01Start With a Soda Bottle
To make a wasp trap, you will need a:
- Two-liter soda bottle
- Permanent marker
- Piece of wire for hanging your trap (optional)
02Mark Where You Need to Cut
Use a permanent marker to draw a line around the neck of the bottle, just below the taper.
03Cut the Top off the Bottle
Use a knife or a sharp pair of scissors to cut the top off of the bottle at the line.
04Bait the Trap
Unscrew the cap. Then, flip the top of the bottle upside down, and tuck it into the bottom portion of the bottle to complete your wasp trap.
Different baits work at different times of the year. In the spring and early summer, wasps are looking for sources of protein. In the late summer and early fall, they are seeking sweets.
To bait the trap, stick a piece of lunch meat or a small hunk of hamburger inside your trap in the spring. Use a few inches of soda, juice or another sweet liquid in the summer and fall months. Add a bit of vinegar to the mix to keep bees out of your trap.
05Set the Trap
Place your trap (or traps) outdoors in areas where you see wasp activity or are trying to prevent wasp activity. If you're trying to keep wasps away from your picnic, set up a bottle a short distance from the table, so they'll hopefully be attracted to the trap, instead of your food.
06Hang the Trap
If you'd like to be able to hang your wasp trap, use a hole punch to make two holes for a handle, ensuring that you punch through both the top and bottom portion of the bottle. Then, thread a piece of wire through the holes to serve as the handle.
07How the Trap Works
Wasps are attracted to the scent of the bait and fly into the bottle opening to get to it. Once inside the bottle, they can't figure out how to get back through the narrow opening and eventually die, drowning in liquid if it is present.
08Tips and Cautions
Remove dead wasps from the trap regularly, and rebait the bottle at least once a week so that you continue to attract wasps. Always exercise care when dealing with wasps, and avoid contact if you're allergic.
Learn How to Make a Wasp Trap
In Just a Few Easy Steps, You'll Be Trapping the Flying Insects
Wasps help to pollinate gardens and keep harmful insect and parasite populations in check, but when they build a nest in your mailbox, interfere with your backyard barbecue, or sting you repeatedly, you probably just want to get rid of them.
To keep wasp nests a healthy distance from your house, set traps in the early spring when the queens are looking for nesting sites. You can buy ready-made traps at the store, but save your cash and make your own. Read on to learn how to make homemade wasp traps with just a few supplies you likely have at your house.