Introduction: McDonald's Wasp Trap!

This is a very simple Instructable for a quick and simple wasp trap using a McDonald's McCafé Iced Mango or any of their fruity flavors....

Step 1: Drink!

Consume about 3/4's of the drink......

Step 2: Flip Your Lid

Invert the lid.....

Step 3: Job Done!

Sit back and wait.......

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pselliott made it!(author)2015-10-27

In reference to the wasps in your carport, Lowe's sells an inexpensive can of wasp & hornet spray, a citrus mix of sorts, and it shoots a long distance...with immediate knockdown effect. If you wait until all the wasps return to their nest in the evening, turn loose a stream of the wasp spray and they will fall dead in a pile. Soak the nest and pull it down after at least 24 hours. The label notes that it is harmful to fish...it will kill any wasps that return to the nest the next day. Make sure to read the label, but it has worked great for me. On the other hand, I am going to try this idea out (wasps are too stupid to figure out how to crawl back out of the hole in the lid). Hope this helps.

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kimberley.vaughan.7 made it!(author)2015-09-17

What a fabulous idea. I've fiddled around with heaps of different fly etc traps. Will try this one, can't argue with your dead critters! Thanks.

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Fuzzworth made it!(author)2015-09-13

To evacuate a nest of yellow jackets, get out your shop vac, add a tube that will extend the wand to about ten feet, turn on the vac and probe the nest with the wand. The yellow jackets will "attack" the end of the tube and get sucked in. I've done this a number of times and have never been stung--they are focused on the tube, not on the human holding it. In my experience the trip down the tube and the corrugated hose into the shop vac kills them, and I've never had any trouble with them escaping. To be safe, I stick a little tape over the end of the hose after the deed is done, and leave it for a day or two. A friend suggested sealing the bag and submerging it, but I have never found that necessary. Once they're out, you can destroy the nest.

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mquinn10 made it!(author)2015-09-13

Absolutely terrific!!!! My cat greets at all the things that fly about but does nothing about it (I think I'm kind of thankful...) and I'm disabled and can't really chase things...but this has worked a treat!!!

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a206h made it!(author)2015-09-11

Why? There's too many humans on the planet, arent there?

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tfb1909 made it!(author)2015-09-10

Excellent - thanks for sharing this! I tend to over-engineer solutions to problems, and the most simple, direct route to a solution is most often best. I'll be giving this a try!

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ClasameC made it!(author)2015-09-08

It's really stupid topic. Remember that Monsanto, a multinational company that wants to dominate the world through transgenic foods, seizing absolute control of the global supply. One of the measures being taken is to kill all the bees in the world. They already have the robotic bee list for promote fertilization, (THEY WILL sold or leased to the high costs to farmers) Po favor. Best presents a project that supports the life of bees. Without them you can not eat anything.

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sarge89or made it!(author)2015-09-08

Only those who think Monsanto or any other large corporation is intentionally producing substances to exterminate mankind are ignorant and uninformed. You are definitely amusing with your joking around.

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Auteur47 made it!(author)2015-09-10

It may only seem that way. But that impression regarding Monsanto or any other large corporation, is hard to shake, given how corporations sometimes behave. Capitalism is all about making a buck. Regardless of what their PR departments try to push, the bottom line is their TOP priority. I personally do not have a problem with that, per se. But let's not delude ourselves. To the corporations, everything else is subordinated to profit. Everything is first regarded as a commodity, including humans.

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o-11-02-fiftytwo made it!(author)2015-09-10

Wow what a great idea thanks

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Auteur47 made it!(author)2015-09-10

As far as natural enemies are concerned, I observed a California scrub jay EAT a wasp. Gulp, and it was history! At first I was concerned that the bird was going to become a casualty to learning the hard way. But, no. Madeline (I know, pet names for wild animals and all) just went on her merry way and was seen the next day, business as usual.

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andresmora made it!(author)2015-09-08

yellow jackets aren't bees and wikipedia knows it Yellow jackets are sometimes mistakenly called "bees" (as in "meat bees"), given that they are similar in size and appearance and both sting, but yellow jackets are actually wasps. They may be confused with other wasps, such as hornets and paper wasps. Polistes dominula, a species of paper wasp, is very frequently misidentified as a yellow jacket. A typical yellow jacket worker is about 12 mm/0.5 in long, with alternating bands on the abdomen; the queen is larger, about 19 mm/0.75 in long (the different patterns on their abdomens help separate various species). Workers are sometimes confused with honey bees, especially when flying in and out of their nests. Yellow jackets, in contrast to honey bees, are not covered with tan-brown dense hair on their bodies, they do not carry pollen, and do not have the flattened hairy hind legs used to carry it.

These species have lance-like stingers with small barbs, and typically sting repeatedly,[1] though occasionally a stinger becomes lodged and pulls free of the wasp's body; the venom, like most bee and wasp venoms, is primarily only dangerous to humans who are allergic or are stung many times. All species have yellow or white on their faces. The mouthparts are well-developed with strong mandibles for capturing and chewing insects, with probosces for sucking nectar, fruit, and other juices. Yellow jackets build nests in trees, shrubs, or in protected places such as inside man-made structures, or in soil cavities, tree stumps, mouse burrows, etc. They build them from wood fiber they chew into a paper-like pulp. Many other insects exhibit protective mimicry of aggressive, stinging yellow jackets; in addition to numerous bees and wasps (Müllerian mimicry), the list includes some flies, moths, and beetles (Batesian mimicry).

Yellow jackets' closest relatives, the hornets, closely resemble them, but have larger heads, seen especially in the large distance from the eyes to the back of the head.[1]

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EdC26 made it!(author)2015-09-10

If they aren't honey bees, I mercilessly destroy them, their homes and all of their children. Wasps (including Hornets, Yellow Jackets, Evil GD Bumblebees) Bad. Honey Bees Good.

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andresmora made it!(author)2015-09-10

In my country, Chile, yellow jackets are not endemic insect. It is an introduced pest and has no natural enemies, so there is no control over it and its reproduction. This plague having no natural enemies attacks another kind of insect which is extremely damaging to the local environment.

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garg11 made it!(author)2015-09-10

Works fine for cockroach, but use "Corona" beer

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tyler+roberts made it!(author)2015-09-09

"Consume about 3/4's of the drink......" yeah no...

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stressed61603 made it!(author)2015-09-09

Add a little bit of Vodka blend and down the hatch. (every thing goes better with Vodka) ; ~)

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dkiehl made it!(author)2015-09-09

I must agree! Toddy anyone

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lbrewer42 made it!(author)2015-09-08

But...but...but its from a fast food restaurant... won't it be bad for their cholesterol levels if the wasps consume something from a fast food restaurant?

Better use fresh squeezed.

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marcusobrien made it!(author)2015-09-09

About as funny as a carpet.

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Antzy+Carmasaic made it!(author)2015-09-09

I find carpets pretty funny XD

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tomatoskins made it!(author)2015-09-03

So simple! Love it! Would you suggest securing the lid at all? Can the bees escape if you don't secure it?

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marcusobrien made it!(author)2015-09-09

They are not Bees they are Wasps, do you know the difference ?

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cv-03-btf made it!(author)2015-09-08

More efficient sugar and 1/1 water ... and a little vinegar. Bees do not like vinegar.

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nthompson11 made it!(author)2015-09-08

I did not know this, I will have to add a little vinegar to try that out!

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brewbox made it!(author)2015-09-03

We love bees! this is for wasps :) You could run tape around the join but as long as you don't knock it over the lid stays in fine with no escapees.

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LydiaT2 made it!(author)2015-09-08

I found that sweat bees can be trapped this way also.

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BejoyA made it!(author)2015-09-08

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jtechian made it!(author)2015-09-08

Good way to make a trap like this is with a 2 liter plastic soda bottle. Cut the top off and invert it, then you can just staple the plastic to keep it in place. Fill with the sweet mix about 1/3 and sit it where you need to rid these yellow jacket wasp. To make them sure not to live long add 1 or 2 drops of liquid soap to make your mix like quicksand to them. Soap reduces the surface tension and they fall in the liquid fast.

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inciteman made it!(author)2015-09-08

One of the hardest Instructable's I've ever seen. lol.. Does it work just with McDonalds Orange Mango or do they like other flavors too? And refill with pretty much anything sweet? Anyway, cool instructable!

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chuck.sgro made it!(author)2015-09-08

cheaper & better water & 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in a 4 litres bottle (1.05669 gallons)

cut a hole a little bigger than the cap. After you catch a few bugs, tip content at the base of your roses (any plant in your garden) instant fertalizer.

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gdrozd made it!(author)2015-09-08

just went to MCD and the lids they use are are flat so this is useless

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BennyB4 made it!(author)2015-09-08

cool!

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markweatherill made it!(author)2015-09-08

wasp = bee with trollface

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nthompson11 made it!(author)2015-09-08

You make my head hurt... here I did a google search for you so that you can become educated and in your statement, because wasp aren't the same as bees.
http://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/bee-vs-wasp.htm

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markweatherill made it!(author)2015-09-08

Thanks! I now amend my statement: Wasp = flying trollface

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Comanchegyrl made it!(author)2015-09-08

Nice trick for wasps in a problem area, but please remember that wasps are beneficial insects. They eat grubs, caterpillars, weevils, etc. and they also are pollinators.

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TeresaM7 made it!(author)2015-09-04

Either my wasps are genetic defectives or they're uber smart. I've tried this style trap with several different baits. I've caught some flies, but narry a wasp has been trapped. Grrrr....

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sarge89or made it!(author)2015-09-08

Dissolve equal amounts of sugar and water by weight and pour into the trap. If there are yellow jackets around they will find it irresistible. The traps work best in the fall when other sources of food are becoming harder to find.

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vandercolt made it!(author)2015-09-08

Fruit Flies love it , but if you use Saran wrap with a rubber band to secure the wrap they won't escape ....Just toothpick about 10 holes Wasps are harder to bait in the sweet traps , but Yellow Jacket Hornets can be MORE Pesky therefore bait them in a place away from your BBQ Area ......Good Hunting .......BBQ Sauce n Honey mix baits them away at our cook outs . if All that fails go out , and get a Wasp Halloween costume to look like one of em and they will be very playful too .

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TeresaM7 made it!(author)2015-09-08

LMAO! Whether for good or ill, paper wasps are my only real problem. They make them dang big here in Louisiana! I'll keep trying, though :-)

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meinook made it!(author)2015-09-08

Caught this on your way home from Burning Man I see.

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RalphB2 made it!(author)2015-09-08

Gotta try this Great !

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jmacdonald13 made it!(author)2015-09-08

If you have a garden then wasps are definitely not the enemy and the last thing you'd want to get rid of. I grow apples and I'm more than happy to have some holes in a few because the wasps work so hard clearing up the real pests.

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danny6114 made it!(author)2015-09-08

I could be mistaken, but those look like yellowjackets.

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Bradcan made it!(author)2015-09-08

Genius, so simple. Thanks.

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lsrieck made it!(author)2015-09-08

I find that if you microwave the wasps first and then blend them they are easier to drink. Also less likely to get a stinger caught in the throat

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%C5%81ukasz made it!(author)2015-09-04

Are there any good recipes for wasps?

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Slk_Stephane made it!(author)2015-09-03

Looks easy and looks fantastic but some visitors might think that this is a drink and might drink it. LOL

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