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How to Make a Chemical Free Wasp Trap

Updated on September 5, 2012

Wasps are interesting insects that play a valuable role in agriculture. However when they take over a space to a point where it becomes too dangerous for adults and children, something has to be done. When children and pets are going to be in an area its best not to use chemicals. This is why when controlling wasps its best to make this chemical free trap.

The trap is very simple to make, and it only takes 2-5 minutes tops. It seems silly but once the wasps fly in, attracted by a sugary water, they can't seem to figure out how to fly back out. This trap can be adjusted to either just trap or trap and kill the wasps. It calls for honey or syrup mixed with water as a bait. Add very little water and they wasps will simply be trapped and you can take them somewhere else to be released. Please do this very carefully as I can imagine they would be very angry! Add more water and they will drown in the sugar water, leaving you a bottle of dead wasps you can simply throw away.

You will need...

  • 2 liter soda bottle
  • Razor/ box knife
  • Tape
  • Syrup or Honey
  • Water

Carefully cut the bottle.

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Looking at your bottle decide where the top stops curving and becomes strait like the rest of the bottle. About 1/2-1 inch into the strait is where you want to make your cut. Carefully use your razor blade to cut all around the bottle until the top and bottom are as shown in the picture.

Making the bait.

Just syrup
Just syrup

You want to create a sweet smelling nectar for them. Use Honey or syrup mixed with water.

As described above you can adjust the amount of water to either trap or kill them. More water equals easier to drown. Only put about an inch worth of bait. Too close to the opening and they might figure out how to escape.

Equal parts syrup and water
Equal parts syrup and water

Putting it together

Yellow Jacket nest
Yellow Jacket nest

Turn the top of the bottle upside down and place into the bottom. Press down to make sure its a tight fit and no wasps can escape the sides. If you want place a small piece of tape or two on the edges to secure in place.

Put your trap on the ground, on a table, or in a flower pot around where you see a lot of wasps. Check your trap every day or two. Empty and replace bait as needed.

After your trap has taken care of a lot of the wasps you can knock down their nests. Do this carefully as its unlikely you've trapped every single wasp. Look for their nest under the eaves of houses or structures, holes in the ground, in and under furniture or play things, etc...

A Note on Bait.

Sometimes wasps aren't just looking for nectar. They also feed protein to their young. If what they're searching for is protein a sugar bait won't work very well. If your trap isn't working try other baits. Honey, pancake syrup, corn syrup... also try adding a piece of beef or canned tuna. The beef or tuna has to be sticking out of the syrup in order to work. Empty and refill your trap every day to every few days.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      It has been long enough now, let's see if by resurrecting this one we can get a comment from a Hubber who made one of these as to how it worked for them. Then others who read this can make several to be ready for spring.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Vespa ^_^ I didn't know most of that either until I did the research for this hub. I feel for your parents, I'm in the same boat... but I'll be armed this summer with several of these traps!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This sounds like an easy and effective trap. You never know when you'll need it! Where I grew up, my parents were always combatting wasp nests in our play area. I scored 83% of the test, so I guess I have more to learn! I was surprised that wasps search for protein and will eat meat and tuna. Fascinating!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Melbelle ^_^ Thank you! I hope this helps your mom, they're no fun!

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      melbelle 5 years ago from Southern United States

      Thanks for the info. I am sending this to my mom who has ton of these critters every summer around her house.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Daisy! I hope this helps you. If there are a lot in your yard try making a few ^_^

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sasha,

      As someone who is allergic to the stings of several insects, including wasps, I thank you for writing this very helpul, useful article.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thanks for your wonderful comment tillsontitan! I hope this helps you!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      This is the bomb! So simple, yet so effective. My problem with wasps is keeping them out of the hummingbird feeders...you're a genius.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Wow, Rajan you are just too kind! Thank you very much for your continued support ^_^

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      What an easy way to do it and yet I bet not many could have thought of it.

      Thanks for sharing this useful and easy way of making a chemical free wasp bait.

      Voted up, useful and awesome.

      Sharing it on G+1 and pinned.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thanks Tom! Your votes are greatly appreciated!! You asked a great question, of course I would comment ^_^

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      Tom Vogler 5 years ago from The Shenandoah Valley

      This is a great hub. Voted up and useful. Also thank you for commenting on my question.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Shaini for the comment ^_^

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      shalini sharan 5 years ago from Delhi

      this is really useful and innovative,thank you for sharing it

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you very much midget ^_^ Greatly appreciated. Yellow Jacket wasps are very abundant where I live :/

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Very useful, Kim! Will share this, especially if you happen to live in places where wasps tend to populate. Will share.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you Eric. I can't take credit for the ingenuity as I learned this from a friend who learned from a friend and so forth.

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      Eric Dunbar 5 years ago from New Orleans

      This is very ingenious Mama Kim. I will definitely build one of these tomorrow.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Leahlefler, Thank you! I'm so happy you like it, I hope it works as well for you as it does for me ^_^

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      This is a fantastic hub! I am definitely trying this - such a simple idea and it will work perfectly around our deck and by our pool. Such a simple and practical wasp trap!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Donnah, Thank you so very much^_^ Hehe, I know how that goes!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Awesome. Thank you! I have been avoiding my deck this summer, as I hate dodging the wasps flying around. I will try this. Voted up and sharing :)