 2 Support Poles (450 cm)
- 1 Bottle Connecting Ring
- Collecting Polypropylene (PP) Bottles (500 ml)
- 4 Guy Ropes (3 m)
- 9 Tent Pegs
- 1 Carrying Bag
- Dimensions: See image diagram
- Weight: 2.2 kg (includes all accessories)
- Color: Black with white roof
- Roof – White Polyester (108×32 mesh/square inch)
- Baffles – Black Polyester (96 x 26 mesh/square inch)
- Support Poles – Shock-corded aluminum or fiberglass
- Collecting Bottle – Polyethylene
EM508C-MK2: Mark 2 model; Bottom Collector for Standard SLAM Trap
The bottom collector is manufactured to accommodate the standard Slam Trap for aerial purposes, so that specimens that fold their wings and drop after striking an object can be collected.
The bottom collector comes with a coarse mesh (3.6cm x 3.6cm grid) on top to prevent leaves and twigs from clogging the bottom collecting bottle.
The Collector consists of:
- Cloth Funnel
- 2 x Shock-corded poles
- Bottle connecting ring and 2 x 500ml collecting bottles
- Dimensions: L100cm x W100cm x H100cm
- Weight: 630 grams
- Colour: Black Nylon cloth
- Funnel – Nylon Cloth
- Shock-corded Poles – Aluminum
- Collecting Bottle – Polyethylene
Assembly – SLAM Trap on Land
- Remove collecting bottle from zippered pocket on top of SLAM trap
- Assemble poles. Make sure segments are entirely inserted into joints
- Push ends of one pole into white pockets at opposite corners on base of SLAM trap. Be careful: do not over bend pole
- Clip hooks around pole. Take care to maintain gentle curve in pole
- Repeat Steps 3-4 with second pole and black pockets
- Put collecting bottle back into zippered pocket on top of SLAM trap
- Fasten ribbons around neck and body of collecting bottle
- Close pocket zipper to hold collecting bottle in place
- Remove moth excluder from collecting head entrance if not needed
- Use tent pegs to stake trap to ground
- Black loops (about two-thirds up side of trap) are for guy lines for extra support in wind
Assembly – SLAM Trap in Air
- Complete Steps 1-9
- Throw a rope over tree branch
- Tie other end of rope around poles where they cross at top of SLAM trap. Avoid blocking collecting head entrance
- A second trap can be hung from loop in center of bottom of SLAM trap
- Run a line through stake loops to ensure traps have same orientation
- Repeat Step 14 on opposite side of trap to keep traps from spinning
- Haul trap into air
- Stake down lines. Lines from Steps 14 & 15 should be staked down separately
$79.00 – $1,699.20