Recycled Bottle Wasp Trap

Super Simple DIY Wasp Trap

If wasps and yellow jackets are driving you bananas while trying to enjoy a meal outdoors then you will love this 15-minute DIY project using a recycled bottle.

Recycled Bottle Wasp Trap

Materials:

  • plastic bottle with raised simple in bottom
  • box cutter, or drill
  • twine or wire
  • beads or yard to decorate
Directions:

1. Choose a bottle for this project that has a bottom with a raised center. The goal is to create a trough in the bottle around the hole to hold the liquid. The center much be raised enough to allow the wasps to fly in, then get trapped and drown in the liquid.

DIY Wasp Trap from recycled materials

2. Using the box cutter or drill, make a hole about 3/4″ in diameter in the bottom of the bottle, where it is raised up.

3. Decorate the bottle with twine, yarn, beads, whatever you have lying around. Wind twine or wire around the neck of the bottle and tie in a knot above to hang the bottle from a tree.

4. Fill the trough inside the bottle with a bit of jam dissolved in water. Late in the season wasps are looking for a sweet treat (earlier in the season they want proteins).

How to make a recycled bottle wasp or yellow jacket trap



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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Lindsay Storm
    Lindsay StormAugust 7,12

    Stevie,
    This is a great idea! We are in the middle of a huge draught, but for some reason the wasps around our house and garden are terrible. I love that this looks really pretty, but is functional at the same time. Hopefully this will keep me from getting dive-bombed every time I walk in the house!! Thanks!!
    Lindsay

  2. Stevie
    StevieAugust 9,12

    I know, they are such a pain! They have probably nested nearby as I don’t think they travel too far. heck for the nest and remove it if they are really bad. And have fun with the trap! I’d love to see photos if you do make some.

  3. Paula
    PaulaAugust 9,12

    This is a wonderful idea. Your post is so awesome. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

  4. James
    JamesAugust 14,12

    What a great idea, it makes you wander how no one has thought of it before. After my last BBQ experience I’m definitely going to make some of these later on, wasps are an absolute nightmare around our garden.

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