The wasp are already out! DIY Wasp Trap

Remember this during pool season - Fill container with vinegar, sugar and salt to trap wasps... Place these around the yard this year! Share this! You're friends will thank you !

  1. Combine 2 cups of apple cider vinegar, 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water in a large bowl. Stir to dessolve the sugar...
  2. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap to the mixture, and stir the mixture gently, preventing bubbles.
  3. Pour most of the mixture into a clean, 2-liter, plastic, soda bottle. Put the remaining mixture in a clean, 16-ounce spray bottle, and add 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap plus 1/2 cup of water to fill that spray bottle.
  4. Place the 2-liter, plastic, soda bottle, which is a wasp trap, on the ground in an area easily accessible to the wasps. Ensure the area will not be disturbed easily and is away from house entrances. Alternatively, tie a heavy string around the bottle's neck, and use the string to hang the bottle from a tree branch, fence post or railing. The soda bottle's cap must be off so wasps will be attracted to the mixture in the bottle.
  5. Keep the spray bottle containing the mixture with you while you work in the yard, and spray wasps with the mixture as needed. You also can use the spray to kill wasps that come into your house. Additionally, spray small nests that appear on and near the house or a shed, deck or roof. Saturate the wasps and nests thoroughly with the mixture until the wasps stop moving.

Keep in mind that the traps mentioned in this hub are not meant to trap honey bees. Honey bee populations are down and we need them to pollinate our crops. The use of vinegar is meant to repel the bees while still attracting the wasps and hornets.

  • Spilling the mixture on garden plants may kill them due to the vinegar's acidity.
  • The wasp trap will attract and kill other creatures, including beneficial insects.