How To: Make a Homemade Bee & Wasp Trap (Kill or No-Kill)

Make a Homemade Bee & Wasp Trap (Kill or No-Kill)

Bees are the key to pollination and healthy vegetation, and wasps help by assisting in pest control, but despite their benefits to the world, they can be a real pain in the ass if they're in your face.

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If you're not an avid gardener and don't have a caterpillar infestation to kill off, then having a bee or wasp nest in your backyard is unnecessary. It's also downright dangerous if you or someone in your household—even a pet—is allergic. Save that Epinephrine shot for another day.

There are plenty of cheap bee and wasp traps out there, but making one is relatively easy, and you're using recycled materials. Plus, it gives you the leverage of making more than one trap if you need it, whether you want to eradicate them or just relocate them to a safer area away from your home.

Making Your Bee/Wasp Catcher

To start, make sure to have an empty 2-liter bottle, a utility blade, and a stapler. The blade can be substituted for a knife of scissors (just be careful).

Cut the bottle all the way around about 5 inches from the top. Flip the piece you just cut off, place it in the other half of the bottle, and staple it in place. If you don't have any staples, tape or glue will probably work just fine. If you want to hang it outside, some wire will do the trick.

Then you just make sure to have the appropriate bait inside.

Using the Right Bait Mixtures for Your Trap

Wasps and bees love sugar, as it actually provides them with energy on a busy day, so you will need some type of sugar mixture. Some options include:

  • Sugar and water
  • Sugar and lemon juice
  • Soda
  • Maple syrup and water
  • Other types of artificial nectar

If you're looking for a no-kill trap, just put a little bit in on the bottom so they won't drown. This is a popular method for indoor traps, so you can release the bugger back in the wild. Using a bunch of these with little faux nectar outside will also help you when it comes time to relocating the nest of hive.

(1) No-kill trap. (2) Kill trap. Images via Apartment Therapy, Prairie Story

If your goal is to kill the bees or wasps, then fill up the entire bottom of the bottle with your sugary mixture of choice to drown them. Just make sure there is enough space between the threaded bottle top area and the liquid.

Make Sure to Always Stay Safe!

Adding a higher volume of liquid will increase the chances of attracting and killing the insects, but with the dwindling numbers of honey bees, you may want to refrain from killing these passive bees; they're just looking for something to pollinate, especially if you have a garden or some flowers outside.

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Wasps are slightly more aggressive and seem to be increasing in population, so your conscious should feel fine if you decide to drown or exterminate these beasts. At least, mind would.

Get stung in the process? Check out Yumi's illustrated guide to relieving itchy bee stings. Also, just in case it happens, make sure you know how to survive a deadly bee attack, something Macaulay Culkin's character would have benefited from in My Girl.

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That's an absurd. You guys keep killing bees, the insects that colaborates for more than 2/3 of the food production. They're helping us and you just kill them like they doesn't mean nothing for our survival. It isn't for nothing that the USA is the most affected country in all over the word. More than 50 billions of bees are dead just in you country, and you are not just killing them, you're killing ourselves.

If you read there is a no kill option. Calm down.

Correction: there really is no "no kill" option here. Even without liquid in the bottom, the bees (and all other insects that fall in) will die unless released within a day of being trapped. We all know that most people will simply set the trap and forget about it, which means slow death for dozens of hapless insects. I wonder why Americans are so afraid of living things that that their first reaction to any buzzing insect is "KILL THEM ALL!"

Why use such generalizations as "all you americans"? Other countries kill their flying insects also. Yes honey bee population issues are going to start affecting food production if people continue to be careless. The article mentions the benefits of both honey bees and wasps, which I didn't know there was a benefit to having wasps around. Learned something! The issue I have is with hornets and yellow jackets, two highly aggressive flying stinging insects that cause incredible amounts of pain when they sting. I would like to know what bait to use for them so that I do not inadvertently kill any honey bees. There are people who use multiple kinds of no kill traps so they are aware of the need for timely release back into a safe place, not everyone is ignorant. I wish people were accepting of others and their opinions and would quit with bashing each other and just start helping. No one person is better than any other no matter their station in life.

Im not for killing every insect in all situations. I'm a country lady and am aware of their importance. I'm also aging && Im allergic... have no need in my small back yard for the nest they've built. I'm way out in the country and we don't have a local pest removal option. Me...or them? On my property? I'll choose me.

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