Buzz Off: DIY Wasp Traps for a Wasp-Free Summer

DIY Wasp Trap

A diy wasp trap keeps the pesky critters away from picnics and outdoor meals during warm weather months. A simple bottle trap can be made from recycled materials.

Avoid using honey as bait since it may attract pollinators such as honeybees. Use fruit juice, sugar water or soda instead.

Bottle

Nothing ruins a summer barbecue or an evening by the pool like a swarm of buzzing wasps. Despite their useful roles as nectar-eating pollinators and insect predators, wasps can be annoying when they build nests in the garden or interrupt your dinner al fresco. A homemade wasp trap is a simple, hands-off way to keep the flying pests at bay.

This DIY trap is made from a 2-liter bottle and has a narrow opening that wasps can crawl through but can’t get back out. Once inside, they won’t be able to escape and will eventually drown in the liquid.

To lure wasps into the trap, place a small amount of bait on the bottom of the bottle. During spring, a hunk of lunch meat or meat scraps is good; during late summer and autumn, jams, fruit juices and other sweet liquids work better. A splash of vinegar will help prevent honeybees from being attracted to the trap, as well.

PVC Pipe

Wasps are essential garden pests that help fertilize plants and keep harmful bugs in check, but they can be a nuisance when they build nests close to your house. They can also sting you repeatedly, so it is important to find a way to keep them away from your home.

While there are many commercial wasp traps on the market, they can be expensive and difficult to set up. In addition, they can contain harmful chemicals that could harm your garden and pets. A diy wasp trap is an inexpensive and effective alternative to commercial products.

To make a homemade wasp trap, start by removing the lid from a two-liter bottle. Next, mark the neck of the bottle with a permanent marker. Once the neck is marked, cut off the top portion of the bottle using a utility blade. Then, flip the neck upside down and place it into the bottom part of the bottle. This will serve as a funnel for the wasps to enter and exit the trap.

Bait

Wasps and hornets, like many bees, can be considered pests by gardeners and bee keepers. These insects are also highly destructive to ripening fruit, which is why they often target picnics and outdoor gatherings. These traps can help reduce the numbers of these insects, and they can be easily made using materials you probably already have on hand.

The first step in making this DIY wasp trap involves prepping the bait. There are several different “recipes” that have been reported to work, but it’s generally best to add something meaty in the spring when wasps are looking for protein, and to switch to sugary substances as summer progresses.

Before adding the bait, make sure that you have a length of tape or twine on hand to secure the top part of the bottle into the bottom portion. This is to ensure that wasps can only enter the trap from the opening in the bottle’s neck, and are unable to fly back out.

Tape

While commercial wasp traps are available, you can make a DIY version using items you probably already have around the home. This simple trap is effective, easy to set and inexpensive. It will not destroy an entire wasp nest, but it should reduce the number of wasps around your property.

This trap uses a plastic juice, soda or water bottle with a lid that can be opened. The best bottles are clear so that you can see wasps trapped inside. If you are unable to find a transparent bottle, you can cover the top portion with clear packaging tape.

Start by cutting the top off of a 2-liter bottle right where it stops curving. Then, invert the cut portion to form a funnel that fits into the bottom of the bottle. Secure the funnel with tape, and poke holes in each side for string to hang the trap. You can bait the trap with sugar or meat. Be sure to empty and dispose of the dead wasps regularly.

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