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Hornet Trap Homemade

Updated on July 01, 2011

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

dish soap

wire

frozen salmon,other fish, or meat

water

Cut 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.

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.

RESCUE! BFTD Non-Toxic Big Bag Fly Trap
RESCUE! BFTD Non-Toxic Big Bag Fly Trap

This was being used outside a doorway in the back of the kids school.

Item Description:

Product Description

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

Completely disposable

Holds up to 40,000 flies (yes, we counted them all!)

 

It Works!

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!!!

Reader Feedback - Let others know what you think and Comment Below. Thank You.!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks, i will give it a try

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Me and epipen strolling in the summer sun

      "Now arriving :" Mr. Yellow Jacket!!

      Deep breathing, Don't swack it!!

      Quiet arms, Let it walk

      Do not run, No noise or talk

      Mr. B takes off from suntanned arm

      Stinger sheathed, No venom'd harm

      Anaphlyaxis diverted, victory won!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice site! Incidentally, the Polistes or "Paper Nest" wasp is a major preditor of butterfly larva and chrysalids (pupa). If you like butterflies or have a butterfly garden this wasp can be considered a pest. I cultivate several species of butterflies.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      excellent! just what i needed to know with materials i already have. thanks!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for the info

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just made two traps from the inverted 2 liter bottles because it is only April and I have hornets already. I am in Western NY. I used turkey lunch meat and twist tied it around the top of the bottle. Hope it works!

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      emaddog 8 years ago

      Interesting Advice i will use it wait. I do you use it

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      fish!?!?!?!?!

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      emaddog 8 years ago

      This inspires me to dot he same love work go girl

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm going to try thi in the spring. I very allergic so I need to be proactive. Anyway of keeping them away from my above ground pool?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      NONE

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am definitely going to try it. It was thinking of making a baited trap that has a dark opening for the hornets to get in but not easy to see from the inside once they are in. And then a big plastic window so that they will just die trying to get out the window of exertion and dehydration. They are too stupid to remember how they got in.

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      mystic junction 7 years ago

      So glad to hear that! I changed mine up a little this season. I couldn't find my wire so I used sewing thread and needle and went right through a cooked chicken leg.("sewed" in and out and all around to secure it and left the needle and thread just hanging up through the top).. I got at least 50 bees in two days! [in reply to Grumpy Rob] Picture to follow....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We have been trapped inside our home because of those nasty fliers. With 2 young kids, we don't want to have them get stung. We are making several of these traps tomorrow!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for this! I just made one and put it outside so hopefully I get a bunch!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I built one using the jug technique using fresh shrimp. I have two nearby below nest and haven't had any killing results as of yet.. I think i have giant hornets for they have dark abdomens with three white stripes and are about 1 1/2 inches long and the queen flying around is way over 2 inches in length. Spraying them with 15 ft bursts has little or no effect on them.with insecticide type wasp sprays. Am I using the wrong bait or fish??

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you pointing this out to possible readers. I will make sure that my article clarifies the difference between the bee and the hornets. I love my honey bees and I do not want anyone to think we are out to "get em." They help the world go round.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I certianly would try shrimp if I had it. I have tried many types of meat fresh, frozen, and cooked, but the raw frozen fish worked the best. I would think the shrimp would have the same appeal.

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      Master_the_Music 5 years ago

      I made a milk gallon trap per your recommendation. I hope it works. I also made a water trap out of a plastic water bottle. To increase my success, I think, I covered the two traps in bright yellow duct tap. What inspired that idea is learning that wasps/hornets like the color yellow. Plus every trap you can buy at the store is yellow. I feel so clever!

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      mystic junction 5 years ago

      @Master_the_Music: What a great idea by adding YELLOW to the trap. Love it.. Thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi,Is the meat hung above the water or slightly in it?& doesn't it get very stinky?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Could u let me know if I put out wasp traps filled with sugar water, honey bees won't be affected will they? I don't want to harm them, they have enough problems with all of the agriculture chemicals and pesticides people use. :( Thanks

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      mystic junction 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The meat is approx 1-2" above the water.

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      mystic junction 5 years ago

      @Master_the_Music: Yes, that is very clever. Great idea. Report back.

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      mystic junction 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hmm, good question...I have only used water (with dish soap). I have never used sugar or something sweet in my solution. I agree, that we DO NOT want to harm our precious bee's.

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      mystic junction 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have the best success using a chunk of frozen raw fish. I have also used whatever raw meat is on hand, but the fish has worked the best. I have never tried fresh shrimp. The weight of the frozen fish is perfect, the hornets can hang on without it swinging around.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent! This took minutes to assemble and within 5 more minutes of being set outside I watched my first pesky Vespidae drown! Note: A drop of soap is enough to break the surface tension and twist-ties work okay for the wire. Second note: What prompted me to set this trap up was the wasps that were fighting on my air conditioner vents by my balcony. It's been an hour or so after I got the first wasp, and I'm starting to wonder if I got the queen, as the others have left suddenly. In an Entomology class we learned some Vespidae (hornets, wasps, etc) are all sisters and one is the queen, who rules by intimidation and bullying (e.g. what I observed on my air conditioner). Pure speculation, but the fact that they disappeared after I caught just one is strange. Third note: For awhile the wasp was only interested in the brightly colored cap, but maybe that's what drew her in.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Trying this with venison sausage pinned to the inside of the container (no wire to be found.

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