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How To Get Rid Of Wasps

Updated on February 13, 2010

At last, you've finally completed your pre-barbecue tasks for the upcoming holiday. You bought enough meat to feed a small country. The buns are fresh and the propane tank is full. The cooler is loaded with juice and soda for the little ones, and it's got enough beer in it to make your brother-in-law overstay his welcome.

Everything is running smoothly, except for that wasp nest in the corner of your yard. We don't want the kids to get stung by a wasp while playing, and we certainly don't need that drunk brother-in-law swallowing one from inside his beer can. Heck, his face is red enough already. So let's get these party crashing wasps out of here. It's really safe and easy, and will only take a few minutes. Here's how:

  1. Grab a beer. Slow down cowboy! You can take a swig, but don't finish it. You see, wasps like beer more than we do (if that's possible) so we're gonna save some and lure them into the can.
  2. Find some string. Grab whatever is lying around the house. Dental floss, fishing line, or an old shoelace will work just fine.
  3. Hang the beer can. Tie your string to the can's tab and hang the beer can from a tree limb or fence post near the wasps' home or hangout.
  4. Let the wasps kill themselves. Wasps are attracted to beer, and they will fly into the can. Once inside the can they will drown.

Getting rid of wasps with a beer can is safe and easy. I would not recommend any sort of hands-on approach. Wasps may seem friendly at times, but how would you react if someone attempted to evict you and your family from your home?

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What's your story? Have you ever been stung by a wasp? Do  you have another way of getting rid of them? Is your garden currently infested with wasps? Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments section below.


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      Billy 22 months ago

      Incredible! Hung a few beer cans on my deck and it worked like a charm. Wasp problem solved thanks Dave!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      While perusing your list of hubs this one reminded me that I have a wasp's nursery stuck to the bottom of my sliding patio door going out onto my balcony.

      I read that they will desert the nursery in the late fall or winter, and so I waited hoping they will leave and I can just knock the nest down. So far they're still there, though fewer of them, but this is Texas (I'm a Yankee) and I wonder if it ever gets cold enough for them to desert the nest entirely.

      I don't want to go out on the balcony at all while they're there, and fortunately I rarely have a reason to go out there anyway. This method for getting rid of them that you have is intriguing. But you know that wasps eat lots of the bugs we don't like, right? I'm not crazy about the possibility of getting stung either, but if I can remove the nest without harming them and with no drama, that sure would be nice.

      Anyway, I found this article very interesting and a definite standby plan if the wasps don't just leave on their own so I can get rid of their abode. Really appreciate you sharing this backup plan and I'm voting this hub up and interesting.

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      Duce Arendell 6 years ago

      I put a koi pond in my backyard last summer, and for some reason it seemed to attract wasps. They would swarm around the pond all summer long and really became a nuisance. Luckilly nobbody got stung. Hopefully this summer won't get so bad, but if it does I'll be armed with a can of beer!

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      Barkley Rosehill 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Hey Dave, I'm happy to hear that you've exterminated the wasp infestation in your backyard. It's amazing how fast this beer can method attracts and kills them!

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      Dave Cald 7 years ago

      Thanks Barkley! I had a wasp problem in my back yard last week, and was looking for a way to get rid of them before my Labor Day BBQ, and stumbled upon this page. I took the advice and tied a can of beer up in the tree, and another hanging off the gutter. Problem Solved...Your a party saver!