Bee safe wasp trap. How to make your own wasp trap for free

Wasp killed in trap

Wasp killed in trap

Wasps can be a pest, especially if you’re eating or drinking in the garden and the wasps want to join in.

You can make your own bee safe wasp trap without attracting and killing bees in the process.

Recycle plastic container.An empty plastci container makes an excellent wasp trap

Cut the top off to make a funnel

Cut the top off to make a funnel

Cut a plastic bottle and turn the funnel up-side-down so it fits inside the container.Make a funnel to allow wasps to enter

This makes easy access for wasps to enter the narrow hole yet difficult to escape.

Sweet and sour attractant attracts wasps but not bees

Sweet and sour attractant attracts wasps but not bees

Add a mixture of vinegar, sugar and salt.  The wasps are attracted to the sweet and sour scent yet bees don’t seem to be attracted by this sour mixture whereas a honey mix would be a fatal attractant.

Keep the wasp trap out of the rain as it will quickly fill with rainwater.

The down-side of this wasp trap is it also attracts and traps beneficial insects such as lacewing and hoverflies which are a natural pest control of aphids.

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86 Responses to Bee safe wasp trap. How to make your own wasp trap for free

  1. theresa says:

    I’l try this, wasps always interrupt my outdoor meals.

  2. Mike says:

    Can you tell me the best proportions of Vinegar, Sugar, Salt to kill wasps in the traps?

  3. Does anyone know how to run Wasps pff without having to trap and kill them? I have a bunch of (VERY) large Wasps that look like Paper Wasps in front of my house. Since they are beneficial I absolutely hate the thought of having to kill them if another method can be found to make them go away. Any help will be appriceated by myself and the Wasps.

    • Rheal says:

      If you put a shiny new penny in a baggy full of water and hang it in the area it will keep the wasps away. I’ve tried it and it works! Must look like a predator to the wasps.

    • Cyndee says:

      Was told by the organic farmer down the road from us about this one ….we use it and it really works! Place straight white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray around house. We have a railing that runs the length of our patio and spray that well along with the eaves of the house. You will need to redo every week or after each rainfall, but this is super cheap. Keep off your plants, the vinegar will burn them.

      • Nikolle says:

        I like that idea, we have already been using a vinegar/lemon juice mixture for our weeds so now we can keep the wasps away too :)

    • Sessieb says:

      Hi Mark,
      There are fake wasp nests you can put out that will scare them away. If they think there are already wasp living there, they find someplace else to live.

    • Martin says:

      Put the liquid into another bowl into the trap. Close the liquid bowl e.g. with a net in a way that the wasps can’t fall in.

  4. CBinSTL says:

    Any thoughts on how to keep them from building nests in my shed? I’m allergic, so I need to keep them as far away as possible.

    • Nora says:

      I live in Michigan and use moth balls in my shed. I place them in the shed twice a year, around April and about half way into August. It has worked for me for 10 years now. I make sure that the moth balls are in all the corners, near the doors plus in the loft.
      Most Dollar Store carry Moth Balls.
      I hope this helps protect you from stings.

      • Sharon says:

        This also works in Texas, but the mothballs need to be changed more often due to the dryness. Keeps yellow jacket wasps out of out-buildings like lawn mower sheds.

  5. Phyllis says:

    I wonder if it works for red wasps which is what we have here. I think I will try it and see worth a try.

  6. cheryl says:

    paint your porch ceilings blue…the bugs and bees think it’s the sky and they won’t nest there…that’s why all of the OLD houses had blue ceilings on their big front porches…

  7. Connie Barger says:

    I will forsure try this.Thanks great info.

  8. Susie says:

    Can’t wait to try this in my back yard! My pool attracts wasps and it is so frustrating. I will report back with my results!

  9. Barb says:

    How about trying one of those fake “wasp nests” that you can buy. I’ve heard if you hang them in your yard other wasps think the territory is owned by “others” and won’t stick around.

    • Angela says:

      We tried the “wasp a nater” it didn’t work at all. We had then hanging all around the yard.

      • Kelly says:

        We tried the Waspinators this year and it DID work, but only for the spring. When it started getting hot here in SC, it hasn’t worked at all. I don’t get it. I have them hanging out all along my vinyl siding white porch. They come like 4 at a time and it doesn’t even look like they are building a next…just having a meeting? They are awful! So, you are really saying that vinegar will work?

  10. thanks for the idea….does this work for mosquitos?

  11. Mary Allman says:

    i CAN NOT REMEMBER, BUT I READ SOMEWHERE TO HANG A GALLON ZIPLOCK BAG FILLED HALFWY WITH WATER BY THE CORNER TO RESEMBLE A HORNETS NEST AND THAT SCARES THEM AWAY. IF U TRY THIS AND IT WORKS PLEASE POST.

  12. PrimalTroy says:

    That is truly awesome and innovative. Thank for the tip! We usually have a lot of yellow jackets hanging around the swimming pool in the summertime and I don’t want the kids to get stung. Maybe something like this will help.

  13. Ouida says:

    How much do you mix?

  14. William Semion says:

    Wasps are beneficial only to other wasps. They KILL honeybees and are extremely aggressive towards pets and people. They can KILL some people who are allergic, like me.

  15. William Semion says:

    and they will NOT go away until they die in winter. If they do at all.

  16. Mendie says:

    I continue to get wasps in my home – had this problem last summer – already had to kill 3 in the past 2 weeks. Called exterminator last year and they sprayed but could not find a wasp nest in the attic or around the house. Any suggestions or tips? They are clearly coming in the house somewhere – my guess is the attic since I’m not able to see a visible nest outside or around the house and I continually check also.

    • AMickey says:

      Mendie,
      I’m not even joking with this… But my husband had a horrible wasp problem growing up as a child. They had wasps every where and couldn’t find where they were. They found the IN THE GROUND. The exterminator said it was the nest that was about the size of a small car. *cue horror movie music* So, check the ground to see if wasps are flying out of it.

      • Jean says:

        We have several nests in the ground! Its horrible because while walking in the yard, so many of my kids’ friends have gotten stung!

      • Dee says:

        Wow… Imagine if the ground gave away and someone fell into the nest… Gave me chills hearing about this!

      • Jennifer Rowley says:

        We had them in the wall. Those little buggers built their nest by chewing the drywall and made a nest that was an inch thick but wide. We finally discovered them when they put a pencil size hole in the wall and then started flying in the house. It was located behind the t.v. in the alcove. The t.v made it difficult to hear them buzzing around. We had to call an exterminator. Nasty business!

      • Tracy says:

        We have what they call here “ground hornets”. Look for a dirt hole with a quarter/half dollar size hole in it. The one we found was at the base of a tree somewhat close to where we a snow fountain cherry (which is always FILLED with bees when it blooms). Not sure if the flowers and trees around have anything to do with it but was also at the corner of our house also close to our swimming pool. I also heard that they like to be near a water source.

        My husband poured a little gas into the hole at night and lit it (don’t use very much gas because it’s the fumes of the gas that actually burn!). (Also, I don’t recommend the gas method if you haven’t ever done anything like that before and especially if it is anywhere near a structure or other people/pets). I think I’ve even heard of people putting seven dust in the whole. Whatever you do, do it at night when the wasps are dormant. I am just telling you what we did. Try at your own risk. I take no responsibility for any harm to anyone/thing. Hope this helps.

      • Debra says:

        We have had hornets nest in a hole in the front yard. Very nasty when you disturb them with the mower or step on them.

      • Jill says:

        We also had them nest in wierd places. As a child, we had them go under the siding in the corner of the house. My father tried to seal off the entrance, thinking that would take care of them, but they came through the walls/outlets into the house! NOT a great experience! We also had them nest in rock walls and in landscape timbers that had rotted out inside.

      • beth says:

        I am 99% sure that ours come in through the chimney. I see them first in the room with the fireplace!

      • teecee says:

        growing up we had an outside dog who had a large insulated dog house in the back yard. One day he stopped using it no matter how cold or rainy it got, & we coaxed him into being an “indoor” dog. Because the doghouse was so big (my dad built it out of old wooden doors) it took up a lot of room so we tore it down. when we did we found a HUGE wasp nest under it about 3 feet in diameter! Poor doggy was driven out of his own home by those suckers!

      • Pete says:

        if you are going to use the gas (petrol) method – Do not light it, there is no need. The fumes do all the killing all by themselves in just a few seconds. Just take care not to create a spark while handling the liquid and you will be fine. Also, no smoking in the immediate area for a couple of days.

        good luck

      • Brandi Miles says:

        I have found a wasps nest in the ground, in the tree in my front yard and also in the bushes in my front flower bed. They are VERY hard to find in the summer but in the winter when the leaves fall off the tree and bushes, I finally found their nests and destroyed them. They keep coming back and trying to nest but I’m going to try this idea. They are one of my biggest fears.

      • I had a freind who nearly died when she was using a riding mower and drove over a nest in the ground..They attacked in force..There dangerous to people like me who are allergic and to pets and small children..They attack in force and dont stop till there frenzy is over

      • Janet says:

        I found bees in the ground in my garden. When it was cooler in the evening, I put a tarp over the area they were flying into, and sealed up all the edges with anything I could find. Don’t leave any area unsealed or they will get out. I used stones and bags of mulch. They can’t get out and get overheated and die. Worked well. I also read some people suck them up with a shop
        vac and leave the shop vac in the sun where they die.

    • Gina says:

      We had wasps in the house and found out they were coming in through a small hole in the siding..we covered the hole and we hope we are done with them..Thank you for all your great ideas..

    • Hannah b says:

      Have a heating and air person check out your duct work to make sure they aren’t coming in through there. Especially if your house has a crawl space rather than a slab. Our cabin had wasps for years until we finally figured out that was the problem!

    • Steph says:

      we had a problem with wasps getting in the house a few years ago. they were coming in thru the vent for the stove. my husband put a smaller mesh screen on the outside of the house haven’t had a problem since. good luck

    • leticia says:

      Did they check the chimney? We had this problem once, they had a nest in the chimney..

    • Debby Crawford says:

      HI, I know what you mean ,having wasps in your home ,I do too.
      I was watching them one day, they come in the house when you do.
      Also they hide in your plants, inside and out.
      Debby

  17. pkharrold@gmail.com says:

    I need a red wasp deterrent. They are really bad around the eaves of our house and they are coming into the house on warm spring days.

    • Sharon says:

      We have a severe issue with wasps nesting on our porches. We have found that if you fill a glass with water and Dawn dish liquid, throw it directly on the nest, it will cause them to fall off the nest. This allows you to knock the nest down and they will nest elsewhere.

  18. Linda says:

    We cinch up the top of a brown paper bag (larger than a lunch bag size, but smaller than a grocery bag), with a piece of string and hang it off our deck. We use a “free” bag from a take-out order. It resembles a nest shape and does an excellent job keeping the wasps away! We live in a wooded area and have even observed the wasps veer away from the deck when flying in the area!!!

  19. debbie says:

    Is there a certain amount for each ingredient in the original trap? So far the only thing mine has attracted are stares from the neighbors.

  20. mels says:

    Will this work for yellow jackets and hornet nests? We have nests between the siding of our house and unsure how to attract or get rid of short of removing the vinyl.

  21. melorajohnson says:

    Wasps are beneficial, eating aphids and some even eat black widow spiders. Info here http://www.inlandbeemail.com/index.php/swarm-removal-mainmenu-46/swarm-info-a-faqs-mainmenu-77/190-are-wasps-beneficial-or-just-dangerous-and-annoying

    But they are annoying. What to do, what to do… Think I’ll try scaring them off as some people suggested.

  22. MH says:

    GREAT ideas – wasps are such an annoying menace. Did you add some kind of citrus fruit to the mixture at the bottom of the bottle too – looks like orange slices?

  23. Jean says:

    How do get rid of yellow jackets that can be very pesky and bold?

  24. jenn says:

    I really dont care about any bugs n I’m gonna make a lot of these n get all the bugs I can get uhhhh I hate bugs!!!

  25. Jane says:

    I’m looking for a way to keep bees & wasps away from our pool. They think I have the pool for their personal use & I would hate for our grandson to get stung. A bee got me once or twice, but I don’t want them to get too well established.

  26. manda says:

    You realise wasps are great at killing and eating pesky caterpillars that will destroy a garden. Wasps also help pollinate flowers and keep a garden beautiful. Weigh out whether you want a garden or a “pest” hanging out at a one day party. Just remember those wasps will not be replaced. Nor the green lacewings that eat aphids. It also looks like you caught hover flies those flies pollinate as adults and are predators as larvae. My point know what you’re trying to kill and know its roll in the garden because killing the benificals is a bad idea.

    • Debra says:

      Excellent point! We should especially be protective of honey bees which are essential to our food supply. They are already suffering die-off (just discovered to be pesticide-related, duh!). If we kill enough of them we’ll all starve to death.

    • All the ‘wasps’ in the trap there are really yellow jackets/hornets. SUPER aggressive and mean. They kill honey bees, attack people and pets, and are generally a pain in the rear.
      I’ve never been chased or stung by a wasp~ HORNETS on the other hand… evil.

  27. Outrider says:

    I have wasps in my garden all the time. I’ve watched them to see what they are doing. They take away the green caterpillars that are eating my greens.

    • Outrider says:

      That said, I’m kind of torn about killing them or driving them away while I’m a bit overly respectful (read: afraid) of crossing them.

  28. Anthony W. says:

    Wasps are very poor pollinators and extremely aggressive. They are primarily meat eaters. I’m tryin to get THEM before they get ME !!

    • Lauralee Lien says:

      Wasps are extremely aggressive and if you get to near htere nests they will go after you..even in the dark ( speaking from experience) and one will “mark” you so all the rest can find you…and they keep stinging unlike bees that only sting once. Be very careful when trying to take them on. The best way is calling in an exterminator. They are a horrible pests and keep the bees away which are more beneficial. And yes they are meat eaters. Watch them sometime if you have meat out. I plan on trying this method along with several others mentioned. The last 2 years have been horrid with them. :(

  29. Nadine says:

    I realize wasps help out in the garden. But they also dive bomb my head while out there planting, weeding, etc. The are all over the deck, hanging around the eaves, building their homes on the inside of the shed and on the railing of the deck. I found one in my grill last year! We have sooo many of them, I wish there was a recipe to eat them! Some are so big and aggressive, I worry about them carrying off small children or my dog. I’m torn. I’m wondering if I spray my house and surrounding wood with vinegar, if they would just go away?

  30. Easter says:

    Has anyone tried this trap? Are you seeing honeybees in the trap? We feed our bees a mixture of sugar and apple cider vinegar (for disease control) so I’m not understanding why bees wouldn’t be attracted to this trap. Maybe it should be specified to use white vinegar? Is that the difference?

  31. If they want to be in my garden that’s fine but when you come where the children are then I don’t care how useful you are your gonna die. that simple.We cant sit on the porch, the kids cant play on their yard toys ,you cant get in the pool with out getting stung .No your not that useful if your causing more problems then helping .and I dont know if you’ve been stung by a wasp or not but let me tell you its a whole lot worse than a bee sting!!! plus they are very aggressive and that’s dangerous to a small child. so keep them in your yard I don’t want them I hate them!!

    • Jenn says:

      I totally agree. I won’t take my 10 month son outside because of the wasps. Trip to the car is a dash for your life! I am going to try everything to KILL THEM ALL!!

  32. Pete says:

    A few wasps here and there are not too much of a problem and they can be beneficial if there are no other predators that eliminate the pests. The problem is that large colonies of wasps prey on the other preditors in order to reserve the food source for themselves. A cruel world out there but the wasp strategy is very smart indeed.

    Wasps themselves have few predators and this can result in huge colonies with wasps numbering in the millions; They are dangerous and they need to be eradicated.

    If you have a wasp problem, the chances are that there is a huge nest somewhere near where you live. If you find it on your property there is an easy cure but you must take care.

    Find the opening but do not approach it until after dark. Pour about 1 litre of gas (petrol) into the opening and walk quietly away. A few may escape but the balance will die from the fumes.

  33. Great idea, I will be trying this. My son is allergic to them and has an epi pin so I don’t feel one bit bad about killing them!

  34. Pat Smith says:

    Does anyone have ideas on controling and killing carpenter bees. Our barn is getting infested with them. We have tried putting silicone in holes, but they eat their way out. They will also chew through paint, so that doesn.t work either. Help!

    • Jane says:

      In enclosed areas, bug bombs work. They will kill any & all critters in the enclosure. We’ve had to use them in the house at the lease, or it would be so infested we couldn’t go in.

  35. Kerri says:

    We have literally thousands of wasps at my mom’s house. I won’t even let my kids go out there anymore because they chase us down in swarms. They are in every nook and cranny and every bush and fence on the ranch. I am going to try every single “ridding” effort suggested here. We go through CASES of wasp spray EVERY WEEK, and there’s hardly a dent in the masses! One or two wouldn’t be a big deal, but this is ridiculous! Any more suggestions? I will try them all!

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  37. Doc says:

    Truth is, most wasps are NOT aggressive as some have stated, but the few species that are give them all a bad name. I stand in amongst bees & wasps all the time shooting pictures of insects (literally inches away) and I’ve never been stung or even harassed by a bee or a wasp. Most wasps are indeed beneficial to your garden, your ecosystem, etc. So, if you don’t have to kill them, why would you? Just seems mean. There are lots of alternatives that have been mentioned on this board – the plastic bags with water & a penny work very well as do the fake lantern type “nests.” Hadn’t heard of the blue ceiling paint, but that would be a good one to try also. How about we leave the killing for the last resort?

    • Pete says:

      Doc, I guess most of the respondents here would have issues with dangerous mega-armies of them.

      As for never having been stung – Famous last words… I hope you never have to eat them!

      Oh… and that’s the other thing, if you have never been stung, how on earth would you know whether or not you are allergic to the venom? Best to cover up or stay away completely than tempt fate, mate.

      • Doc says:

        I was stung as a kid once or twice – it happens. But my experience as both a biologist and photographer is that these insects are really not interested in us the vast majority of the time and combined with the good they do for our food supply just for one, the idea of just killing them because they exist seems counter intuitive to the gardener’s philosophy…

      • Pete says:

        Doc, Biological control – the ultimate solution? Were it not for the interference of man we, and a fair old chunk of the world, would not have these biological problems in the first place.

        Biological control is the introduction of these insects into lands where no such creature hitherto existed. Then when they become rampant, another must introduced to control them. Both prey and predator will die out, in theory. However, nature doesn’t work like that.

        Ultimately, we ordinary folk must take action to protect ourselves and our children in whatever way seems most appropriate. If that means killing them en-mass, so be it.

  38. Sophia says:

    Do you leave the funnel piece on?

  39. callie says:

    white or red wine vinegar?

  40. Sorry…cider vinegar, sugar and not much SALT…

  41. alex says:

    you can also put fresh bone from chicken/or any meat/fish to the trap.It works even better.Doesn’t attract bees

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