The materials list for
this DIY Trap is short and cheap:
- Plastic Soda Bottle; 2 or 3 Liter
Hanger; wire or string
Attractor, Cotton Ball(s) or 1" X 1" piece(s) of Sponge
(several Attractors will evaporate more attractant)
few drops of your favorite Fruit-flavored Soda
The tools you need are a Scissors
and a Nail or Punch.
That's it !!
Cut the top from a Soda Bottle,
one inch below the shoulder. This will leave a 1" straight section on the
top. It is easier to puncture the Bottle with a Scissors if the screw cap
is tight so the air cannot escape. Discard the cap after the top is cut
With the Nail, punch 2 holes
in the very bottom of the Bottle to insert the Hanger. Also punch 5 or
6 1/8" holes around the top as shown above. This will allow
the Fruit aroma to escape and attract Insects. ( A HOT
Nail works Very well for this. )
Fasten the Hanger in the 2 bottom
holes. Then saturate the Attractor with Fruit-flavored Soda or Fruit Juice
and place it inside the bottom section.
As shown above; force the cut-off
top inside the bottom and hang it in the sunshine where the attractant
will evaporate and attract Wasps, Yellow Jackets and other flying Insects.
The Insects will be attracted
to the Trap and climb up through the top where the Cap was. Resaturate
the Attractor every two days, by turning the Trap upside-down and dripping
attractant onto the Cotton or Sponge.
If it gets full of dead Insects,
you can pull it apart and wash it out, or have the fun of making another
one. It is weatherproof, unbreakable, and easily replaced if the neighborhood
kids "borrow" it for Show and Tell.
Hang this Trap about 20 feet
away, so the wind blows from it toward your Patio or Picnic Table. If you
don't drink Soda, buy a bottle of Grape Soda and keep it for the Trap it
If you use several Cotton or
Sponge Attractors saturated with different Juices, it should attract different
Insects. Apple, Pear, Grape, Cherry and Fruit Punch are some favorite fragrances.
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