How to Turn a 2-Liter Pop Bottle Into Your Own Killer Wasp and Hornet Trap
Reclaim Your Yard
As spring comes along and we start preparing our gardens for the coming summer, we begin to spend more and more time outside. One thing that can ruin a beautiful and relaxing warm spring day is a new hatch of female hornets looking for a place to nest.
The purpose of this article is to give all those nasty hornets a place to rest... rest in peace that is! Muah-ha-ha-ha!
The purpose of this article is to instruct people who would like reclaim their outdoor spaces on how to trap and kill hornets and wasps. If you are an adamant nature lover or take any offence to killing hornets or wasps I am sorry. I myself have a young child and a wife who was stung as a child. So I must remove these creatures from my families' outdoor living space. They may be beneficial to nature by controlling the population of other insects, but they can go and be beneficial elsewhere.
For those of you who do not want to be attacked and stung by those fittle luckers, keep in mind that the traps mentioned in this hub are not meant to trap honey bees. Honey bee populations are down and we need them to pollinate our crops. The use of vinegar is meant to repel the bees while still attracting the wasps and hornets.
Why This Article Exsists
It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning. The temperature was a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius and I was ready to start cleaning up the yard and planning my garden for the upcoming season when I spot them, It looked like about five or six hornets buzzing around the electrical hookup attached to my house! As I went closer to the activity the hornets would swoosh by really close, so I backed off.
Bummer. The rest of my day was spent planning what I should do to fix the problem. So off to the internet for answers. I came across many wasp traps made from pop bottles. I decided to try re-create one of the more elaborate ones I had seen.
Make Your Own Trap For Free (Almost)
The trap I went with proved to be very effective, and easy to make. It consists of a 2 liter pop bottle as the body with some left over PEX tubing I had lying around. The PEX is not very expensive and you could improvise and use something similar
The bait is the key to the success of this trap. I used half a cup of warm water, half a cup of apple juice, a quarter cup of white vinegar, lots of sugar (three or four teaspoons), a few cat food morsels, and some thin slices of hot dog (They say to use raw meat but that is all I had at the time). The key ingredient of this whole trap is to use one drop... ONE DROP of dish soap. Insects can usually land on top of water and not sink in because their low mass does not pierce the skin of the waters's surface. The dish soap removes the surface tension of the water and causes the hornets to fall right through the surface and deep into the water thus making them drown.
You should smear some vinegar around the entry points to discourage any passing honey bees from entering. I also poked some holes around the entry points to allow the smell to travel to the hornets.
Skeptical about the whole thing, I placed my trap outside, near where all the hornets were buzzing and went back in the house to get ready to go to the store to buy some kind of bug spray or something. When I came back a little while later there were one or two hornets already in the trap, floating in the water! There were four to five more sniffing around the holes on the outside, so naturally I had to stay and watch. They seemed to be fighting each other to get into the holes, as if they were trying to secure the food for themselves. I could be mistaken, but these could possibly have been female hornets looking for a place to nest and become queens? In which case I have made a queen trap!
As soon as the hornets enter the trap they seem to want to get out right away but cannot seem to find the hole. They seem to almost find it then abandon their path and fly around frantically. Once they hit the water they seem to be irritated by it, they immediately start rubbing at their body with their legs and eventually drop into the pool and just stop moving altogether.
Awesome! This project has satisfied the 10 year old boy within me, as well as secured the yard for my family to spend time in without fear of being stung.
My very first creation I tried was a huge success. I caught six hornets in a two hour period without spending money on chemical bug sprays that could be harmful to humans.
You should try it.
Making the Trap
The construction is really simple... parts required are a 2 liter pop bottle, and some short pieces of pipe. Tools I used were box cutter type knife and a marker.
With the marker, trace holes on the bottle with the end of the pipe to know exactly what size holes to cut in the bottle. The pipes then need to be cut to the width of the bottle and have an opening grooved out of them. The pipes are then pushed into the bottle openings with the pipes' openings pointed towards the top. If you have a hot glue gun, you can hot glue the pipes to the bottle to ensure that the pipes don't come out of their openings potentially releasing angry wasps.
That's it. Fill the bottom two or three inches with the excellent bait recipe mentioned above,being sure to smear vinegar at the openings to repel beneficial honey bees, and watch the wasps and hornets plunge to their deaths!
I have also made small 1/8" holes around the openings to let the smell of the vinegar, sugar and raw meat to travel and attract the unwanted insects into the trap
My next trap will have three pipes and the lowest pipe will be two inches away from the water of death below. I noticed the hornets snoop around the trap from the bottom up and usually enter the lower entrance first. So if your entry tubes are lower you will catch them quicker. My trap was placed on the railing of my deck and caught a total of eight hornets before being blown to the ground by strong winds on the following night, so it may be better if it were hung from somewhere.
Now that my yard is free from hornets, my family and I will be able to enjoy the deck again! Now if only it would stop raining...
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Ardot