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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Adrienne Carrie Hubbard | Crafty Little Gnome
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  • 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.

  • Doc's Mom Doc's Mom on Jun 28, 2021

    I hope you got rid of those! Sounds like you had what we call ground bees. I know this was posted 9 months ago but if anyone else is having this problem, ground bees are best dealt with around dusk when they have returned to their nest in the ground. You need to find where they have gone to during the day and once they are in the nest, liberally spray it with something. I use Raid Hornet Spray that allows you to spray from a distance (20 ft. +). Making sure it was sprayed on top of the entrance and all around it, I think I used the whole can! It was worth it...NO MORE BEES came out of that nest ever again and any of the drones that might not have been in the nest (doubtful) would never enter. I've tried other brands but always go back to Raid for the best results.