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Monday, April 22, 2013

Homemade Wash Trap

We have a huge issue with bees, wasps and hornets around here in the summer. The woman who lives next door is elderly and they tend to next in her eves. So if you go out on my back deck, you'll see them buzzing around and a few times a day, they tend to chase everyone inside. So I am making a few of these to help keep everyone happy and safe!

1) Cut the neck off a plastic pop bottle.
2) Remove the bottle cap and flip the neck upside down and place it in the bottle opening that you just cut.
3) Tape together using packing tape or duct tape.
4) Bait the trap. The easiest is sugar and water, but I've also read that meat works well in the spring and early summer because wasps are attracted to protein, or other options are sugar and water, water and vinegar, beer, soda, even laundry detergent. 

**Adding petroleum jelly or cooking oil along the steep edges of the trap can cause them to lose their footing and fall into the hole.
5) Hang the trap by either taping a string to it, or affixing a screw that you can use to hang.
6) Empty the trap - but first make sure the wasps are dead by pouring boiling water in or freezing. Personally, I'll just dispose of entire trap and make a new one.


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