Making a Bee Trap

Bees are very important for plant pollination in our environment, but there are times when someone needs to be protected from a possible sting. This guide is about making a bee trap.
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September 3, 2008 Flag

I saw this tip in "Country" magazine years ago and use it every year to trap yellow jackets and hornets. I have this one hanging in the grapevine. The yellow jackets like the apple juice better than the grapes. Lures them right in and they can't get out.
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Take a gallon milk jug and cut an upside down V shape in the side 2/3 way up on the jug. Press the tab in. Pour fruit juice ( I use apple) 1 inch deep into the jug. Put the cap back on the jug and hang. Insects enter through the hole and can't get out.

By Betty from North Carolina

May 25, 20130 found this helpful

Thanks so much for the tip my mom is highly allergic to any type of bees. So I think this year we will be trying this.

Thanks so much!

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July 20, 20130 found this helpful

Will it attract wasps also? Desperate to be rid of them.

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September 10, 20130 found this helpful

Betty, we would buy your yellow jackets. We do not have enough to pollinate our garden and it is dying. So sad. Bees die and we all die.

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September 12, 20130 found this helpful

Nice to know for next year. Didn't need any traps or spray with wasps this year after taking care of one nest before it got too big. Though the flies were a pain in the rear. I had a fly trap already bought and it filled up real quick with the the days. Had another put up and I had to dump it twice.

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September 22, 20130 found this helpful

Yellow jackets and wasps are good for the environment and if possible, just stay away from them and let them do their thing. They contribute to our food chain by pollinating.

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March 30, 20140 found this helpful

I have a pear tree in my backyard, and I run an in home daycare, so this is where the children play. I have had so many bees and yellow jackets in my backyard all summer long, I like this idea to get rid of the yellow jackets. Do not mind the bees as they are doing good things, but the wasps are so bad in my yard. This is so much cheaper than what I have been using. Thanks for the tip will try this!

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July 6, 20160 found this helpful

Did she put pennies in the zip lock bag of water

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July 19, 20160 found this helpful

Pinesol and water 1/2 and 1/2 in spray bottle for flies. Spray where you do not want flies.

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September 1, 20160 found this helpful

June 5, 2012 Flag

Punch a hole in a jar lid about as wide as your pinky finger. You want the bee to be able to get in but not crawl out as easy. Fill the jar half full of orange juice. Smear some jam under the lid.

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January 3, 2012 Flag
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This past summer our hummingbird feeder was attracting more bees than birds. My husband cut the top off a regular sized soda bottle. He put it on the same rod that holds our humming bird feeder and it attracted a lot of bees. Once the bees found their way in they couldn't get out.

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March 20, 2007 Flag
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Does anyone know how to make a bee and wasp catcher homemade? I'm looking for one to work like those in the catalogs which have a hole the bees go in and some sugar water and they can't get back out.

Hardiness Zone: 6a

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March 21, 20070 found this helpful

I took a 2 litre soda bottle and i poked a few holes in the top, small ones so that they have sharp edges on the inside, about the size of a pea. I left some of the soda in it, and by the end of the day there were a dozen wasps trapped in there.

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March 22, 20070 found this helpful

Another trick with the 2 liter bottle is to cut the spout end of the bottle of about 2 -3 inches down and invert it into the remainder of the bottle. The spout will be pointing down into the bottle. Before you put the inverted spout into the bottle put 1/4 cup water mixed with 1 teaspoon of dish soap in the bottom of the bottle. The soap is what keeps them from flying back out because it sticks to their wings and they can't fly. Then put the inverted spout into the bottle and pour in about another cup of juice, soda or sugar water. Be sure and pour the sugary stuff in thru the spout so that the outside is coated with the sweet stuff they like. This will attract a ton of wasps. When there are a good amount in there dump it out and start over.

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March 23, 20070 found this helpful

Hi i live out in the Country and what i do is take a Jelly Jar that has some jelly left in it add some water poke small holes in the lid just big enough for them to get in and when they have had there fill they cannot get out and you can set them anyplace or hang them in trees and when done cover the jars and dispose safely it works for me good luck

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April 22, 20080 found this helpful

For the bee traps you take water bottles and put corn syrup in the bottom of them with a little bit of soda mixed in and hang them to your trees around your yard but away from child play areas it really works the soda attracts the bees and the syrup gets them stuck in the bottle

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June 7, 20080 found this helpful

Why not just catch them with your bare hands? Wasp and yellow-jacket stings are an excellent homeopathic remedy for arthritis -- and will lower your cholesterol too (from all the running you'll do when you mess with their nests).

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August 5, 20090 found this helpful

There is a world wide decline in bees. IF this continues agricultural production will decline to catastrophic amounts unable to sustain human population. In other words if you kill bees humans will die, perish, become extinct, be destroyed. Do you understand this? If you don't like bees try using mosquito repellent on your body. Do not wipe out plants because you don't like insects. Please tell this to a friend and maybe we can save the agricultural crops and more importantly plants nearing extinction whose only hope for survival is from bee pollination.

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February 14, 20100 found this helpful

You can put about 6-8 shiny pennies in a clear ziplock bag, fill about 2/3 with water and hang it at door or window openings; wasps, bees, flys, etc. will NOT come near.

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf47766651.tip.html

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June 20, 20100 found this helpful

RE: Homemade Wasp and Bee Trap

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There is a world wide decline in bees. If this continues agricultural production will decline to catastrophic amounts unable to sustain human population. In other words if you kill bees, humans will die, perish, become extinct, be destroyed. Do you understand this? If you don't like bees try using mosquito repellent on your body. Do not wipe out plants because you don't like insects. Please tell this to a friend and maybe we can save the agricultural crops and more importantly plants nearing extinction whose only hope for survival is from bee pollination.

Hi Dear John, I understand there is a decline in bees however my children and I are deathly allergic to bee and wasp stings so I can care less about killing them, survival of the fittest, lol. I am bigger and come equipped with raid! these ideas for traps are great! It's horrible that we can not enjoy the sunshine in our back yard when there are bees and wasps everywhere! We limit our outside time to evenings to avoid them and that's no fun at all. I will definitely try out some of these ideas and hopefully we can enjoy our yard again!

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February 15, 20150 found this helpful

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What can I use to get rid of jellow jackets? Is there any one thing that would attract them so that they would go in a trap for yellow jackets? We bought 4 of the traps and put the liquid in but now that has lost its power.
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Patricia

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September 1, 20040 found this helpful

There are several inexpensive non-toxic bait traps available for yellow jacket control, including the Wasp Trap, the Oak Stump Farm "Yellow Jacket" Wasp Trap and the Yellow Jacket Inn. Visit your nearby garden center or check out a gardening mail order catalog to investigate the availability of these traps.

Traps should be placed around the perimeter of human recreational areas well in advance of outdoor activities. Traps may be placed along side dumpsters or restaurant loading docks. Most trap directions call for a reservoir to be filled with an attractant such as sugar water. Exhausted yellow jackets fall into the liquid and drown.

Traps should be serviced daily to remove dead insects because the odor can become very offensive. Wash the trap with soap and water after several days use. Monitor the traps, attractiveness to beneficial insects such as honey bees and alter the bait if necessary. Raw bologna has proven to be a very successful yellow jacket bait and it does not attract beneficial insects.

Homemade Traps: A crude yellow jacket trap is made by hanging a raw fish or piece of liver (slightly diced on the exterior) by string about 1 to 2 inches above a container of detergent and water. The detergent will act as a wetting agent and eliminate surface tension which will improve trap efficiency. Foraging yellow jackets are attracted to the raw meat and will often become overloaded with food and fall into the water and drown. This method of yellow jacket control is not as efficient as nest elimination but it may help reduce the population to acceptable levels.

"Bee Lining" for Fish Bait: Bee lining is a method by which a person may locate a yellow jacket nest by observing foragers as they return to their colony with food. A freshly caught small fish should be diced slightly on the exterior with a knife and hung in a tree about 5 to 6 feet off the ground. Foraging yellow jackets will be attracted to the raw fish and will chew off a tiny particle of the meat. By close observation, a person can follow the flight line of the yellow jacket back to her nest. The foraging yellow jacket will normally make a "bee line" straight to the nest which is often no more than 1,000 yards from the food source. Fishermen have been known to use this procedure to discover yellow jacket nests and use the grub as excellent fish bait.

http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC2510.htm

They also have information about nests in the link above.

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September 12, 20040 found this helpful

If you have one of those traps where they fly in and can't get out,fill it about half full with orange pop and you'll be amazed at how many go in there.

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October 16, 20110 found this helpful

I have the perfect, cheap, easy idea which I discovered quite by accident. I noticed that my hummingbirds stopped coming to the feeder which I fill with 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. When I dumped out the water, there were so many yellow jackets in it that I was absolutely amazed. Now I need a different feeder for my hummers but I know how to lure yellow jackets!

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