Wasp Trap DIY

I am often looking on the web for neat ideas to try and sometimes I even look through pinterest for ideas. There have been many times where I have seen a “green” way of making a wasp trap. I like the idea of this as it would be like a set it and forget it type thing and I would not have to seek out nests and spray with a bunch of chemicals.

In my readings I discovered that there are two kinds of bait to use when trapping wasps. There is the protein bait which is to be used in the Fall and heading into Winter, then there is the sweet bait to be used in the Spring and Summer months.

The protein type baits can be meat and the sweet bait can be fruit juices and fruit chunks, some have used vinegar and sugar or even sugar water.

To build one you can use a 2 litre plastic drink bottle and you cut the top off and flip it making like a funnel into the rest of the container. Drop your bait in there and let it catch all the nasty pesky wasps.

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I have tried this twice, once in the Fall and now in the Summer and I can tell you that for me both times I was trying to catch yellow jackets and red wasps and it did not work either time I tried it.

Here is a short video to show you.

So if you have had better luck, or can show me what I am doing wrong, please leave a comment below on this page or in the comments on the youtube video.

Thanks for watching.


#1 justin on 04.09.15 at 9:15 pm

Hi i also have heard of using protein for bait for yellow jacket and for wasp i heard a mixture of
6oz of beer
8 oz of water
And like 4 tbs og jam
Have u tried these if so do they work? Also i heard to hang them. Get back at me

#2 Susan on 07.08.15 at 9:48 am

I’m trying a mixture of Dawn dish soap waterand peppermint oil in a spray bottle. They say to spray either at night or early in the morning. They’re taking over my shed where I have to park my lawn mower. It’s seems like it’s worth a try. and the trap should be a mixture of sugar and water boiled together. Let cool then pour into soda bottle trap and sit it by the nest. Hope it works.

#3 Michale on 09.06.15 at 12:29 pm

Use the beer recipe given above. The wasps are attracted to the fermented fruit juice, no chunks. As for the yellow jackets, they prefer meat, so they won’t pay any attention to the wasp traps and unfortunately I can’t offer any advice on DIY trap for yellow jackets.
Good luck!

#4 Michale on 09.06.15 at 12:33 pm

P.S. be sure to fill the trap to within 2″ of the bottle mouth opening so they fall in quick.

#5 DEEZE on 04.19.16 at 5:17 pm

Try placing your trap underneath the deck where’s the WASP nests are and then check a few days later you should have some wash in the Trap by then, remember to wait a few days before checking

#6 jeff on 05.18.16 at 11:06 am

i know, old news … Try The beer recipe, you need your fruit juice to be fermenting. They are naturally attracted to “ripening fruit.”

#7 lorna on 08.22.16 at 7:13 pm

To keep wasps away get a spray bottle, put in 1 Tab pepperment extract and 4 cups water, spray in area you don’t want them around any more, wasps hate pepperment and this will keep them away from the area you spray, as far as an attractant you can mix sweet wine and a good amount of sugar , rubbing a little jelly on the underside of the jar lid with a small hole for entry. The experiment for this information you can see on my facebook page which I just posted today , but I have 2 facebook pages due to a error problem so check both out , one I’m feeding a goat in my home picture , the other is a family picture at my daughters wedding . They are both under lorna thompson .

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