Wasp Trap

Most people cannot distinguish between wasps and bees for the cross resemblance this insects are. For bees their interest is only pollen and nectars from different plants and as for the wasp they are predatory. Wasps usually tour most gardens looking for other small insects like caterpillars to prey on. Occasionally they are also found in flowering plants, drinking nectar. The wasps are social insects that form colonies living in a nest. Their nests are usually found in soil, roof spaces, under eaves and in trees.

Types of wasps

Yellow jackets: is a predatory wasp that can be spotted by their distinctive markings on their body. They are usually small having close resemblance to bees. The female yellow jacket wasps are capable of stinging if provoked. Yellow jackets make their nest mostly in protected areas such as; stumps, human made structures and in soil cavities.

Paper wasps: they are ? to 1 inch in size. Mostly, they build their nest in the soil cavity. By mixing saliva and plant stems they make sure their nest are water resistant. They also secrete a certain chemical from their bodies that repel ants and other predators away from their nests to protect the eggs or brood. They can be identified by having open combs with cells for brood rearing.

Mud daubers wasps: they are easily identified by their long and slender bodies. They build their nests using mud and that’s where their name comes from. They are categorized into three types;

The organ-pipe mud dauber.

The black and yellow mud dauber.

The metallic blue mud dauber.

This type of wasp is rarely aggressive although they protect themselves through stinging.

Cicada killers: They are usually found on mountain region and prefer to dig their burrows in sand. The mature wasp feeds on flower nectar while during the larval stage they feed on the cicadas brought to be burrowed by adults. Although they usually ignore confrontation by human being they can give a very painful sting if bothered.

How to make wasp trap

After knowing the different types of wasps around your compound, there is always a better way to get rid of those that are dangerous. Wasp sting can cause allergies and pain. Sometimes these allergies can be fatal. Here are some tips to build a better wasp trap:

· Take an empty two liter plastic bottle that has even width on sides.

· Cut off the top of the bottle using a sharp knife, just below the uneven surface of the bottle.

· Place some baits below the bottom of the bottle.(baits can be jam dissolved in water, fruit juice or beer).

· Place the top of the bottle upside down into the main bottle. Make sure the bottle cap is removed.

· Set the trap wherever you have spotted the wasp, that is; in flower bed, in the soil or on the roof.

· The wasp will fly inside the trap to try and get the bait and they will automatically be trapped.

The most common prevention of wasps around your place is by keeping your garbage cans always closed. The water source around your yard should be well closed as wasps spend most of their time collecting water to build their nests.