The first thing that comes to mind when you face wasps or yellow jackets is to make a homemade trap. Wet traps (traps that can hold a liquid) can be baited with soft drinks or juices. For example, 50% apple juice in water is quite effective in attracting western yellow jackets and German wasps, say entomologists from Washington State University. Traps can be made from a clear, 2-liter soft drink bottle. Optionally, you can add some beer and a few drops of detergent. As a result, your enemies will easily land on the mixture, but won't be able to take off from there. A bait trap can be also made by suspending fish or liver on a string just over a bucket of water with detergent added.
But if you don't want to waste time and deal with a sticky mess - just buy ready-to-use traps. A $4 trap will not eat away at your budget.
Rescue TSW-BB6 Visilure TrapStik for Wasps
This is a nicely-designed trap which costs ~$8.92. It is a bright vertical stick which looks like a sky lantern or a garden lamp. It can actually even be used as a decoration of your residence. But what is more important is that the TSW-BB6 is a great success with the customers. It’s user rating on Amazon.com is 4 out of 5 stars.
This is quite understandable, as the stick is aimed to eliminate the wasps without any pesticides or sharp smells which would ruin your time in the yard. TSW-BB6 TrapStick is able to trap not only the workers, but also the queens from spring to late autumn. It's important that it traps wasps even when it's hot, when the glue on other traps could dry off. Such a device works in a very simple manner a neon green trap is shaped like an insect nest. Attracted by the bright color and expecting to get home, the insects fly in and find an adhesive band inside and consequently, a slow and painful death. The best place to put this trap is on a wall or an outer ledge of the house.
It's essential that this product is made in the USA and has been tested by multiple customers before you. It is effective for catching paper wasps, carpenter bees and mud daubers (mud wasps).
I've just bought it and hung it under the porch. Within a couple of hours there were 9 wasps inside the trap. This result isn't fantastic, of course, but it's fine. The only downside is that you have to buy another sticky base inside the trap. 6 of such bases cost $50. So don't be fooled by the cut-rate price of $9. All in all this is a good product. It doesn't smell, but it works well, commented KWTX. We strongly recommend you to read other Amazon.com customer feedback and decide for yourself whether this trap will solve your wasp trouble.
Price: ~$8.92 Check the current price
New version of RESCUE! Trap, reusable for ~$9.97 Check the current price
Aspectek Wasp Trap - Traps Wasps
This is another popular wasp trap, and it is also American. It is a bright yellow plastic trap which looks like a children's pacifier, but this trap knows how to get rid of wasps. The customer is supposed to fill this trap with a fly trap liquid mixture of sugar and water, the recipe of which is supplied with the product. From there on, everything is pretty straightforward. The wasps fly into one of many entrances and can't get out.
This trap costs ~$8.97 (2 traps come supplied in a package). It's better to hang Aspectek Wasp Trap on a long thread somewhere in the garden. The consumers recommend placing the device at least 20 meters away from the house; otherwise, you might be stung.
The advantage of this product is that it's reusable, and that you'll always have the recipe of the sweet mixture at your hand. Cleaning out this trap from the poor insects isn't pleasant work to do, though. It’s neck is way too tight, so it's actually easier to throw it out, instead.
Aspectek Wasp Traps work fantastically well for me. In the first two days we found about 100 dead wasps and flies. Now the colony of the insects has been substantially reduced, and our dear hummingbirds don't fly in there by accident: the holes are too narrow for them. The manufacturers of other traps could take note of that, – reviews Jeff T.
Price: ~$8.97 (for 2 traps) Check the current price
Rescue YJTD-DB12-W Disposable Yellow Jacket Trap
This is a good option for picnicking outside. With the help of this trap, you won't be able to trap a whole colony, but you certainly will be able to get rid of the wasp which follow you when you're outside barbecuing.
Rescue Yellow Jacket Trap is the only trap on your list that is supplied with a lure a soluble aroma mixture. You only have to add some water or apple juice to it and hang it 20 meters away from where you've settled. The Yellow Jackets will fly into the layered plastic bag with a weird neck and won't be able to get out. All you'll have to do is seal the bag and throw it away in the nearest trash. This is perfect for those who are disgusted by the idea of cleaning out reusable traps. Not all the users enjoy dealing with a soluble lure; that's why this product is not as popular is its analogs.
Price: ~$4.71 Check the current price
Wasp Traps Comparison Chart
Rescue TSW-BB6 Visilure TrapStik for Wasps
It traps wasps even when it’s hot, when the glue on other traps could dry off
|Aspectek Wasp Trap - Traps Wasps|| |
It’s reusable – you’ll always have the recipe of the sweet mixture at your hand
|Rescue YJTD-DB12-W Disposable Yellow Jacket Trap|| |
This is a good option for picnicking outside