DIY Wasp Trap

4 Materials
20 Minutes

This homemade wasp trap with help get rid of annoying wasps, hornets and other flying, stinging pests. Save yourself and your family from stings this summer by crafting this homemade wasp trap from a a plastic pop bottle.This homemade wasp trap will work for all types of wasps and hornets and best of all- it’s safe for bees! These insects are attracted to sweet foods or decaying materials, so eliminate any food source. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are extremely attracted to the sugar in some beverages.

Supplies needed
  • 2 liter pop bottle
  • Knife or scissors
  • Sweet beverage like pop or juice
  • Vinegar
  • Raw meat or a piece of hot dog for bait.
  • Dish soap
  • String or wire to hang it
  • Tape
Cut off the top of the bottle

Pour in one cup of juice or full sugar soda. Add a tiny squirt of dish soap. Add a capful of vinegar. Vinegar is what will deter bees. We only want to get rid of wasps and not bees and other friendly pollinators.

Add the meat

Place the meat product into the solution

Flip the top of the bottle and put it back on

This will make a funnel into the solution. Use a little duct tape if necessary to secure it. Poke holes in each side of the bottle and string through a piece of yarn.

Hang the trap

Hang the trap about 4 ft off the ground. Change the solution weekly or when it gets too full of wasps. Be careful when you are discarding the solution that you don't get stung.

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Cheryl
    on Jul 1, 2020

    Would this work for flies?

  • Patti
    on Aug 4, 2020

    How does a person kill knats in the home

    • Shelly
      on Aug 14, 2020

      Take a small plastic container ( I use a jello or pudding snack pack) fill about a third with apple cider vinegar and a couple drops of dawn dish soap, warm in microwave. Cover with plastic wrap. Take a toothpick and poke several small holes. Place where you're seeing the knats.

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2 of 5 comments
  • Mad49432648
    on Aug 17, 2020

    Fly traps and they work great

  • Kelli Cook
    Kelli Cook
    on Sep 27, 2020

    I have many yellow jackets, they attacked me last week! I’ll give this a go. Apparently little buggars live in ground.

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