Wasps help fertilise gardens and keep harmful insect and parasite numbers down, however with this said you don’t want to catch too many of them flying around your garden whist your trying to enjoy it! And you definitely don’t want a nest close by.
You can deter wasps from building a nest in your garden by setting traps in the early spring when the queens emerge and are looking for nesting sites, traps can be used throughout the summer as well to help keep numbers down that are flying around your garden whist you are trying to enjoy a BBQ.
You can save money on wasp traps by simply building your own. Chances are you already have everything you need lying around the house.
What You Will Need
- Permanent Marker
- Two litre drinks bottle
- Wire or string
- Something sweet, sugar, jam, juice etc..
- Mark where you cut – use the permanent marker to draw a line around the neck of the bottle.
- Cut the top off the bottle – Carefully remove the top of the bottle cutting along the line you just drew with a sharp knife, box cutter or sharp scissors.
- Put Bait In – Use an enticing food source for the wasps at the bottom of the bottle. Different baits work better at different times of year, so during the spring and early summer wasps are looking for protein so meat will work well and late summer to autumn wasps are looking for something sweet so jams and fruit juices will work well. If you pop in a bit of vinegar this will help keep bees out of your trap.
- Finish Trap -To finish the trap you need to remove the lid of the bottle and turn the topside of the bottle upside down and place it in the bottom part of the trap, once done it will be ready to use.
- Set The Trap – Place your trap or traps, outside wherever you see wasp activity or where you would like to keep them away from to help prevent wasp activity.
- Hang the trap – if you would like to hang your trap from a tree or structure then create two holes in the top of the trap at opposite sides ensuring to go through both the top and bottom portion of the trap, then tread a piece of string or wire through the holes to create a handle. Then hand where necessary.
How the Trap Works
Wasps are attracted to the smell of the bait, they will climb down the narrow opening and then won’t be able to get back out, eventually they will die and if the trap has liquid inside this will cause them to drown.