Wasps are insects that are feared by many because of their ability to sting repeatedly, bite and attack, but they are actually very useful creatures. Did you know that wasps help to keep the populations of parasites and harmful insects under control? They also aid in fertilizing gardens, but it’s not very pleasant when they build their nests under the eaves of your house and pester you when you’re trying to enjoy an outdoor barbecue. You can’t comfortably coexists with a nest of wasps in the areas that you frequent, and there are things you can do to help get rid of the problem. The best solution for a wasp problem is to develop a plan to move them to another area. Setting traps in the early spring is the best way to get them to relocate to another area and there are some great homemade wasp traps that you can make quickly, easily and inexpensively. In fact, most of the things that you need to do so are probably lying around the house right now. Here is a basic wasp trap that works and instructions on how to make it.
To make a wasp trap, all you need is a two-liter soda bottle, a permanent market, a piece of wire, a knife and a sweet substance like honey, sugar, juice, jelly, etc. Gather these supplies together and make the number of wasp traps that you think you’ll need.
2. Make your marks
Begin by marking the cutting lines on the soda bottle. This is where the permanent marker comes in handy. You can place a big rubber band around the bottle to guide you and keep the line straight or us a string around the neck of the bottle, just where it begins to taper.
3. Remove the top of the bottle
The next step is to cut off the top of the bottle where you’ve made your line with the marker. You can either use a knife, a sharp pair of scissors or a box cutter. Use extreme caution when doing so to avoid personal injury.
4. Place the bait in your trap
The fourth step in making a home made wasp trap is to place the bait that will draw the wasps into your trap, within the trap. Place the sweet substance in the bottom of the bottle. A good rule of thumb when it comes to choosing the right bait for your traps is to choose things that offer a source of protein for wasps in the early spring and summer, and go for sweeter things towards the fall. You can even use a combination of hamburger, lunch meat and a couple of inches of water with a sweeteners. If you add just a little vinegar, it will still draw wasps but keep bees out.
5. Finish your trap
Unscrew the bottle cap and remove it, then turn the top part of the bottle upside down. Tuck it into the bottom part of the bottle. Now it’s ready to use. The final stage is to affix a wire to your new wasp trap if you want to hang it from a tree branch or other area. Punch two holes near the top of the trap and run the wire through it and bend the wire in the fashion of a hanger.
Placement for your new wasp trap
Wasp traps are useful in areas where you notice that they are active. If you enjoy outdoor barbecues in your backyard and wasps are interfering with your enjoyment then this is a good place to set your trap. Place the wasp trap several feet away from table where you plan to eat so they will be attracted to the trap and stay away from the table.
How wasp traps work
Wasps are always on the lookout for a source of food. This is the reason why they show up when you’re trying to have a meal outside. The food source that you place in the trap attracts them to the food. They fly into the trap through the narrow opening that you’ve made in the top of the soda bottle. It’s difficult for them to figure a way to get out of the trap one they’re inside. They will eventually die in the trap and if you have enough sugar water inside at the bottom, they drown. It’s effective wasp removal without using harmful pesticides. You’ll want to keep an eye on your trap and re-bait it as needed, usually a minimum of once a week or even more frequently.