McDonald's Wasp Trap!

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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

    3 years ago

    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.

    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

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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

    3 years ago

    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

    3 years ago

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

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    tfb1909

    3 years ago on Step 3

    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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    sarge89or

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Ignorance is bliss. I am a beekeeper and a member of the local beekeepers club. I can assure this trap will not hurt honeybees, carpenter bees, or other non-agressive bees. I have yellow jacket traps made similar to this and have never trapped anything other than yellow jackets. Chill dude.

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    IamTheMomosarge89or

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for real and useful information. I would never want to harm bees, but wasps are holding me hostage in my house because they have built several nests in my carport. I have been in anaphylatic shock 3 times from stings from wasps and fire ants, and the last time was nearly fatal. My tongue and lips were hugely swollen, and my throat nearly completely swollen shut by the time I got to a hospital, and I had to be intubated and kept on life support for hours. This is not funny stuff, but for some of us, deadly.

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    FlorinJIamTheMomo

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Borrow a beekeeper's equipment (wire mesh mask with a hood plus gloves) a stick and a metal bucket. Ideally, wait until it's freezing cold outside. Go scrape those nests with the stick into the bucket, pour some motor oil (not gasoline!) into the bucket, and burn the nests. Chances are good you'll no longer have wasps around for a while. If your area is for some reason wasp-friendly, they'll probably return, but you can always repeat the process.

    And yes, as one whose grandfather was a beekeeper, who has worked with bees since childhood, I hate wasps, and have no problem killing them.

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    cfieirassarge89or

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Still against killing insects but I understand they are a danger to bees. Thanks for the clarification and apologize for ignorance!

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    ClasameC

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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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    sarge89orClasameC

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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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    Auteur47sarge89or

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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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    Auteur47

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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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    EdC26andresmora

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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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    andresmoraEdC26

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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

    3 years ago on Step 3

    Works fine for cockroach, but use "Corona" beer