Too often, wasps invite themselves during meals outside. Indeed, these insects are attracted by the smell of barbecue, juice, or fruit placed on the garden table. They usually cause a feeling of panic in both adults and children. Here are some tips to help keep them away effectively.
Easily make your own homemade wasp trap
In addition to the various tips that help ward off invading insects such as wasps, it is also possible to trap them to get rid of them. The principle of wasp traps is to attract them with a sweet liquid and prevent them from coming out.
There are two types of wasp traps that are easy to make: the classic trap and the window trap. In both cases, essential materials and tools are available in the market. You need to bring:
- a transparent plastic bottle ;
- a very sharp cutter;
- string or wire.
Classic wasp trap
For this trap, a knitting needle and a lighter are needed. It should be noted that this type of wasp trap is effective, although it is easy to perform. Here’s how to do it:
- Remove the cap from the plastic bottle.
- Using the sharp cutter, cut the upper part over its entire diameter to a third of its height to obtain a funnel.
- With the lighter’s flame, heat the tip of the knitting needle and make 4 holes evenly distributed at the top of the lower part of the bottle split in two. The trap will be hung on a branch, for example, and these holes will be used for its suspension.
- Insert string or wire through the holes.
- Fill the lower part of the bottle with the solution that will serve as bait: a mixture of beer and fruit juice ( apple juice in particular), a mixture of beer and jam, or even a mixture of beer and syrup fruits such as blackcurrant, redcurrant … A sweet bait without beer, syrup or lovely water is also effective.
- Then fit the funnel at the bottom of the bottle, neck down.
- Place the trap not far from where the meal is taken or in the orchard.
Window trap for wasps
This type of trap is also easy to make. Indeed, it has the advantage of not filling with rainwater, which dilutes the bait and reduces its effectiveness.
- Unlike the classic trap, you do not have to remove the cap from the bottle.
- Make 3 or 4 awning windows on its upper part.
- Fill the container with liquid, as listed previously, which will serve as the bait.
- Wrap the string around the stopper to hang the trap.
- Place the trap not far from the meal area or in the orchard.
A yellow or fluorescent orange cap (colors that attract wasps) and string or adhesive tape in these colors optimize the trap’s effectiveness.