Cider Can Wasp Trap!

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Here is my Cider Can Wasp Trap! It works like a charm and will clear up your pest problem...

This one is similar to my "Juice Carton Wasp Trap", but it makes sure that very few wasps escape, due to the inward slope of the entrance

Here's the other trap!:

Step 1: Preparations!

What I used here was just an average cider can.

Of course a beer can or a fizzy-drink can would do the job too!

What you will need:
A can
A sweet liquid
Magazine (optional)

Step 2: Open That Can Up!

Using your scissors, remove the top part of the can, and save that for later.

Trim the jagged edges of the two sections, just to avoid any cuts later on!

Step 3: Bait the Trap

I am using the same combination as the previous trap: cranberry juice and jam!

This is a tried and tested formula, and works very well.

Fill the can up to about the 2 inch mark, and give it a swirl... The mixture should be sticky, and liquidy!

Step 4: Completing the Trap!

To finish the trap, place the top part of the can upside down into the bottom part.

This is when you use your hammer to tap it down into the can.

You can use your magazine to place between the hammer and can, this makes the fitting process a lot easier!

The trap is complete when the top has been completely fitted into the bottom!

Step 5: Set Your Trap!

Like the previous wasp trap, you need to place it somewhere central in your "wasp zone", to make the trapping more efficient.

Don't leave it too long, I learned the hard way!
When the trap becomes too full, the wasps are able to escape, because they no longer "stick" to the gooey mixture.
It is a lot harder to dispose of a full trap, than a half-full trap!

I hope this helps with you wasp problem!



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    5 years ago

    Great Idea you have my vote I suggest not using poison especially not fluid poison as it may evaporate and release poison fumes into the air and your pet might try to eat the wasps if they escape from the can and if it dose it may get poisoned (very expensive vet bill) p.s great idea i am going to make one now


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Wasps have a bad reputation simply because people don't know how to behave around them. Wasps are possibly the most beneficial insect in the garden. Last year before the heat got so bad I had a population of about 300 in 30 different nests around the house. If you leave them alone, they will do their job of collecting black widow spiders and plant eating caterpillars so you don't have to use insecticides to stop them from destroying your garden. It only takes about 30 seconds to gain the trust of an entire wasp nest. You slowly get as close as you care to with your arms at your sides. When one of the wasps leaves the nest to investigate you, hold perfectly still. In less than 5 seconds the wasp will return to the nest. From then on you can ignore them and they will ignore you. Last year I accidentally knocked two wasps off of a nest I had already acclimated to. One of the wasps flew into my face and landed on my glasses. The other one invaded my space in a menacing circular pattern. The one on my glasses joined the other one for a few seconds and then they returned to the nest. No problem. Just (pretend to) relax.


    5 years ago

    SPARE POISON, He has some, but its earmarked for another "project". None to spare.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    How about putting some kind of sticky poison on the upper inside half of the can so when it is fuller with wasps, when they try to crawl up they get into the poison.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I think the idea is to trap 'em without poisons. It's a "mechanical" trap, not a "chemical" bait. But it'd probably work, nonetheless. It'd just be a bit redundant. I think, anyway. Only one way to know if it works is to try it. I got a wasp problem by me, because of a bin full of soda and beer cans. I might try this myself. :) But without poisons to start, and only if necessary.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, you have it spot on with the poison... That is how I got my wasp problem also by leaving my bin outside over the weekend!
    I'd say I cleared up around 30 wasps in one hour with this one!
    Let me know if it works for you!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    That's a great idea, but this trap was meant to be an improvisation of household objects... I don't have any spare poison hanging around my house haha!... But if you have it, why not?!