This is my first instructable, so any feedback is greatly appreciated!  After discovering a yellow jacket ground nest near our front door a few days ago, I decided to look up ways to get rid of these mean insects without the pesticides. We have various wildlife and friendly insects in our yard, so I try to avoid pesticides.  A quick Google search resulted in a few solutions to my problem and this is the one I chose.  This method was super simple, pesticide free, eco safe and VERY effective.  Friends and family were pretty amazed at the results as was I!  So let's get started!

Step 1: What You Need

Here are the “tools” needed: wine (they prefer red to white), a clean water or soda bottle, a bread knife or scissors, and dishwashing liquid.  First, cut off the top quarter or third of the bottle. Add about ½ “ of wine and about two drops of dishwashing liquid.  Now flip that top over to make a funnel and place it snuggly back into bottle.  You are done!  See how easy that was?

<p>What is the purpose of the drops of dishwashing liquid?</p>
I would guess this is used as a surfactant. That is typically used to lessen the water's surface tension. It is used often with liquid pesticides so it can spread over leaves better. Further, from a certain manufacture's &quot;rescue&quot; explanation, it will coat the wings and make it harder fif them to fly. I do not believe there is any appreciable density difference yielding different buoyancy.
Exactly why read above
<p>The dish soap also makes it so the wasps can not stand on top of the liquid by making the density of the water thinner. That way the wasps will drown rater than stand on the water the way they do on bird baths and puddles.</p>
<p>It helps to break down their exoskeleton which in turn helps suffocate them.</p>
<p>Ah. Got it. Thanks!</p>
<p>I would suggest hot gluing it down to a brick (half is actually more applicable and desirable; score and hit with hammer on line). It will not blow over as easily and can tolerate water.</p>
<div><p>I made this according to the instructions and cannot believe how well it worked. Literally within seconds hundreds of YJs were swarming around the bottle. Overnight I collected about 2 inches of dead ones. I'll repeat the process until the activity decreases. </p></div><p>I selected a somewhat textured cabernet sauvignon with hints of leather, cinnamon and pear, but with a surprising floral finish. They seemed to enjoy it...well, until they died struggling to crawl out of it.</p><p>I did feel compelled to serve some light antipasto to offset the cab though - anchovies, pepperonci, kalamata olives, and a wonderful brioche with prosciutto and melted parmigiano-reggiano.</p><p>I may surprise them with bruschetta next time. Any thoughts or suggestions?</p>
<p>the heck with the YJ, send me the receipe, </p>
LOVE IT! Yes, I believe they would enjoy the prosciutto possibly placed in the middle of the mix. They love wine and meat, so it would be the best of both worlds and quite a nice last meal if I do say so myself.<br><br>Glad you had success!
I was stung multiple times without provoking them at all. My neighbors were also stung and we sprayed where we thought their nest was, but now they found their way inside the building on the second floor near the window somehow, so I am giving this a try tomorrow and am hoping it works. The spray is expensive and not working.
<p>I've read that ground nests can have several openings to them.</p>
<p>Did it work for you?</p>
Go get them! They are VERY aggressive. I sure hope it works!
The big one looks to me like a european hornet. Here is a picture of one.
<p>I would have thought so as well, but we have never seen any in our area. Of course, that doesn't mean they don't exist here. </p>
<p>the commercial version i use and have had great luck with is this </p><p><a href="http://www.rescue.com/product/reusable-yellowjacket-trap" rel="nofollow">http://www.rescue.com/product/reusable-yellowjacke...</a></p><p>side note: the fly trap works great if you keep it in the sun. </p><p><a href="http://www.rescue.com/product/reusable-fly-trap" rel="nofollow">http://www.rescue.com/product/reusable-fly-trap</a></p><p>i had a camp site in AZ that was over run with fly's. went to town an got 4 or 5 different fly traps. set each one out as their instructions stated. (yes i am a guy and read the instructions)</p><p>the only one that worked was the Rescue fly bottle. had to dump it out 3 times during the 4 day camping trip. it had filled up that much. and another good thing is that the bottle did not stink.</p><p></p>
<p>I don't even know if its going to work for me but I'll keep looking for more</p>
<p>cool! u think it would work with mosquitoes?</p>
<p>I doubt it; however, I have heard of some similar that use yeast to create carbon dioxide that attracts them into a bottle. The bottle has to be covered to make it dark.</p>
<p>Nice, a propel bottle!</p>
<p>I gave this a try using orange juice. Once the juice started to ferment, they swarmed it! Only thing - to empty it, I had to cut it apart. The next one, I used two bottles. Cut the top off one, and the bottom off the other. Turn them both neck-down, and staple the shorter one inside the longer. Now to empty it, I just take the cap off the bottom, give it a rinse, replace the cap and it's good to refill. Of course, you have to hang it up, or sit it in the discarded bottom section.</p>
<p>How did you do the first one? Did you not cut off the top part first or did you just pour it in the bottle? At least it worked, right?!</p>
<p>Did you want to make a comment? There are two blank ones. </p>
Had a mouse that would not stop building nests in my lawn tractor. One day I was working with the tractor &amp; the mouse made a show. I managed to kill the mouse &amp; went for the shovel just inside the shed to clean it up. By the time I got back (less than 1 minute) I could not see the mouse for the yellow jackets swarming it. Fresh blood is a good bait for the trap. That being said, you may try blood bait that is made for catfish. (Sporting goods stores have it)
That falls in line with their love of meat, especially in the spring. I read that they are carnivores. Scarey that they found that mouse that fast!
I've seen meat used as bait, but it seem they like the wine almost as much, and chances are the alcohol actually kills them. <br> <br>I rode a lawnmower over a large nest last summer, nothing like having a few dozen trying to get you.
I've read that yellow jackets prefer protein-rich foods to feed to larvae, but the workers themselves eat sugary foods, so bait preference is related to time of year and brood needs. As cool weather sets in and food gets scarce, they get more desperate and less picky.
<p>Does this work inside. I keep finding 1 or two small yellow jackets on my bed in my bedroom. Our house has not attic so I guess the bedroom is like the attic. If I put this on the corner of my bed will that work or attract more to come in the room? They are not aggressive at all for some weird reason. I think they are babies but I don't want to end up rolling on one in my sleep and getting stung. Weird I don't see them everyday just 1 or 2 during a day and then it goes a few days with no seeing any.</p>
I'm not sure. I would almost be afraid it would attract others inside. Are you sure they are yellow jackets and not red wasps? We occasionally get a random red wasp inside, though you say it is yellow jackets. Doesn't sound like you know where they are coming in or I would tell you to put the trap near the source. I just saw a story of a family in the UK who had a HUGE wasp nest built on an upstairs bed (in a bedroom they rarely went into). Took the exterminator hours to kill them all AND he was only able to salvage the quilt (they had eaten through the pillow and mattress). It was the freakiest nest and location I had EVER seen. You DO NOT want them building a next inside your walls or home. Let me know what you do.
<p>that just about summs up all my fears</p>
<p>Heather, chances are you have yellow jackets in the ceiling or in a wall and the adults access it from outside. We used to get them in our family room downstairs. They would come out from the recessed ceiling lights. I finally saw them entering through an old cable hole. So they will crawl towards the light and get out. So check around outside real carefully and look for a possible access hole. I finally sprayed wasp killer in the hole and sealed it with silicone. You could really hear them buzzing inside the ceiling tiles for about ten minutes. We turned the light off because they were making their way out at first.</p>
<p>I tried this trap with mixed results. I made it as illustrated and the first day I did trap many yellowjackets (nested in a holly, therefore could not use spray because it kills holly and evergreen shrubs). After the first day, the insects stopped entering the trap. I left it out for a few days and even tried recreating with new wine. I never trapped another yellow jacket using this method. I did eventually solve by applying a pyrethrin product called Evergreen Dust. </p>
<p>if your looking for a quicker solution to kill yellow jackets find the hole pour gasoline down the hole and throw a match down there</p>
<p>I had a friend who tried that with a fire ant nest and it blew and caused a grass fire. Lighting it is unnecessary and dangerous. Gasoline fumes are deadly to yellowjackets, and the fumes are heavier than air and fill the nest. So no need to light it. A very small amount is all that is needed. Don't do it in the day, or you will miss all that have left the nest and are foraging. Also don't do it near any building and any source of spark or ignition. </p>
<p>My boys would have LOVED that solution! haha</p>
<p>I had a few out at a time and would empty them out and add more when they started getting full. Not sure what happened. </p>
<p>I did try several traps, with a variety of red wines. After the first &quot;harvest&quot; they never regained interest in the traps. I tried freshening the &quot;bait&quot; for a few successive days. I tried conventional yellow jacket traps as well with zero results. I have access to a do it yourself pest control store. They recommended the pyrethrin dust (made from chrysanthemums...sp?). The only negative thing: the applicator, actually a puffer, has a short stem. I thought I had waited until it was late enough, but I was stung by 8 insects when I first tried to apply. The next morning, it was cool enough to get the dust into their hole. Thank you for all of the information you have posted, I found it very helpful. </p>
<p>I definitely want to try this! One question - will this attract or harm hummingbirds? Last summer I never had a problem with yellow jackets, but this year I put up a hummingbird feeder, and the yellow jackets started coming around about a month ago. I haven't seen any hummingbirds around for several days, and I'm guessing they have gone away for the fall/winter already, but in case they're still around, I don't want to harm them! </p>
This will not harm hummingbirds because they are not attracted to wine. They probably left because of the migration and the yellow jackets hanging around.
Thanks for the information!
<p>A bunch of yellow jackets were swarming around my trash can today so I set about making these traps -- I tried one with red wine and one with apple cider vinegar, which another site recommended. The jackets showed ZERO interest in either. Waste of good wine! So I went back to relying on my own experience of west coast picnics -- yellow jackets swarm around meat products, not around wine. I pulled a chicken bone from the trash and put it in a trap with water -- viola! Caught 4 already, compared to 0 in the other two. Highly recommend just using your food scraps, instead of wasting perfectly good wine!</p>
I had read that a little piece of meat would attract them as well, but have never tried that one. As far as wasting wine, one inch of wine was worth it for me. : ) I guess it worked for me because I put it next to their hive. I'm glad you caught those with the chicken bone. Hopefully you will get them all!
<p>Don't tread on thESE! </p><p>(Actually, the advice is to prevent the gooey chocolate from messing-up your floor ...)</p>
<p>RECIPE PLEASE! I love it!!!!</p>

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