How to Make a Trap for Yellow Jackets

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When yellow jackets threaten your outdoor activities, it may be time to reduce their numbers in your garden. These beneficial wasps help eliminate harmful insects, so selective control finds a balance between you and them. By using a simple, environmentally safe trap to lure yellow jackets, you can limit their numbers without losing all your yellow jackets or other beneficial insects.

How to Make a Trap for Yellow Jackets
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Things You'll Need

  • 2-liter plastic bottle, with cap
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 banana peel
  • 4 cups water
  • utility knife
  • string, optional

Add 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar to the soda bottle. Put the cap on the bottle and shake vigorously until the sugar dissolves. Add 1 cup vinegar to the solution and shake to mix well.

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Add the banana peel to the bottle, so the decaying fruit draws yellow jackets. Add enough water to fill the bottle halfway. Put the lid back on the bottle.

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Use the utility knife to cut a 3/4-inch square hole in the top portion of the bottle a few inches below the cap.

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Sit the bottle on a level surface near the wasp hive and far from where you don't want them to be. If desired, use a string to hang the bottle in a tree near the hive. Dispose of the bottle when full.

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