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>Any suggestions for yellow jackets in house walls?</p>
Do you see where they are getting in? If so, set up traps around that.
Last fall, a beekeeper came to my home &amp; said they were in my walls &amp; would probably die off this winter. Well they did NOT! I live in SW CO, still snow on the ground. New yellow jackets are not flying in, yet. These are the ones that didn't die off, or were hibernating. Now that it's starting to get warmer, I can hear them again!
<p>It looks wonderful! I can see having an empty bottle and knife in the picnic basket so that one can be set up anywhere. Does it have to be wine? What about coke? It would seem sweet enough to attract them.</p><p>Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>You would want to be careful about what bait you use, pop might attract honey bees or other helpful/endangered insects. I would imagine 2-buck-chuck from Trader Joes would work just fine and target mostly/only yellow jackets.</p>
<p>That was my concern. I would like to get rid of the Warps but I am VERY concerned about Bees <br>dying. There is a serious ecological tragedy heading our way with the <br>shrinking population of bees. It doesn't look like this device can <br>discriminate?</p>
<p>if you put a few drops of vinegar that would act as a repellent for bees but it still attracts wasps.</p>
<p>Neighborhood honey bees are not at risk like commercially raised honeybees. They do not like yellow jacks/wasps so they tend to stay away from them. </p><p>Lay out a piece of watermelon and watch how the wasps go for it but not the honey bees. </p>
<p>Excellent observation.</p>
The bait discriminates.
<p>In fact, honey bees are attracted to pop/soda etc etc.</p>
<p>Well it works on my mother in law... :D</p>
<p>You built a trap big enough for a mother in law....... Can you share these plans please. </p>
<p>This is my favorite instructable comment ever. Mostly because it is true...</p>
<p>Cider vinegar works well also as does grape juice </p>
<p>$3 buck chuck now - inflation.</p>
<p>Mountain Dew and dish soap in a bowl will do wonders, so in this contraption it should work well also. The sugar attracts hornets, i've yet to see a honey bee or anything beyond a gnat or other no-see-um in our traps.</p>
<p>I wish I could of made one for the swimming pool, but my dad told me that I can't take a yellow jacket trap there because its property! I don't like having wasps at the swimming pool, but there's nothing we can do about it cause they like chlorine water.</p>
<p>Despite having drawn the fear and loathing of humans, yellow jackets are in fact important predators of pest insects.<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_jacket#cite_note-Akre-1" rel="nofollow">[1]</a><br></p><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_jacket" rel="nofollow">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_jacket</a></p><p>So, why do you kill them?</p><p><br></p>
<p>I trap and kill them because they are robbing my honey bee hives .</p><p>An evil necessity, They will rob the hive them honeybees won't have enough to make it through the winter </p><p>I do set out sugar water a couple hundred feet away from the hive but put traps close by them </p>
<p>wait till you run over their nest they make in the ground with a lawnmower<br>plus in the fall when they know they are just food for the queen they sting people just because they can.<br>They are not native to the US.</p>
I'm a beekeeper and wasps are hovering around my hives picking off my sweet honeybees left and right. They are very aggressive and would rob my hives if they get half a chance. That would mean the end of my bees.
<p>It absolutely breaks my heart when I hear stories like this, and see videos of *anything* attacking Honey Bees, as they are so sweet and pretty defenseless. I saw a show on TV about how their nests are being decimated by those F'ing (sorry, but gah!) Killer Bees! Watching them dive in and snap the heads off the little Honey Bees brought tears to my eyes, and made me sick to my stomach... and the rate they multiply is terrifying!! Are you going to try these traps? Have you found anything that is working against them to save your little bees?? :*( :*( :*(</p>
<p>When standing outdoors it doesn't matter if a person smells of body odour, deodourant, coffee, perfume, feet, someone else's feet or even the biblical gift of Frankencence a wasp will still choose you over all things available to fly within inches of and it will do so near your head, neck or torso. It will continue to do this even if you try to move away from it.</p><p>If I was known to be aggressive, to sting without provocation and continuously got up in people's faces I would expect to be killed. Wasps, or YJ's as they are known in the US, clearly have not evolved to recognise humans as animals that do not like to be antagonised.</p><p>That and one stung me on the testicle when I was 11.</p>
<p>I am allergic to their sting. Almost killed me as a child.</p>
Because they were attacking my kids and myself UNPROVOKED. My teenager is still traumatized because of them and freaks out anytime a flying insect gets near him now. If the yellow jackets had not been near the house, I would not have had a problem with them, but they were aggressively coming after us every time we went outside.
This was an EPIC Instructable!! Great job!!
very well done! thank you adding to my favorites
<p>you can use coffee if you dont have wine</p>
<p>Yellow jackets are carnivorous, and feed on the bugs that are eating my garden. So I leave them alone now, as long as they don't build nests near the house. </p>
I usually don't bother them if they don't bother us; however, they were attacking us unprovoked.<br>
Crawling in my beer can means war!
Just made two today!<br>Thank you!
<p>I think this is a great idea. It has been around for quite a while a very worthwhile putting it out there again. Also, in the house when it's Fruit Fly season a half-glass of red wine with plastic wrap stretched over the top and a few pencil sized holes punched in that wrap does the trick on them. Bees were my concern also and you only have to try this in your area to see what happens. Bees generally will not intermix near yellow-jacket's territory.</p>
<p>It would seem that M40 is a prepper and does not believe in climate warming. Let's try something novel. How about supplying some real scientific data from many of the learned professionals you are talking about. The ones that have the necessary credentials to be able to speak intelligently about the profession they work in. </p>
OK, can we get back to yellow jackets?
<p>We made these and they work. Thank you. We used red wine first, then after noting the bugs attraction to Monster Energy drink, we tried it. Bottles with Monster caught mor bugs and various types.</p>
<p>never imagined that old yellow jack(ets) had a drinking problem, learn something new everyday.</p>
I made sone of these but with sugar and vinegar and nothing so I just threw them away. But after seeing your results, Im thinking Im going to try them your way. Lol
<p>I love this Instructable!!! And you can bet I am going to make one, in fact, I am going to make several of them. The Yellow Jacket sting is deadly to me to. And these insects are all over my yard. If they want to survive, they better find somewhere else to live.</p>
<p>this works great I was using coke and after read this switched ti red wine which works 10 times better thx </p>
That is awesome!
<p>Isn't it also possible that, rather than red wine attracting them, the red wine and/or the blue bottle neck were seen by the bees to be attacking them ..!? This might also explain why the queen joined in ... You did say and show the vid where bees seemed more to be 'hitting' the trap , in your words .. One would need two otherwise identical traps to be sure .. Perhaps the yellow of 'white wine' is invisible to them ..</p><p>Would be nice to do some experimenting.. </p><p>Very nicely done 'structable! thanks!</p>
It wasn't bees hitting it. It was the yellow jackets. : )
<p>These sound like they'll be great for when I can't be out in the yard with a giant propane torch.<br>I hate yellow jackets &amp; wasps. I love to watch them go down in flames.</p>
<p>Yellow jackets used to be the scourge of camp grounds. My wife would rid our camping area of them by direct action. A piece of spam or cold cuts and a flyswatter were her weapons. The meat attracted them to a picnic table and the swatter did the rest. It usually took only a short time and provided amusement while multitasking other camp chores or reading. The red wine thing surprises me and the bottle trap is a great idea. I wonder if there is a preferred bait for yellow hornets. Plastic bottle traps of similar construction also serve for catching bait fish. Large plastic water bottles work best for this purpose. Bait the bottle with a little cat food, bread or whatever. A pebble inside will aide in sinking the trap. I use paperclips to wire the inverted top to the larger base. Catching small fish in this way amuses and instructs the children as well as providing bait for serious fishing. </p>
<p>has anyone seen how many comments there are on this instructable?!!</p>
Not quite sure why this blew up today. Several accused me of being an insensitive yellow jacket murderer. SMH
<p>Does SMH stand for 'shaking my head'?</p>

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