It’s summer and wasps are just a part of it; however, they don’t have to be a part of YOUR summer. There are effective, safe, DIY ways to get rid of them.
-You can place straight white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it around the house.
-If you put a shiny new penny in a baggy full of water and hang it in the area it will keep the wasps away. Don’t ask me why; it just seems to work!
You can also make your own bee-safe wasp trap without attracting and killing bees in the process! Recycling plastic is a great way! Cut a plastic bottle and turn the funnel up-side-down so it fits inside the container.
-Dishwashing liquid and water
-Sugar and lemon juice
-beer or coolers
-Sugar and water and/or Sugar and vinegar
-1 tsp liquid laundry soap, 1 tsp sugar (to attract them), and water – if they do get out, they will still die from the laundry soap
-Soda that has gone flat. Add a few drops of dish detergent to help break the surface tension of the soda.
-You can use an empty jam jar, with a little bit of jam in it, which is then topped up with water, covered with cling film with small holes in it.
-Make a mixture of water, Jam, Coca-Cola, and beer.
-Make a mixture of 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup warm water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 tsp of salt [this is the concoction I used this summer]
Note: Adding petroleum jelly or cooking oil along the steep edges of the trap can cause them to lose their footing and fall in the hole. Once it’s time to clean out the trap, pour hot, soapy water into the funnel (the upside-down neck of the bottle), or put a plastic bag over the trap and put it in the freezer for a few days. Bury the dead wasps, or flush them down the toilet, because their bodies might release a chemical that alerts the rest of the colony. You don’t want that to happen! Keep in mind, as more wasps are caught, they create a bridge on which other wasps can survive for a considerable time. Some of these wasps then find a way to crawl out. The longer the trap is untended, the more wasps will manage to escape, which may result in swarming.
The trap is more effective if set about 4′ above ground.