Wasps are always an annoyance during the summer. After having the hummingbird nectar drip out of a faulty feeder onto some plants, this was attracting the wasps. Not only were these bold insects chasing away hummingbirds but they were also eating all the hummingbird’s food from the feeders.
I used a garden hose and sprayed down the plants to get the sweet nectar off. That seemed to work and the wasps were gone.
The first thing to know is NOT to swat or aggravate the wasps as that irritates them and they will attack and sting. I was annoyed with the wasps chasing away the hummingbirds and wanted revenge on those flying pests and spraying them with water made me happy. Fortunately I didn’t get stung. I still didn’t want wasps around our deck so I made this DIY wasp trap. It was very easy to make with items in our house.
- Use 700 mL or 2 L size plastic bottle and cut the top off.
- Unscrew the cap first, flip the top of the bottle upside down and into the bottle.
- Tape the top of the two pieces together with tape.
If you want your trap to hang, use a hole-punch and make holes on both sides for a handle. The handle can be a piece of wire.
Bait the trap.
You can use any of the following bait:
- sugar and lemon juice
- sugar and water
- sugar and vinegar (adding vinegar keeps bees out of the trap)
The bait should not reach the opening of the bottle––the wasps should have to completely enter the trap in order to eat the bait and not get out of the trap.
Place this trap at least four feet off the ground and a good distance away from your house or picnic area. Since I wanted the wasp trap on the deck I used a tiki lantern holder and placed it close to the hummingbird feeder.
Empty the trap regularly and add fresh bait.
In the unfortunate event that you or someone gets stung, here are some homemade treatments for wasp stings:
- Remove the stinger by scraping it out before using these treatments.
- Ice – Press on the sting for 20 minutes. Ice helps reduce pain and swelling.
- Baking soda – make a thick paste of baking soda and water and cover the sting area. Leave for about 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Helps reduce swelling.
- Potato – cut a piece of a raw potato and hold on sting area. This relief’s pain, swelling, itching and redness.
- Vinegar – drip a few drops directly onto the skin to neutralize the venom and reduce pain.
- Apple cider vinegar – soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and hold on the area. Neutralizes the venom.
- Lemon – cut a slice of fresh lemon and hold on the area for about 10 minutes.
- Hand sanitizer – rub on the area to neutralize the venom and cool off the area.
Most of these items are staples of most households and great to have on hand in case of a wasp sting. Some people have serious allergies to wasp venom and if you do – go to the hospital for medical attention!
I hope with this wasp trap the hummingbirds can eat in peace and enjoy their time around our deck. I know we enjoy having them here!