Yellow Jacket Wasp Trap Homemade -DIY
Despite public opinion, Yellow Jackets are actually not bees. They belong to the wasp family. Fast moving, sleek meat eaters, they are very common at late season picnics. Their buzzing and random flying patterns cause people to scatter. From spray to fly swats to a Yellow Jacket Wasp Trap – nothing is ruled out in this war.
Swatting at Yellow Jacket Wasps is an exercise in futility. If you are lucky enough to get one, a pheromone will be released that calls others to the area. Unlike honey bees,who only sting once, Yellow Jackets have smooth stingers and can sting many times. One wasp is bad enough, four or five is a nightmare.
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Wasps Are Meat Eaters
Yellow Jackets will enjoy a taste of sweet honey (or your can of Coca Cola). However, they are primarily meat eaters. They will eat brood (young bees) inside the beehive and even catch weak adult bees at the front of a hive. A large number of Yellow Jackets can pose a serious threat to weak colonies.
Late Summer Is Peak Yellow Jacket Wasp Time
Posing no real threat to a strong colony, Yellow Jackets are a nuisance to late season beekeeping in my area. A hoard of Yellow Jackets buzzing around during hive inspections is a distraction. I must worry about getting stung by my bees and the wasps. Their presence also sets the honey bees on edge.Trap’em If You Got’em
A Yellow Jacket Wasp trap reduces the number of wasps at your picnic or attacking your bee colonies. You can purchase a wasp trap ready to use. Or you can make your own Yellow Jacket Wasp Trap from common items you may have at home.
The internet is filled with various designs of Yellow Jacket Wasp Traps. The liquid “bait” is also known to contain various concoctions. I will share the method I am using – feel free to experiment.
How To Make A Homemade Yellow Jacket Wasp Trap
Step 1 – You need a plastic bottle. An empty 2 liter soda bottle is ideal. If that is not available, any plastic bottle of the correct shape will do. (I like a clear bottle so I can see the little suckers in there.)
Step 2 – Carefully cut the top 1/3 of the bottle off. Throw away the lid if you have one. You now have 2 parts.
Step 3 – Gather your ingredients: 1 cup of vinegar, ½ cup of sugar, 1 cup of water and 1 banana peel
Step 4 – Mix ingredient in the bottom half of the bottle. Then add banana.
Step 5 – Invert top portion of bottle into bottom half – forming a funnel.
Step 6 – Sit outside in a place that is protected from rain. This was what I found after 2 hours. You may catch a few honeybees but overall the vinegar will repel them.
Yellow Jacket Trap Bait Recipe
The vinegar, sugar water and banana will attract yellow jacket wasps. It is not as attractive to honey bees. You should see few if any honey bees in your trap. Follow the yellow jacket trap bait recipe. Don’t make it sweeter.
Another lure to Consider
I hear reports of success with yellow jacket traps that are baited with meat. Hmm… If you choose to do that – I would certainly hang it far, far away. A few days in the sun and heat will not result in a nice smell – of that I am sure!
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Saving Bees One Step At A Time
Your honey bees have worked hard through out the season making honey and raising young. The beekeeper has worked hard feeding bees, controlling mites and other pests. Don’t let Yellow Jackets destroy your colonies.