Natural Beekeeping

Top Bar ApiRevolution has begun! Lets make some inexpensive Top Bar Hives and let them be pesticide free on their own natural comb! Che Guebee is a rebel bee fighting for the survival of the Biodiversity we all depend on and which is seriously endangered by deforestation and mono-crop agriculture! What kind of teaching have you got if you exclude nature?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Inexpensive and simple Wasp Trap for any household

Wasps are part of the ecosystem as every other creature and deserves its place in the Earth's biodiversity. On occasions Wasps can become a nuisance to us humans and to honey bee colonies we keep in our apiaries. Some years are worse than others but Wasps remain present nonetheless. I personally can't tolerate   Wasps nesting under the roof of our cottage. We had a strong nest just 1 meter from the main door last year which had to killed. So to avoid having to tangle large nests I decided to build this inexpensive wasp trap which is very simple to make. Even I can make it :) so simple it is.
Cut the top of any soda bottle with a sharp knife and push the top into the bottle so it forms a funnel.
Fill the bottle with diluted cordial or some sort of juice and add a drop or two of a unscented washing up liquid but make sure not to fill all the way to the funnel because the wasp might escape through it. Do not use Honey in the mixture or sugar syrup; this might attract the honey bees. Hang the trap on the wall or just under the roof so no rain can fall into it.
Wasp Queen trapped. The drop or two of washing up liquid removes the water tension so Wasps can't walk/float on water but rather sink into the solution and drown.


  1. We use these traps too, however it is really brutal way of killing the wasps because they simply drown. One must remember that they are in a way "cleaners", because they most of the time remove dead bees from appiary (when the dead bees are thrown away from the hive). I've watched them doing it and even hornets (at least European ones not Asian) are more interested in dead bees than in these flying.

  2. That’s one of the smartest, easiest, and affordable traps I've seen! This is a great help if you don’t want the hassle of going onto the roof to kill all the wasps that are hiding. This trap you made will certainly attract the wasps and gets them trapped minus the effort.
    Jeffrey Goude @ BugManiacs