Homemade Wasp Traps

I am allergic to wasps.

Being stung = trip to emergency room.

As I mentioned before, there’s an overabundance of bugs right now, wasps included.

I have a store bought wasp trap. It isn’t accomplishing much. In fact, it’s been hanging up for a couple weeks and there’s not one wasp in there, yet there are LOTS buzzing around my property (and giving me multiple anxiety attacks daily).

So…what to do?

I remembered quite some time ago reading about how to make your own wasp traps, but couldn’t find the article for all the specifics so I winged it this morning and this is how:

Cut off about 1/4 to 1/3 of the top of a bottle, and round up some vinegar, salt & sugar:

Then, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 to 3/4 cup of vinegar to the bottom of the bottle.

Shake it around to help the sugar & salt dissolve.

Flip the top (that you cut off previously) over and inset into the bottle, like so:

This makes it easy for the wasp to get in, but not out.

Cruel? Maybe. But as I said, I’m allergic and I value my life more than the lives of wasps so…this is just how it goes.

I’ve also heard they are attracted to beer so I made a couple smaller traps as well:

All three found homes outdoors.

I’ll keep you posted on how they work.

Pest control continues….



7 responses to “Homemade Wasp Traps

  • Russel Ray Photos

    Very interesting. I love it!

    • simplyeclecticlife

      I didn’t catch many wasps in these traps. Other bugs found their way in, but not out. I did notice, however, that there seemed to be fewer wasps buzzing around when I put the traps out so maybe word got out that I mean business!

  • Carol

    This was posted a year ago… I’d like to see an update on which one worked better.

    • simplyeclecticlife

      Hi Carol! Thank you for your request — actually neither of them trapped even one wasp or bee!! I was so disappointed but lesson was learned and I recommend just purchasing the traps at the store. They are inexpensive and effective!

      Thanks for your comment and dropping by the blog!

  • Julie

    I’ve made “traps” by simply putting sugar & water in a custard cup. Worked well for Yellow jackets. I’ll try using a plastic bottle cut in half next time. Please let me know if that works for you. Wasps aren’t too much of a problem where I live, but the yellow jackets drive me crazy

  • Glenn

    Bottle works great but use apple juice, sugar, and a drop of dish detergent to kill them faster. Getting 50 wasps a day in it. They go crazy for Apple juice. Bright color and sweet.

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