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Publication numberUS885536 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 21, 1908
Filing dateJul 27, 1907
Priority dateJul 27, 1907
Publication numberUS 885536 A, US 885536A, US-A-885536, US885536 A, US885536A
InventorsHarvey L Shimer
Original AssigneeHarvey L Shimer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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PATENTED APR. 21, 1908.




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To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, HARVEY L. SHIMER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Garden City, in the county of Finney, State of Kansas, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Ant-Traps; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to insect traps and more particularly to a trap designed for the purpose of trapping ants.

The object of the invention is to provide an extremely simple device of this class which may be manufactured of glass or sheet metal and at a little cost.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a top plan view of the trap, and, Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view therethrough.

As shown in the drawings the trap comprises an annular sheet metal base 5.and secured at its outer edge to the outer periphery of this annular base is an annular flange 6 which is extended upwardly and inwardly at an acute angle to the base and has its upper edge overturned as indicated by the numeral 7. A similar flange 8 is secured at its lower or inner edge to the inner periphery of the base 5 and is annular in contour and is extended upwardly and outwardly. The upper edge of this flange 8 terminates in a horizontal plane with the upper edge 7 of the flange 6 and is overturned as at 9 as in the case of the said flange 6, at its said upper edge. The flanged upper edge 9 of the flange 8 is concentric with res ect to the overturned upper edge 7 of the fange 6 and is spaced therefrom.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed July 27, 1907.

Patented April 21, 1908.

Serial No. 385,781.

In practice, one of the traps is placed upon the ground at each ant hill in such a manner that the hill is encircled by the trap. The ants, after they ascend the flange 8, drop into the annular pocket formed between the two flanges 6 and 8 and are in this manner trapped.

While I have described the trap as being formed of sheet metal and of annular contour it will be understood that it may be as equally well formed of glass or any other suitable material and may be made square, oval, triangular or any other suitable shape so long as the relation of the flanges is the same.

What is claimed, is

An ant-trap composed of three parts, as follows: a base ring having flanges inturned toward each other; an inner frusto-conical member having its major upper edge overturned in a curve outwardly, and its minor lower edge engaged under the flange at the inner edge of the base-ring; and an outer frusto-conical member having its lower major edge engaged underthe outer flange of the base-ring, and its minor upper edge overturned in a curve inwardly toward the upper edge of the first-mentioned member, whereby a smooth unobstructed surface leading from the outside and inside into the trap is obtained.

In testimony whereof, I affix my signature, in presence of two witnesses.




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Cooperative ClassificationA01M2200/011