We must not wait for the fruits on the trees to ripen before using bio traps if we are to prevent infestations from wasps and hornets in orchards. Rather, they must be placed in early spring so that they can effectively contribute to a reduction in the rate of reproduction of these flying pests.

With the use of bio traps Tap Trap and Vaso Trap it is possible to effectively control flying pests without resorting to – or at least reducing – the use of pesticides that are harmful to the environment as well us to our health.


Wasp trap bottle with Tap Trapยฎ: the bait used is a sweet and sour substance made of water, vinegar and sugar

Wasps and hornets are attracted to ripe fruits: figs, apples, pears and other sugary fruits in our orchards. However, we may not be aware that placing wasp traps only when the fruits on the trees are ripe is already too late.

Of course it is important to try and stop the wasps and hornets that are eating the fruits of our labor, but these pests love the ripe fruits no less than the baits in our traps. By placing the traps too late we may end up with a diminished and blemished fruit harvest, despite our bio traps being full to the brim with wasps and hornets.

The secret for the effective use of wasp and hornet bio traps then, is that they can prevent infestation if placed already in early spring.

The capture of queen wasps and hornets

The queen wasp and the queen hornet come out of hibernation on the first sunny days of spring; they are already pregnant and ready to build nests where they will lay their eggs.

In fact, they mated just before winter, before finding shelters in damp areas, such as in old abandoned nests, or underground, or in rotten tree trunks (but never in structures manufactured by human beings).

The food baits recall the taste of ripe fruit, of which wasps and hornets are greedy

After the winter the queen wasps need to recover their strength to build their new nests, that is why in their first flights they are greedy for food and sugary substances. It is precisely at this time that the wasp and hornet bio traps need to be placed. We must bear in mind that each queen hornet can build a nest with the capacity to house between 300 and 500 – and in the worst cases even 1000 – larvae, while each queen wasp can lay up to 20,000 eggs.

By capturing a few queen hornets and wasps at the end of the winter we avoid dealing with far more of them in spring.

Orchards are not the only places inhabited by wasp and hornet populations. These flying pests make nests in unexpected places: on attic beams as well as on trees, preferring hidden cavities and quiet places, where their colonies can grow undisturbed.


Renewing the bait for wasps and hornets every 15-20 days, it will always be active and will not stop capturing pests

In the first days of spring when the trees have not grown their leaves back, the first visual attractant for flying insects are the bio traps. Thanks to their yellow color the insects see them from afar and approach them believing them to be fruits.

The yellow color of both Tap Trap and Vaso Trap is a necessary visual attractant for flying pests. They are used on recyclable common containers, such as plastic bottles and glass honey jars that, together with suitable home made baits, become essential parts of the traps. For further information click here.

The home-made bait for wasps and hornets

You can prepare the bait for wasp and hornets using sweet and sour substances, as for instance mixing water, vinegar and sugar: wasps and hornets associate the scent of this simple blend to the taste of ripe fruits. Another very simple yet effective bait for wasps and hornets is beer.

Once ready the bait must be poured inside the trap-containers (i.e., inside plastic bottles for Tap Trap and inside glass jars for Vaso Trap).

The effectiveness of the bait

For the bait to be effective it needs to be replaced regularly, either when the flying pests captured are many, or every 3 to 4 weeks. In each case the content of the trap must be discarded and replaced with fresh bait.

The replacement of the bait is essential for its constant effectiveness:

  • With Vaso Trap it is possible to empty the jar and replace the bait.
  • With Tap Trap both the plastic bottle and its content can be discarded and Tap Trap can be hooked on a new plastic bottle containing fresh bait.

The capture of flying pests begins at the beginning of the spring and only ends when the last harmful insects have stopped flying around. This means the traps must remain in place until the end of the season (October or November.)

The latest model of Vaso Trapยฎ: lighter, more intense yellow, more attractive (in the photo: bait made only with beer)

What happens if the bait is not replaced?

If the attractant substance is not replaced with a fresh one when necessary, the container of the trap becomes too full of wasps and hornets. When this happens the insects begin to disintegrate in the bait changing its initial sugary scent with an odor that is unpleasant for wasps and hornets, and attracts flies instead.

Contraindications: none

Our eco friendly insect traps respect the environment and biodiversity. When Tap Trap and Vaso Trap are used with the correct baits they present no danger for bees, bumblebees and other pollinating insects, because pollinating insects are not attracted to these type of substances.


What may seem to be a poor catch in the months of March and April actually has the same value of a trap full to the brim of flying pests in July, when the fruits are ripe. In the first days of spring there are only few harmful insects in circulation, but those few can potentially give rise to a population of thousands so their capture will forestall their proliferation.

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Wasp Trap Basics

Wasp traps can work incredibly well when used properly. Theyโ€™re not meant to eliminate colonies โ€“ look for our other wasp products to help you with that โ€“ but can help in getting rid of large numbers of wasps that are near your property. Here is some key information youโ€™ll need to know when choosing or using wasp traps:

  • Lure traps are a popular choice. They consist of a container where the lure is placed, and have a lid that allows wasps in but not out. The container will fill up with dead wasps and must be emptied.
  • The chemical lures used in wasp traps can be geared toward one kind of wasp, or can be formulated to capture several types, so make sure you are aware of what your trap and lure will attract before you set it up.
  • Foraging wasps, or wasps looking for food to take back to the colony, are the wasps you will find in your traps, as this is what the lure attracts. Queens or other members of social wasp colonies will not be lured to this trap.
  • Wasp traps are perfect to use near patios, picnic areas, concession stands, outdoor dining areas, dumpsters or garbage sites, and restaurants.

How To Use Wasp Traps

Trapping wasps is best for controlling nuisance wasps in specific areas they can cause problems. The great thing about using wasp traps to control a wasp problem is that they are readily available and easy to use. However, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Since most traps use a lure to attract wasps in the area, you do not want to place these traps too close to where people might be spending time. In large areas, place traps roughly 200 feet away from the area you want to protect. In small spaces, make sure traps are as far away from the area as possible, at the edge of the property line.
  • Make sure the lure does not dry out in the trap, which can happen in hot weather. Just add a small amount of water to the trap to reactivate the lure.
  • Make sure you read all instructions and recommendations listed on the package, ensuring you have the right number of traps for the size of your property. Too many can attract too many wasps (from all around the area, not just in the immediate area), and too few might not be able to fully control your wasp problem.
  • Most traps can be used with different types of lures (wasp trap bait), and some can be used with baits, so just choose the best product for your needs.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Homemade Wasp Trap

Ok. this is kind of gross, but clearly it works. Once the wasps go in the bottle they can’t figure out how to get out so they get trapped and die. This will minimize wasps, but the only way to eliminate them is to remove their nest or kill the queen.

3) Tape together using packing tape or duct tape.
4) Bait the trap. The easiest is sugar and water, but I’ve also read that meat works well in the spring and early summer because wasps are attracted to protein, or other options are sugar and water, water and vinegar, beer, soda, even laundry detergent. Adding petroleum jelly or cooking oil along the steep edges of the trap can cause them to lose their footing and fall into the hole.
5) Hang the trap by either taping a string to it, or affixing a screw that you can use to hang.
6) Empty the trap – but first make sure the wasps are dead by pouring boiling water in or freezing. Personally, I’ll just dispose of entire trap and make a new one.

One last note, be mindful where you place the trap as living wasps will be attracted to it. Place a distance from where your kids or pets will be spending time. Our son’s school place these on the perimeter of the play yard.


What a great, environmentally friendly way to get rid of those buzzing beasts! I hate using poisons around my kids.

Environmentally friendly. Killing “those buzzing beasts” is environmentally friendly? Let’s think about that for a second.

You inderstand what she means so let’s not be so technical :). You know you hate wasps too, and would also hate it even more to kill them with poisons around kids. I know I would!

Yellow Jackets are not native to the United States. They came from Europe after WW2 along with several other insects.

Wasp-man says: Enjoy the flowers! How ironic, W.A.S.P. also came over from Europe too! Can’t beat’em.. Lick’em and then run for the border! Haha! (You gotta try this atleast once) Not!

Meat is best. Wasps love meat. Save the Honey bees!

Yellow Jackets are native to the United States. The German Yellow Jacket may be an introduced sub-species.

I have a major fear and am allergic to wasps..so this will be great to somewhat keep them away from my garden and my daughters play area..

If you want to keep the bees away from your garden, your garden will not do very well at all. Especially, if you plant anything that flowers. There is a quote out there that says something along the lines of “Once the bees disappear, man has no more than five years left on this Earth”. How about we try to plant bee-attracting plants at the far edges of our yards instead of killing the ones we have left. There has been an epidemeic die-off of honey bees worldwide these last few years.

We’re not talking about killing bees. we’re talking about killing wasps. giant difference. Wasps are agressive, bees are not.

Would this work for Japanese Beetles? They destroyed out raspberries last summer.

@Anonymous: Absolutely environmentally friendly! It involves no poisons, and the environment of my porch is much nicer without all the stinging insects buzzing at me.

Sure, wasps may be a part of the ecosystem, but I’d say that killing a couple handfuls of wasps (well, they kill themselves, technically) in a particular area does not seem like it would impact things too severely.

I think that what people mean by this is not environmentally friendly is that you are using a plastic bottle. Plastic is the most dangerous substance known to the environment. It will still be in the ground, water, forests and sea’s until the end of time. So no this is not at all environmentally friendly, but it is a good way to kill wasps without poisons.

Honestly. We’re killing wasps. Nobody (with any sense) wants bees to die.
Plastic might be bad. But it’s ubiquitous and unavoidable, and you’re on the internet. I don’t know how you can be on the internet without using plastic and some earthly resources. Please be hypocritical on your own board.
Awesome idea to the poster and thank you for it! I’m going to go out there and trap some wasps because they sneak into our bedroom and sting us and our unsuspecting cat.
Us and cat > wasps.
Most life on earth > wasps.

I find it interesting that people want to kill wasps but then complain about mosquitoes. It’s the wasps that eat the mosquitoes, silly! Just like bees are needed for pollination, wasps are also an important part of our environment who help keep the insect population down.

I have bats to kill my mosquitoes. Can’t tolerate wasps. They take over my hummingbird feeder and the birds won’t eat when wasps are present. Fantastic idea!

Thanks for all the great discussion. I’ll be making a couple of these tonight. we just found a HUGE wasp nest right by our front door. I don’t want my kids or guest to be bothered or stung by a nasty wasp!

Wasps and Bees both like the same things that are listed above. If there is a strong population of bees around your house you will more thank likely kill a good number of them too as well. Think about it.

@Scott –Re-using the plastic bottles does not make it un-environmental, it is called recycling. Yes plastic is bad, but to make these traps, you are just using plastic that you already have.

I use this trap for mosquitoes as well, but the recipe is yeast and brown sugar. It does work. I will not use this for wasp, unless they get too aggressive. I have a huge reduction in Bee’s and Wasp this year. and humming birds. And a huge increase in mosquitoes. Time to build bat houses.

what is your recipe for the yeast and brown sugar method to lower your mosquito population. is it works well we should suggest it to those living in Africa. would bring down the number of cases of malaria

Louisiana has a bee like the ones in the picture that live below the ground and they are aggressive.They are true bees and not wasps and will attack you if you get too close while cutting grass.By then you are inundated with formic aid and will need allergy shots.Big Al

My niece got stung by one a couple of months ago. Will inform my sister about this! Thanks a lot for sharing this!

Thanks for the information! We have trouble with wasps here in Florida, and with two granddaughters, we need protection! Will try this!
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needed this 2 summers ago, i got stung by a wasp from a large nest i didnt know was being formed by my front door. i will definately remember this thanks for sharing it

Will this trap attract and trap the good bees? I don’t want to trap any of the wonderful little honeybees, only the big old wasps.

Honeybees are more attracted to colors than smells – I don’t think it will attract honeybees.

Honey bees use sugar water for food in early spring to supplement since flowers aren’t fully blooming yet. This could trap them too.

Use a protein based bait instead of sugar water. The honeybees will be attracted to the sugar water. Meat does not attract honeybees. Or even better use left over tuna water. Seems to work well and not trap honeybees.

don’t use just sugar water because bees are attracted to it. I read that you should use sugar, vinegar, and salt mixture because bees won’t go for the sweet/sour odor but wasps will. I also got that tip from pinterest but it didn’t give the amounts of each ingredient, so I’m not sure how much of each to use.

Plant some citronella and/or cascading geraniums. The citronella gives off a pleasant smell as well as the geraniums. I got this idea from ONEKINGSLANE.com and used it and I’ve not had a problem with Mosquitos at all. Hope this helps!

Avon’s Skin so Soft original works great for mosquitos and you can also use Cedarwood essential oil. They are attracted to human sweat.

We have honeybees and use traps similar to these. We add vinegar and a banana peel to the sugar and water. The honeybees do not go in the trap but the wasps and yellow jackets will.

If you bait the trap with bacon it wont attract honeybees. Only wasps and hornets eat meat.

If you bait the trap with bacon, you might accidentally catch some hipsters, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

LOL, I’m no hipster by a long shot, but I’d go for the bacon, too!

Wish there was something like this for mosquitos! They are relentless here in Florida. Can’t even use our backyard without spraying ourselves from head to foot with nasty, toxic bug spray.

We use Avon Skin So Soft instead of bug spray on our skin. It smells great & it works fantastic. Not oily or greasy. Also, I saw a post on Pinterest about using Listerine as a mosquito repellent. I tried it & it works! I just poured some in a spray bottle then sprayed the perimeter where we were sitting. I sprayed around about a 9×9 area & no mosquitos came past the Listerine. Shocking but it worked.

There’s one very similar to this post that I found via pinterest, same concept but filled with sugar water and yeast, instructions found here http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf22399231.tip.html hope this helps!

Geraniums are infamous for naturally repelling mosquitos too! They hate the scent emmited. You can purchase natural geranium repellant from any health food store, or make your own with pure geranium oil.

To Tanya: (and everyone else! Mosquito trap. http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf22399231.tip.html

Or you van use fabric softner sheets to repel mosquitos as well

I found the mosquito trap recipe, too! Wish I can put the picture in here but looks same way as seen here for wasp.
1 2 liter soda bottle
A sharp knife
Black paper
Candy thermometer
Take a 2 liter soda bottle. Cut off the top right below where it starts to narrow for the top, invert and place inside the lower half.
Make a simple sugar syrup.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 cups cool water
1 tsp. active dry yeast
Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in 2 cups cool water, stir well. Check the temperature of the syrup to make sure it is no hotter than 90 degrees F, if hotter, let cool to 90 degrees F, add 1 tsp. active dry yeast, no need to mix. Put syrup in the bottom part of the bottle, using the cut off neck piece, leave in place. Be sure to seal the two parts of the bottle with the tape. The fermenting yeast will release carbon dioxide. Put black paper around the bottle since mosquitoes like dark places and carbon dioxide. This mosquito trap will then start working.
TIPS: Put the trap in a dark and humid place for 2 weeks, you’ll see the effect. You’ll have to replace the mosquito solution every 2 weeks.


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