In the first months of Summer, several types of wasps start becoming active in gardens and fruit orchards, getting on the way of plants, hummingbirds, or pets. But when you are a beekeeper, the results of a wasp infestation can be devastating. The first thing to do, is to detect where the wasp hive is, and find a way to kill the whole wasp colony. If you don’t have a way to find it, you can also set traps to get rid of these little nuisances. Here is a simple and inexpensive trap made of recycled plastic bottles.
- 2 liter plastic soda bottle
- Paper stapler
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Wire of string to hang it
- Empty the plastic bottle and rinse it.
- Cut the upper part (neck) with a knife or scissors.
- Place the upper part inverted, inside the other part of the plastic bottle.
- Staple both pieces together around the edges.
- Boil the water with sugar for about 3-5 minutes, to make a syrup.
- Place it inside the trap.
- Hang it with the string or wire in a place where wasps have high presence, avoid to place it close to areas of bees of hummingbirds, to avoid them to drown in the trap.
- Move it around from time to time, to trap more wasps.