You could also call it a “Mastiff Trap” because that’s the first thing we caught in our DIY Hornet Trap!
Anyway after I posted directions for the DIY Fake Hornet Nest the other day I got a couple of emails asking “WHAT ELSE can I do to keep the hornets out of my yard besides resorting to chemical sprays?” The fake nests are NOT 100% effective, they discourage wasps from making nests, hanging out, living IN and AROUND your work area. BUT wasps will still be in your yard because they’re flying through, they’re coming for water, they’re coming for aphid nectar, whatever they’re doing, they’re still around. But the won’t be AS HEAVY.
What can you do to reduce the number of wasps in your yard even more? Make an easy DIY Hornet Trap! So easy, super effective! The wasps still hanging around your lawn, fire pit, chicken house are they are there for a reason, usually food or water related. So if you can make a couple of these traps and put them around where hornets congregate you’ll be sure to reduce your numbers even more.
What you need for a DIY Hornet Trap:
- a plastic water bottle or a 2 liter bottle and even a milk just will work
- scissors or a knife
- cutting board
- bait for your trap-a sweet aromatic juice or meat scraps will bring lots of wasps
- tape-you might need this to make little tabs to lift the lid of your trap to discard dead hornets and reload your bait
These DIY Hornet Traps are so EASY to make!
- remove the lid from your water bottle
- cut the top 2-3 inches off the bottle
- invert the piece you cut on top of the bottle
- place it where hornets are found, ours have still been heavy out by our fire pit so I put a couple out there
- well you need to bait it, add a couple inches of sweet juice to the bottom or a couple pieces of meat or even the combo meat AND juice works too-sometimes you need to try a few different juices or meat scraps to find what works for you-if you bait it and you DON’T get hornets, pour it out and try again with a different bait
- If you need to create a little tab with tape to lift the id on and off it’s better to do it now before it gets sticky or filled with hornets
I think I’m tossing out of couple dozen hornets a day now with this handy trap and when the season is over I’ll pour it out, rinse it and recycle the whole thing.