How to Get Rid of Wasps in Your Grass

Updated February 21, 2017

Finding a wasp nest in your grass is an intimidating prospect. Unlike a hanging nest, you don't know it's there until you stumble upon it while doing a little yard work. If you have happened upon an underground nest, you are most likely dealing with yellow jackets. Also known as the "meat bee," they require large amounts of protein during the larvae growing stage. Of the different types of wasps, the yellow jacket is one of the more aggressive types when defending their nest. However, there are steps you can take to get rid of wasps in your grass.

Cut off the top of an empty 2-liter soda bottle with your scissors or a sharp knife. Make sure to cut low enough that the width of the opening of your trap is even. A good place to cut is along the top of the label.

Make your wasp bait. Fill the bottom of the bottle with fruit juice or soda and add the hamburger meat. Use enough liquid to drown the wasps, but be sure the meat is large enough to stick out above the fluid. You also can use wine or beer.

Insert the top of the cut-off portion of the soda bottle upside down into the part with your wasp bait. Make sure to remove the bottle cap first.

Use the duct tape along the edges of the bottle to secure the two pieces together.

Place the trap near the wasp nest. The yellow jackets will be attracted to the bait and fly into the bottle, but will then be unable to find their way out. Eventually they will drown in the liquid. If you have a trap full of dead yellow jackets but still see more flying around, make another trap until they are gone.


Another easy way to get rid of wasps in your grass is to take the top of a glass cake top or a glass bowl and place it over the opening in the ground where the nest is located. Put a brick on top to weight it down. By using a glass cover or bowl, the light will trick the wasps into thinking there is a way out deterring them from digging another hole. However they will be trapped, buzzing around until the nest starves to death.


Because of the aggressive nature of the yellow jacket, always take caution when trying to get rid of these wasps in your grass or garden. If you are highly allergic to the venom, contacting a professional pest removal company may be a safer alternative than trying to take care of the nest yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty 2-liter soda bottle
  • Scissors or a sharp knife
  • Raw hamburger meat
  • Fruit juice or soda
  • Duct tape
  • Clear glass bowl or cake cover
  • Brick
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After accidentally stumbling into a journalism class at University of North Texas, Abby Vaun has been writing ever since. She honed her skills writing for "The Dallas Morning News" and as a copy editor for Earle Palmer Brown in New York City. From Dallas to New York to L.A., she has enjoyed freelancing for 10 years and expanding her knowledge through her profession.