10 easy tips for a homemade wasp trap
Author: Clark Tos
Wasps come to disturb you during your meals on the terrace or in the garden? Discover 10 easy tricks for a wasp trap s home made.
Wasp trap: 10 tips for making one at a lower cost
A wast trap, wasp and hornet trap suspended in the garden Credit: Istock
Omnivores, Wasps are attracted to both meat and food. them sugary drinks . On sunny spring days, they do not hesitate to land on plates or meals. They also appreciate ripe fruit from the orchard, and can wreak havoc on plantations, not to mention the risks they pose to humans. Like the flies , wasps quickly become invasive if they frequent the outdoor living areas , disturbing at the same time the convivial moments spent in the garden or on the balcony. In these cases, it is necessary to act and adopt the right reflexes, especially if you notice the presence of a wasp nest in a tree. In fact, wasps and hornets can inflict painful stings, especially if they feel in danger. For put an end to the repeated attacks of wasps , more without removing the bees , there are natural ways as well as tricks to trap them. For most of them, these traps Naturally, they cannot overcome an entire colony or dislodge the queen, but they are effective in catching individuals who venture into your garden. Certain traps and products are particularly effective in trapping queens. Indeed, if the queen is eliminated, the colony will not be able to grow. Remember not to place the wasp trap near beehives to ensure the protection of this species.
Here are 10 easy tricks to discover to make a wasp trap s house and keep hornets and wasps away . All you need is a few bottles and some bait. Thanks to them, you will save the purchase price of a trap wasp trap or a repellent product. You can even eliminate other harmful insects while ensuring the protection of the bees that come to visit you from their hive.
The trap in the form of an inverted bottle
Images showing the making of an inverted bottle wast trap or wasp trap Credit: Istock
The inverted bottle is the best known version of handmade wasp and hornet trap. It is the one that has received the most favorable opinions for its simplicity. To make it, here is how to proceed:
- Using a cutter, cut a bottle of mineral water 15 cm from the neck, after removing the cork;
- Pour a liquid attractant into the lower part, such as beer, fruit juice, syrup or, failing that, any other sweet and flavored drink. If bees are among the insects that frequent your garden, you can place a piece of fish or meat at the bottom of the bottle, as these baits do not attract bees;
- Then place the part with the neck in the lower part so as to create a funnel;
- Pour a small amount of water so that the food does not dry out;
- If you want to hang the waste trap in a tree, create two small holes using a heated pointed piece of metal, then run a string through them.
The wasp trap in the form of a bottle with windows
Wasp trap suspended mineral water bottle, with openings on the sides Credit: Istock
This version of wasp trap also consists of using a plastic mineral water bottle , except that it is not cut in 2.
Take an empty bottle, close it with its cap.
Create rectangular openings on 2 or 3 sides, at the level of the upper third of the bottle. Do not cut the rectangles entirely, so as to create an awning for each window. As with the previous trap, place a liquid attractant or bait (piece of meat or fish) inside the bottle to attract wasps. For the device to be more effective, choose a cap in yellow, orange or fluo , or cover it with a neon colored adhesive. Wasps and hornets are particularly attracted to these colors.
Suspend a false nest that will serve as a decoy
Wasp nest Credit: Istock
Another way to eliminate wasps without using a trap is to place a false nest near the terrace or in the garden. Wasps may be deterred from approaching this area already taken by a “foreign colony”. For make the lure , nothing's easier :
- You need as ingredients: flour, sugar, water, newspaper, recycled kraft paper;
- The equipment: a balloon to inflate, a saucepan, a whisk.
Here are the steps to make the not :
- In the pan, pour a small glass of water, 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of flour;
- Place the pan over low heat then stir, add a little water little by little until the glue looks like a white sauce;
- Allow the glue to cool;
- Inflate the balloon;
- Once the glue has cooled, dip strips of newspaper into it;
- Glue these strips to the balloon until it is completely covered. Create several layers, then finish with a final layer based on kraft paper;
- Once the fake nest has dried, all you have to do is set it up, near your living area, ideally hanging in the trees.
Use coffee to deter wasps from coming
Fresh roasted coffee to naturally repel wasps Credit: Istock
It is known, Asian wasps and hornets don't like the smell of coffee . Opt for these natural solutions instead of a dedicated trap. In a small metal container, pour ground coffee that is still fresh (not used) and burn it on a small portable gas fire. The smell produced will quickly scare away unwanted insects. To keep them away from your living area, repeat the operation regularly.
Planting tomatoes in the garden or on the terrace
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The tomato plants are also known to be natural repellents for hornets, wasps and other pests such as mosquitoes. To ensure your peace of mind during your moments of relaxation and conviviality on the terrace or in the garden, plant a few tomato plants in strategic places. On the terrace, plant the tomatoes in flowerpots. If you have an orchard that grows tomatoes, you can also cut a few branches from them and place them on the table in your patio or garden. Wasps will not approach your resting area.
Use incense to repel wasps
Frankincense, a natural repellent for wasps Credit: Istock
Beyond its fragrant and beneficial properties, frankincense is also an effective repellent and can replace a wasp trap .Citrus and lemongrass are two aromas that wasps do not particularly like. For effective use, place incense near your garden or patio table to ward off hornets and wasps. Remember to have several in different places for more efficiency.
Repel wasps and hornets with
Cloves and lemon to repel wasps Credit: Istock
Take cloves, crush them coarsely, and place them in small containers in different places, around your garden table or on the terrace. The smell of cloves will keep wasps and other pests away from your living area. This tip is effective as a wasp repellent.
Essential oils as a repellent for wasps
Lavender essential oil, effective in repelling hornets and wasps Credit: Istock
The essential oils are useful on a daily basis to provide well-being and health, but not only. They are also excellent repellents for wasps. You can use essential oil of lavender, lemongrass or lavandin. If you have an essential oil diffuser, pour about ten drops into the water tank, then turn on the diffuser. It is also possible to pour 10 cl of water into a small spray bottle, and then add 10 drops of essential oil. Spray the mixture in all directions to deter wasps from frequenting the area.
Repel wasps with wildflowers
Wildflowers, other wasp repellents Credit: Istock
Wasps are particularly attracted to certain varieties of wildflowers. This is the case of sage, sunflower or cosmos. To keep wasps away from your patio or garden table, plant these wildflowers in a location away from your lounging area . Wasps will not approach you, but will be attracted to the flowers instead.
Onion or garlic to keep wasps away
Garlic to repel wasps and other pests Credit: Istock
The smell of garlic or onion scares away wasps , but also other harmful insects such as hornets. If you are barbecuing in the garden, peel some garlic or onion, then grill them with your fish, meat or vegetables. Wasps are fond of the smell of meat, place the grilled garlic near your grills to deter them from approaching it. You will avoid the purchase of a dedicated trap while repelling these insects.