The Adams pan was a simple and effective locust extermination device. A flat pan was filled with coal tar or kerosene, and dragged over the surface of a locust infested field. Locusts would panic and jump into the pan, falling into the kerosene/tar, and die.

Adams locust pan

The Adams pan was a simple and effective locust extermination device. A flat pan was filled with coal…

A simple and effective locust extermination device. A flat pan was filled with coal tar and dragged over the surface of a locust infested field. Locusts would panic and jump into the pan, fall into the tar, and die.

Coal-Oil pan

A simple and effective locust extermination device. A flat pan was filled with coal tar and dragged…

One of the best known machines of its type, the Riley Locust-Catcher was employed to exterminate mass numbers of locusts plaguing fields. This device funneled locusts into a bag, sometimes containing poison, that would trap and kill the locusts.

Riley Locust-Catcher

One of the best known machines of its type, the Riley Locust-Catcher was employed to exterminate mass…

The Anderson Coal-oil Contrivance was a simple and effective locust extermination device. A flat pan was filled with coal tar or kerosene, and dragged over the surface of a locust infested field. Locusts would panic and jump into the pan, falling into the kerosene/tar, and die.

The Anderson Coal-oil Contrivance.

The Anderson Coal-oil Contrivance was a simple and effective locust extermination device. A flat pan…

The Flory-locust machine was a horse-drawn implement used by farmers to exterminate locust populations. This device was employed with moderate effect. Locusts would be startled into jumping as it rolled over them, and crushed in the moving belts.

The Flory-locust machine

The Flory-locust machine was a horse-drawn implement used by farmers to exterminate locust populations.…

The Price pan was a simple and effective locust extermination device. A flat pan was filled with coal tar or kerosene, and dragged over the surface of a locust infested field. Locusts would panic and jump into the pan, falling into the kerosene/tar, and die.

The Price Oil-Pan

The Price pan was a simple and effective locust extermination device. A flat pan was filled with coal…

The Wilson-Rhode locust catcher was a horse-drawn device used to trap and kill locusts. Locusts were a serious hazard to agriculture in the 1800's; this device was one of many used in an attempt to cut back on overwhelming locust populations.

Wilson-Rhode locust catcher

The Wilson-Rhode locust catcher was a horse-drawn device used to trap and kill locusts. Locusts were…