Wasp Traps

Wasps can be a pest, especially if you’re eating or drinking in the garden and the wasps get attracted to the different scents and aromas and want to join in. And if you keep bees as well, they are under risk of getting attacked by wasps, since wasps are omnivorous, they can kill and eat your bees.Trapsan image of WASP%20TRAP Wasp trap | Flickr - Photovary from the device manufactured to catch wasps, to the “Add-on’s” (Something you add on to another container to make the trap); and of course the home made traps with designs many and wondrous! (Usually involving sharp knives and sticky tape). All the traps have one important thing in common, the one thing that they will fail to work without, the “enticement” or “Wasp Bait”, else why would the wasp enter the trap? There are various recipes for wasp bait, and various chemical types; in practice some of them work and some don’t. You will have to find out what your local wasps prefer, and this will vary with the time of year, as when the colony starts to break up they will prefer sweet things like HONEY.

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Before they become a complete nuisance, here’s some help on how to kill wasps without having to run after them throughout your garden.

How to Kill Wasps – Help and Advice.

The key here, to ensure that the wasps die, is to make sure you choose a jug which has inwardly sloping sides (so thinner at the top than the bottom) – otherwise the wasps may be able to climb out before they drown. Also, use a glass jug, as once they get liquid on them they won’t be able to grip at all and will slide back down whenever progress to the top is achieved. Plastic will afford them some traction and they may escape before being killed. Another option to kill them as a group (but not a swarm of wasps really) rather than an individual wasp is to buy a wasp trap – jam will attract them as well – and you will need less of this in the trap. To be effective, our advice is to place the device of choice near to where the wasps are being pests or presenting you with a genuine infestation problem. If you know where their nest or hive is, then positioning the lure within around 10 feet will suffice to attract a good proportion of them. You can leave it in position for as long as you like, it generally takes days or even weeks – upto a whole summer season if need be – to kill hundreds of wasps, so the method is slow but very certain. The benefit of killing the wasps like this is that you do not need to use pesticides which are often harmful to the environment. Additionally, although not proven, this does not seem to attract any bees which as you know, are important for pollen collecting and honey production along with fertilizing our fruit trees. For individual wasps flying around your room, a spray is ideal. For dispatching one or two pests annoying you and your family during a picnic, swatting them is more appropriate – but for longer term and larger volume death counts, our juice is perfect and it will help prevent your from being stung – which for people who have allergic tendencies can be particularly painful as histamine can cause extensive swelling.

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