How To Create Your Own Hornet Trap
As delightful as the warm weather and bright sunshine can be, at some point, you will probably find yourself in need of a hornet trap. These pests flying around your garden, patio and home are not friendly and show no mercy when it comes to attacking. While some species deliver a typical painful sting, others are dangerously venomous.
Hornets are like most other social wasps and are prone to mobilizing the whole nest to sting if they feel threatened which is very dangerous to a human or a pet. If one hornet releases their alarm pheromone, they can trigger all of the other hornets to join them in an attack. Therefore, it is important to never kill a hornet if it is anywhere close to its nest.
Making A Homemade Trap
To make a homemade hornet trap, you will need a 2-liter bottle, dish soap, water, scissors, stapler, fishing line, fishing hook and raw meat.
- Using your scissors, cut the top off of your empty 2-liter plastic bottle, approximately one third down from the top.
- Take the smaller portion of the bottle with the opening, remove the cap and turn it upside down.
- Place this back into the rest of the bottle so you have a concave dish. The small opening that you typically pour out of is facing down. Staple the two parts of the bottle together around the edges.
- Add water to the bottle until it is almost half way full.
- Add in a couple of drops of your dish soap to attract the insects to your hornet trap.
- Hook a very small piece of your raw meat to the fishing hook and use your fishing line to hang this through the opening, right above the water line. Adding the meat to your bottle will attract egg-laying queens and larger hornets.
- Place your hornet trap in a corner part of your yard or somewhere away from where you and your family gather. The hornets will usually drown before they can maneuver their way back up through the hole. This is an ideal hornet trap because it is easily disposed of and inexpensive.
Beer Can Trap
Beer can traps are ideal if you need a quick fix to keep hornets, bees and wasps away from where you are at whether you are in your yard, camping or on a picnic. Nothing ruins a BBQ or family outing faster than an encounter with angry stinging insects.
- You will need several beer cans that have about ¼ can of beer left in them. The beer can be fresh, stale, cold or warm, the insects are not fussy.
- Place the cans at least 10 feet away from where you are. It is important to keep pets and children away from the cans.
- Hang them or place them in the desired location. Hornets are attracted to the smell of the beer and when they enter the can, they fall into the beer and drown.
Getting Rid Of Nests
Building a hornet trap is not always enough to keep your yard safe if they have already nested. When you spray nests, it is essential that you do so in the evening when there is no activity.
- Identify the type of insect that you are dealing with so you know where to look for the nests. The nest of a paper wasp looks like an umbrella made out of paper and is usually found under a horizontal surface such as a tree branch or your home's eaves. A hornet nest is considerably thicker and is usually in an area that is hard to reach like trees or the rafters of your garage. Yellow jackets build their nests underground or on the sides of building.
- Spray an insecticide that is specifically for hornets and wasps and choose one that sprays at least 20 feet so you do not have to get too close. Completely saturate the nest.
- Wait 24 hours before attempting to remove the nest to see if there is any lingering activity. If there is, you need to spray again and then wait 24 hours to recheck the nest before removing.
- Never touch the nest! Use a broom or some type of object to get the nest into a plastic bag that you can tie shut and throw away.