A Visual Guide to Making a Wasp Trap

Nesting wasps can be dangerous to humans and pets when they invade inhabited areas. Commercial wasp traps can be purchased, but they can be sticky and cumbersome to set up.

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    You'll need to remove the labels from a 2 liter (0. Soda bottle (53 US gallons) If you can't see clearly inside the bottle, you won't know if any wasps were captured. You can still use it if the bottle you chose has labels that cannot be removed, but the checks will be more time-consuming and labor-intensive. [1]

    • In other words, a 0. This wasp trap was made from a plastic bottle (53 US gal). This trap can be made with any type of plastic bottle or carton as long as the opening is big enough for the wasp to fit through. [2]
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    Use the marker to draw a circle around the bottle's opening. The optimal location for the line is just below the bottle's neck, at the point where the bottle's middle section transitions into a straight cylinder. The line's only purpose is to serve as a rough guide while cutting the bottle. [3]

    • When marking a carton, the line should be drawn around the upper part of the carton, just below the crease that forms the triangular top.

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    Remove the bottle top by slicing along the dotted line. Use whatever tool you find most convenient, be it a razor blade, scissors, etc. If the tool is sharp enough, it can easily sever the bottle in half. [4]

    • You should take your time and be careful not to cut yourself when making the first cut because the plastic bottle is slippery. Place the bottle on a damp cloth or towel to prevent it from sliding around. This will provide the necessary grip to keep the bottle from falling over.
    • In order to complete this trap, you will need to remove the bottle's base and neck.
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    Olive oil should be used to grease the inside of the bottle and the funnel using a paper towel. If you do this, you can make an additional, slippery barrier that the wasps can't get over. It is not required, as the oil can become tacky without regular maintenance or cleaning of the bottle, but it can make the trap more effective in the short term. Petroleum jelly can be used in place of olive oil.

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    Invert the neck and insert it into the bottle. The wasps can enter the trap through the neck of the bottle, but they won't be able to escape. Before inserting the neck into the bottle, make sure the cap has been removed. This slit is where the wasps will enter.

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    Join the slit ends of the two pieces with tape. The funnel won't fall off because the tape is there. When doing this, clear packing tape is recommended so that you can easily spot a wasp inside the trap. [5]

    • If you're using a tape that isn't transparent, like duct tape, fold the strip in half so that you have a narrower band of tape.
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    Drill a pair of holes, one on each end of the funnel's rim. Create the two openings in the paper with a hole punch, pair of scissors, or another pointed tool. Just be cautious when drilling the holes so you don't hurt yourself. [6]

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    Puncture holes every 12 inches (30 centimeters) and tie a piece of string to both ends. So that your wasp trap can be hung, a handle can be made. Use whatever string you have on hand, but make sure it can hold the trap's weight and withstand any gusts of wind. [7]

    • The wasp trap's handle can be made from any sturdy material, including a shoelace.

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    In the spring and early summer, you can catch more fish by using grease or meat scraps as bait. Use water to dilute the mixture and create a solution that can help drown the wasps. Wasps need protein in order to build their nests and hatch their young during the spring and early summer.

    • You can catch the queen wasp and drive the rest of the hive away if you use meat at this time.
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    During the late summer and early fall, set your trap with a tasty treat. Add water and liquid dish soap to the sugary substance and mix thoroughly. In late summer and early fall, when they need more fuel, wasps will scout around for sugary treats. The wasp will drown because the dish soap will cause the surface tension to be broken. Sugar, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar are all tasty options. The sweet options and their quantities may need to be adjusted until the desired number of wasps is attracted. [8]
    • As long as you maintain a ratio of 1 teaspoon (4 mL) of soap to every 8 ounces of water, you should be able to fill your trap. Mix 1 tablespoon (15. 9 mL) of liquid dish soap into 1 cup (240 mL) of water. [9]
    • Do not add dish soap to the bait solution if you intend to release the wasp instead of drowning it. If any wasps manage to get away, you can use dish soap to coat them and kill them by suffocation. [10]
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    To use a wasp trap, put the bait solution in the funnel. Wasps won't get into the trap if the bait solution covers the opening of the bottle. About 1-2 inches (2 5–5 The solution in the bottle is within the first centimeter (or so) This way, the wasps will have no choice but to enter the trap in their search for food. [11]

    • Avoid the 2 liter (0. If you intended to use a plastic bottle of the size equivalent to a 53 US gallon (longer) bottle but instead used a shorter bottle, you will need to dilute You need 2 inches out of every five The baiting solution in the shorter trap has a smaller distance (about 1 cm) to travel to the funnel's open end.
    • Only add 1–3 tablespoons (15–44 mL) of the solution to the bottle if you intend to release the wasps. This amount of solution will be just right for luring the wasp, but not enough to kill it.
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    Arrange your trap on the ground or in a tree outside. Raise the trap off the floor by setting it on a table or stool. The trap can also be hung from a low tree branch or fence post. Hanging traps of roughly 4 feet (1 wasps than traps placed on the ground, even at a height of 2 m (6.5 ft).

    • You shouldn't set up the trap in a location where you spend a lot of time, like a patio where you enjoy eating lunch or a workspace, because the wasps it attracts could be a nuisance. Around 27 feet (8 just two meters) from your outdoor gathering's focal point [12]

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    Ensure the wasp trap is checked regularly. In order to lure in the wasps, you need to use the appropriate bait and position your trap appropriately. Check on the wasp trap at least once a day for the first few days, or until you are certain it is effective. [13]

    • If you are having trouble catching wasps, try moving the trap to a new location, changing the bait solution, or both.
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    To clean the trap, undo the tape every three days. When left unattended, the dead wasps float on the surface of the bait solution, providing a perch for more flying insects to land on. Before removing the tape from the trap, make sure that all of the wasps inside are dead. It's likely that any wasps that make it out of the trap alive will be dangerously aggressive. [14]

    • Be very careful when releasing live wasps. Wasps are naturally aggressive and cannot coexist with bees. If you insist on releasing the wasps, please do so in a remote area, far from your home and any public gathering spots. Don't let the wasp out near the nest, as it will alert the rest of the colony if given the chance. You could try releasing the wasps in nearby fields or woods if there are none nearby that are inhabited. [15]
    • Wearing gloves and long sleeves and pants is a must if you plan on releasing live wasps. [16]
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    Put the dead wasps in the ground or flush them down the toilet. Wasps often attack as a swarm if they think one of their own is in danger. When a wasp dies, it releases a chemical that serves to call its fellow wasps to the scene. The wasps' dead bodies will attract more wasps if you just dump them or throw them away in the trash. [17]

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    Reassemble the trap with tape and add more bait. This homemade wasp trap can be reused multiple times, unlike sticky wasp traps. All you have to do is whip up some fresh bait solution and restock. [18]

    • If you lubricated the inside of your trap with olive oil or petroleum jelly, apply more of that as well.
    • Refill the trap with fresh bait solution after rinsing it with hot water if it begins to smell sour or rotten. If the odor persists, you can try using apple cider vinegar in the wasp trap or making a new trap.

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    Do you think a milk carton would work as an alternative to a plastic bottle?

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    That's right, the idea is identical. Most wasps won't ever learn to escape as long as the opening is facing downward. Honey bees also avoid apple juice with vinegar added to it. My name is (insert beekeeping name here) and I keep bees. Bees do not appreciate the rotting smell of vinegar, but wasps and hornets do. You can watch the wasps fly forward and ricochet off the walls. When they try to return to their original height via hovering, they will fail. They run out of steam and drown in the liquid below.

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    Can we substitute eggs for meat?

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    Not something I'd suggest doing. Skunks or raccoons, for example, might be drawn to the trap by the stench.

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    Will all the wasps get caught in the bottle, or will some get out and endanger the kids playing in the yard?

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    That they could get away is a real possibility. Also, "Do not place the trap anywhere near where children or pets will be spending time," as the trap will attract real wasps. "

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  • 2 L (0 Can of soda (53 US gallons)
  • Use a razor blade or sharp scissors to open the bottle.
  • Hole-puncher
  • Duct tape or packaging tape
  • One meter and 12 inches of string
  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Sweetener, sour, acid, fatty, sour, or sour meat, or discarded meat
  • Extra-virgin olive oil or petroleum jelly (if you must).

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