Hornet Trap Homemade
Supplies Needed to make a free Homemade Trap-
Right now is the time to get going on making this! Early Spring but this will still effective anytime you have these darn buggers. Low Cost-make at home: After a lot research and using many commercial hornet traps like the yellow cone style (which do work) I decided to make homemade traps. Here is a low cost alternative using items from home, is all natural and easy to make at home.
I hate going outside to have a nice dinner on the patio when my family gets bombarded with hornet/wasp immediately. Hornets love meat the most. My girls are deathly scared of the nasty buggers.
My one daughter stepped onto a hornet nest while walking in very tall grass. The hornets began to attack her. They stung her on her hands, face and neck. My husband carried her out of the area. My daughter was wearing a winter jacket and long pants, thank god. She only got stung where she had exposed skin. My other daughter was walking close behind her and got stung as well. My father-in-law rushed her out of the area where they all jumped into the truck with wasp still stuck to their clothing and hair. I was walking far enough back with my son that I avoided the swarm and jumped over another fence to get us to the truck. What a nightmare that was.
Supplies needed for homemade trap:
plastic gallon jug with lid
frozen salmon,other fish, or meat
waterCut a section out of the of a gallon jug. Add tap water up to about 1-2" below the opening in the jug. Add a few squirts of dishsoap (about 2 tablespoons). Mix gently. This will help break the surface tension on the water surface. The hornets will drown and not float on top.
Next, wrap thin wire around a piece of fish. Twist wire around the fish in any fashion as to secure the chunck of fish. Hornets will get really happy to get this free and easy food source. The fish will start to thaw. I use frozen fish to start out with. It cuts easily and the wire wraps around it nicely.
What makes these greedy suckers drown is they grab onto such a big hunk of fish that they can't make it out of the jug and drop into the water. Some wasp will manage to fly away with their portion. They go to their nest and tell their friends about the fish. On a good day I get about 20-30 hornets in the water. I re-bait and start again. Its better to get a handle on the population early in the season. This seems to help around our house. Even helps reduce the population for the next year.
PHOTO CLOSE UP OF JUG
More detailed directions.
Photo close up cut-out on jug
Cut out section opposite of the handle. I just flipped up the cut out section. It can also be completely cut off. I have experimented with all types of meat, including raw and cooked hamburger, steak, and raw bacon. The fish stays together the best and captured the most hornets. I buy fish from the local native American tribe close to my home. I can buy a whole salmon sometimes for $5.00 a piece.
Fish is hanging from the wire. The wire is secured by running a piece of it up through the next of the bottle & putting on the lid.
Hang the fish about 1" from the surface of the water. Wasps need more "take off" area to escape. They try to fly away only to take a dip from the weight of their fish chunk. This is very interesting to watch. But don't get too close. Having it outside a window is one way to view this trap in action.
More Information regarding wasp/yellow jacket/hornet
- Bee and Wasp Sting Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment on eMedicineHealth.com
Learn about bee and wasp stings. Bees and wasps inject a poisonous venom that can lead to an allergic reaction. About 40 deaths are reported each year from insect venom anaphylaxis.
- Wasp Stings - all you need to know
Wasp, bee, ant and insect stings and bites cause allergic reactions that can be very dangerous - learn about precautions, treatment and the insects on this well resourced website.
- Get rid of the Queen Bee!
Informative article from www.getridofthings.com.
- Other ways to use a Plastic Milk Jug
Barbi is linking to this article!! Read her blog about "40 uses for a Plastic Milk Jug" See use # 33.
- Natural Wasp Control
More information on the habits of the hornet. Very informative.
- Plastic Soda Bottle Wasp Hornet
Plastic Soda Bottle Wasp and Flying Insect Trap for all ages: Recycle empty soda bottles into giant safe, odor free Wasp, Hornet, Yellow Jackets Traps.
Honey Bee's are NOT WASP/Hornets
They are our friends.
I have copied a comment from BeeKeeperKeith regarding the honey bees:
Please remember ... bees are not hornets (or wasps). Honey bees do not sting unless threatened or injured (they can only sting once and then die so they go out of their way NOT to sting). Other bees are also very docile but can sting multiple times. They are curious creatures that will investigate just about anything which sopmetimes frightens people who don't know what they are doing. Wasps and hornets on the other hand are mean critters that go out of their way to attack and can sting many times and still live to tell about it. Honey bees do not like meat, only eating pollen and nectar, so this trap is a good one to use not to hurt them. Honey bees are pretty smart. My bees come to greet me when I go to the hives and will land on me and sit very contentedly (I only wear a Tshirt and shorts so they will remember my smell) while I watch them in return. Please be friends with the honey bees ... they mean no harm.
Trap sitting out on our deck.
I like to keep my traps "away" from people. Like about 20 yards away. My husband and I disagree on where traps should be in relation to people. This trap is about 11 feet from my back door. I feel like having the traps "close" attract them too close to our house. I guess they are already too close in my opinion. I also put some farther away from our deck.
Other protein source that can be used is raw bacon. I didn't find this as effective but try what you have on hand and experiment. Towards the end of the summer apparently the wasp/hornets like sweetness. This website has a great idea for making another homemade trap which similar to the commercial style and uses honey for the end of the summer trapping. http://eartheasy.com/live_natwasp_control.htm
How Does this work?
A hornet or wasp munches on the meat, chewing off a piece, and upon attempting to fly out of the trap, takes a slight nose dive before getting airborn, and BAM!, they fall in the water. The soapy solution breaks the surface tention making them drown. A few get away, which is good. They go to their nest and tell their buddies to come to your trap for more goodies.
Racquet Zapper - Awesome Bug Zapper and Really Works for those Stray Buggers!
For Added Protection use this Tennis Racquet style zapper. I use this all the time in my house or on the deck.
This was being used outside a doorway in the back of the kids school.
This trap is baited for hundreds of fly species which are most common in agricultural areas - including house flies, false stable flies, blow flies, blue and green bottle flies, flesh flies, face flies and many others.
Designed to handle areas with heavy fly concentrations
Powder attractant is contained within the trap itself
Attractant dissolves and activates quickly when water is added to the bag
Trap's design eliminates touching the bait or the flies
Holds up to 40,000 flies (yes, we counted them all!)
This summer we have only had a couple of bees hanging around...I guess staying on top of this hornet killing procedure reduces your population (from around your home) the following years.
Update: September 2009-didn't need my trap until a couple of weeks ago. I used my sewing thread and needle instead of the wire. Sewed in and around a cooked chicken leg. I got a ton drowned bees/hornets!!!