Tidbit Thursday – Wasp Trap

Goose is allergic to bee stings.   How allergic?  Hard to say.  It’s not one of those things we regularly test run.  What we do know is that he is getting more anaphylactic with each sting  Ergo, we take measures to keep the stinging little suckers – and their cousins – at bay.

You can buy your own Wasp Trap from a local hardware store.  They are really not a huge investment.  What they are, is more than a bit of a pain to clean.  Laziness being the uncle of invention, we read up, test drove, and perfected this DIY version of a wasp trap.

Start with an empty 2L pop bottle.  For ease of use, rinse it out.  Given that it is an insect morgue, I really wouldn’t worry about going all the way to soap and water.  You can use any type of bottle, but the contoured ones really work best.

Cut the top off like so.  You’ll want to cut right about where the label used to be.

Tie a piece of cord around the concave portion of the bottle.  Then tie four equal length cords, at regular intervals, around it.  Tie the four cords together somewhere around 8″ above the top of the cut bottle.

Here is a close up of my ramblings.  The semi-final step is to invert the top into the bottle.

Now, for the drink selection for our leetle friends.  This is the time to break out the cheap-o, no name, got left in the back of the fridge and forgotten about from a party three weeks ago soda.  Or pop, depending on where you are from.  You do need to make sure it is full sugar; no diet stuff here (they are smarter than that).  As a final point, ginger ale doesn’t have enough sugar to work.

Then, pour it in baby.  Again, use the string line as a guide for filling your trap.

And there she be.  Hang it up where your leetle stinging friends congregate.  Keep and eye on it.  The flying little menaces will find their way in, but not out.  And they can’t swim.

When the carcases begin to accumulate, simply pull the top, empty, rinse, repeat.  If the contraption gets too groady (and it might if it’s in a sunny spot),  toss it in the recycling bin and start again.  And at the end of the buggy season, really throw it in the recycling bin and have nothing to clutter up your garage over the winter.  And no need to try and find it next spring either.

And there, as E1 would say:  easy peasy lemon squeazy. 🙂

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