Homemade hornet trap

Updated February 21, 2017

Hornets are a species of winged insects that are often confused with other flying insects such as bees, wasps and yellow jackets. Killing hornets can be done using an insecticidal spray, but it must be applied directly to each hornet or the nest. An easier way to get rid of hornets is to make a homemade trap to which the hornets will naturally be attracted. Once inside the trap, the hornets cannot escape making it easier to dispose of them.

Rinse out an empty 2-litre soda bottle with water to remove any remnants of the soda.

Insert a pair of scissors into the side of the soda bottle approximately one-third of the way down from the top to create a hole. You can also make the hole with the tip of a knife. The hole only needs to be big enough to insert the tip of the scissors into.

Insert the tip of the scissors into the hole, if they are not already, and cut all the way around the bottle so that you can remove the top one-third section.

Turn the top section over so that the narrow top is pointing downward. Insert it into the bottom section.

Line up the top edge of the inner and outer sections so that they are even. Staple the two pieces of bottle together at evenly spaced intervals using a stapler.

Pour water into the top of the device until the bottle is one-third full and then add 1 cup of sugar and 1 drop of dish soap.

Pick up the bottle and shake it gently to dissolve the majority of the sugar. It's fine if some sugar remains undissolved.

Cut a hole in the upper edge of the trap with a knife and tie a piece of string to it. Tie the free end of the string around a piece of raw hamburger meat and insert the meat into the centre of the trap so that it hangs 1 inch above the sugar water. This step is optional but may help to attract more hornets.

Place the hornet trap in an outdoor location where there is hornet activity.


You do not need to hang the trap, you can simply set it on the ground to catch the hornets.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-litre soda bottle
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Dish soap
  • String (optional)
  • Raw hamburger meat (optional)
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Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.