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Types of Wasp Traps

The warm weather, sunshine and long days of summer is the perfect time not only for enjoying the outdoors, but it is also the time for wasps and considering wasp traps. Wasps are known for being aggressive and they have a very painful sting. Wasps are not pests that you want hanging around in your yard and the more effective your wasp traps the better. If they are spotted on a regular basis, then there is a wasp nest somewhere nearby. If you cannot find and destroy the nest then wasp traps are absolutely essential.

There are different types of traps for dealing with Wasps. There are the traps that can be bought, but there are also ways to make homemade traps. There are two very easy traps that are made from a two liter bottle, one sits on the ground and the other can be hung from a tree or any other area. To make the trap, cut the bottle with a sharp knife right below where the sides become an even width, creating a funnel from the top part of the bottle. Some ideas for wasp bait are; wine, maple syrup diluted with water, beer, fruit juice, jam dissolved in water, pop, or any sweet liquid.

The hanging wasp trap is similar, although two bottles are needed instead of one. Take one bottle and cut off a few inched of the bottom. Then take the second two litter bottle and cut off the top part, where the widths become the same, like in the trap above. At the top of the bigger bottler piece puncture two small holes on either side to put string in to hang. Make sure that the string or yarn is strong enough to hold the trap once it is filled with the bait. Seal the wholes where the string is with duct tape to prevent the wasps from escaping through them. Put the smaller bottle piece inside of the larger piece and secure the edges with duct tape. Lastly fill it with bait and hang.

The above ideas will work in trapping wasps, just be sure to empty the traps every couple of days at least and to refill the bait as needed. Do not fill the traps too full, there needs to be enough room for the wasps to fly into the hole and down into the liquid in the bottom.