Juice Carton Wasp Trap!




About: I'm into inventing, improvising and growing!

Tired of wasps invading your garden space? Of course you are! This instructable will show you how to make a trap that will catch loads (if not all!) of the wasps flying around your garden within a few hours.

My reasoning behind this project is as follows:
I was surfing the web for wasp solutions, and I found out that a company was selling wasp traps...
I found this ridiculous! I was set on making my own wasp trap ASAP!

Check out the other trap here!: https://www.instructables.com/id/Cider-Can-Wasp-Trap/

Step 1: Preparations

Any juice (or milk) carton with a lid should work for this instructable. What you will need:
A sweet liquid
Tape (optional)

Make sure NOT to wash the carton before use, because the orange bits help to attract wasps.

Step 2: Open the Carton

Opening the carton should be fairly simple. Just pull the tabs on the side of the carton and open fully

Step 3: Baiting the Trap

It's not a secret that wasps LOVE sweet things... So what I'm using here is sweet jam, and sweet cranberry juice.

You don't need to use too much liquids, because as long as its a few inches deep, the wasps will be stuck for good!

Step 4: Sealing Up the Trap

To finish the trap, you need to pull the tabs back to their original position, and staple them shut.

To make sure it was sealed properly, I added a small bit of electrical tape over the staples.

Step 5: Catching Some Wasps!

Place the trap down in a central location in your garden/patio. Remove the lid and watch the wasps pile in.

Note: my patio area is very windy, so I taped the trap onto the curb to secure it.

When all wasps are caught, replace the lid and dispose of the trap properly! Hope this helps with your wasp problems!



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    10 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I'm gonna try this thank you!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Wasps are a beneficial garden insect. They paper wasps collect the caterpillars which can decimate your lawn, trees, and vegetables. The mud daubers collect black widow spiders. If you can stop yourself from waving your arms around when a wasp flies by, they will learn in about 3 seconds to leave you alone.

    1 reply

    Let me explain to you why someone, like me, wants to kill wasps. I don't care about making them extinct but because I am extremely allergic to their bit, to the point that it could kill me, I want to get rid of the extreme infestation that I have around my deck, all around my house and around the shop and barn where I work. I'll bet you havn't thought about that, duh!


    I don't understand why you would want to kill the wasps? Wasps are very beneficial to gardens and gardeners, especially organic gardens. Try to accept them as part of the outdoors and be aware of the fact that they have their functions in our shared environment. Now that bees are dying all across America, be thankful you have pollinators like wasps. One day, they may be all we have.


    5 years ago on Step 5

    This is a great idea! Think I'll try pouring some sugary juice in through the spout instead of opening the top. Thanks very much!!

    2 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Step 5

    Of course you can do that too, but I didn't have a funnel handy... And it is very difficult to jam in without a funnel!


    5 years ago

    I tried some other wasp traps on here with no success so far. I will give this one a shot. Thanks for the post. Out of curiosity, what kind of wasps did you have? The ones bugging me are run of the mill paper wasps.

    1 reply

    You should definitely try it... This trap is for "non-carnivorous" wasps, and I'm nearly sure this should work for the paper wasp!
    I have another wasp trap to upload, which you should check out too!