How to Make a Duct Tape Wasp Nest Decoy

July 8, 2015

Duct Tape Wasp Nest Decoy - nest under the eavesThis spring I was no sooner enjoying the latest crop of large bamboo stalks than I noticed a menacing wasp nest under construction under my eaves nearby. Putting 2 and 2 together and doing a little research online I came to realize that I was not the only one who was enjoying the bamboo abundance!


Paper wasps were also extremely happy I wanted to help them source material for their nesting! Also online I noticed people were selling "decoy" nests consisting of a small gray bag suspended upside down from a string retailing for $10.00 plus, which purportedly would scare away wasps in a 200 foot radius (because wasps are "territorial" like gangs) . So as usual I wanted to make my own for a princely sum of $2.00!


  • 1 foam rubber 6" football from Dollar Tree ($1)
  • 1 roll duct tape, also from Dollar Tree ($1)
  • black paint or marker, had on hand
  • short piece of wire, had on hand


  1. Wrap duct tape around foam football in a spiral, layered pattern.
  2. Poke a half inch or so deep hole in base end of football foam, make this hole appear deep by blackening in with paint or the marker.
  3. Attach a wire to the "top" of the football.
  4. Hang the whole contraption with a thumbtack, nail, etc. under your deck, eave, gutter, tree branch, or where ever you really don't want wasps to nest!
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Duct Tape Wasp Nest Decoy -
 looking up at decoy nest
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August 13, 20150 found this helpful

What a great idea! I will definitely make this. Thank you!

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August 21, 20150 found this helpful

Did it work?

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August 27, 20200 found this helpful

I made one of these and its still doing the job, after 2 years. One thing I did do was yo lightly rub on a little baby powder, to give it a little dull papery look.

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August 27, 20200 found this helpful

I use brown paper lunch bags. Just puff it up and hang - it does work, but is not totally water proof like the duct tape. Wasps are territorial and think the fake is another group and wont invade the territory.

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