How to Make a Homemade Wasp Trap

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How to Make a Homemade Wasp Trap
A homemade wasp trap helps make a picnic more enjoyable. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Wasps serve a purpose besides irritating humans who enter the wasps' habitats. Wasps are predators that hunt plant-destroying insects and nuisance flies. Wasps also regularly pollinate various flowers and plants. Many people are allergic to wasp stings, making it difficult for them to enjoy a picnic or relax outside. A homemade wasp trap often eliminates many wasps, making it possible for you to enjoy a backyard picnic or neighbourhood walk.

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Things you need

  • 1-liter plastic bottle
  • Utility knife
  • Needle
  • String
  • Meat

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  1. 1

    Rinse out a 1-liter soda bottle. Leave off the bottle cap.

  2. 2

    Cut off the top part of the bottle. Use a utility knife to cut just below the narrowing part of the bottle's neck.

  3. 3

    Place a small piece of meat in the bottom of the bottle. Choose meats such as turkey or fish. Dog food works as well.

  4. 4

    Place the top part of the bottle upside down. Position the bottle with the narrow neck facing down, inside the bottom part of the bottle. This forms a funnel that guides the wasp down into the food, but prevents it from leaving.

  5. 5

    With a needle, carefully punch two small holes in the top of the trap. Feed a length of string through the plastic top. Tie the string together to form a loop that hangs the trap.

  6. 6

    Place the trap in an area removed from normal foot traffic. Hang the trap about 4 feet off the ground.

  7. 7

    Monitor the wasp trap. Disassemble and clean the trap when it becomes filled with dead wasps. Another option is to throw the old trap away and make another one.

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