Gross- But Effective- Homemade Wasp Traps

Gross- But Effective- Homemade Wasp Traps. The Todd was bitten–bitten, not even stung!–by a hateful wasp bulding a home in a couch cushion at our family cabin.  I immediately made three of these little guys for the yard there.  I put together several traps for our yard and my neighbor’s last week, and they’re been amazing at keeping those horrible flying thugs away from the kids.  I found this clever device from Prairie


Gross (But Effective) Homemade Wasp Traps

1)Cut the neck off a plastic pop bottle.

2) Remove the bottle cap and flip the neck upside down and place it in the bottle opening that you just cut.

3) Tape together using packing tape or duct tape. 4) Bait the trap. The easiest is sugar and water, but I’ve also read that meat works well in the spring and early summer because wasps are attracted to protein, or other options are sugar and water, water and vinegar, beer, soda, even laundry detergent. Adding petroleum jelly or cooking oil along the steep edges of the trap can cause them to lose their footing and fall into the hole. 5) Hang the trap by either taping a string to it, or affixing a screw that you can use to hang. 6) Empty the trap – but first make sure the wasps are dead by pouring boiling water in or freezing. Personally, I’ll just dispose of entire trap and make a new one.

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3 responses to “Gross- But Effective- Homemade Wasp Traps”

  1. Iris says:

    how do the wasps stay in the trap? won’t they come back out the hole after they eat?

  2. todderinfav5admin says:

    They’re poisoned and the cooking oil keeps them from crawling back out. 🙂 it’s very satisfying.

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