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Keeping bugs out of a sap bucket

keeping bugs out of a sap bucket

One downside to using a bucket to collect sap is the bugs.

We modified this lid with a piece of metal screen material to help keep our sap more pure.

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Comment by deb Thu Feb 12 18:00:37 2015
What bugs do you have there in Jan/Feb & temps <40*F?
Comment by doc Sat Feb 14 06:22:37 2015

deb --- I know! Great, huh? :-)

Doc --- To be honest, I didn't peer closely enough to really identify them. Although there was a house-type fly or two, it's mostly bugs that look like a mixture between a large gnat and a small mosquito. They're clearly attracted to the sugar in the sap because there are about ten times as many in the sugar maple sap as in the box-elder sap. On nice days when the sap is running, we usually have about a dozen bugs per bucket.

Comment by anna Sat Feb 14 07:52:17 2015

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