This is the Bee Highway they’re all going into the corner of the house there. Now what you’re not seeing is me freaking out of the other bees so all day, long we’ll watch bees go in there. Wasps probably see them swinging around.
How to use an old pop bottle and make an insect trap.
So today, I’m going to make a really simple, wasp or bee trap for you out of an old pop bottle, but I just wanted to show you the beforehand picture, to show you the scope of the problem.
If it’s nice, what we were used to call the Indian summer day, I don’t know if they still call it that or if that’s politically incorrect, but it’s a beautiful day and all the bees think it’s spring. So they came out again and I’m going to take advantage of that to go ahead and zap many of them. So, let’s go inside and I’ll show you how we do it. All right, everybody! Let’s make that insect trap!
What you need to make a bee trap
Here’s all you need! You need any 2-liter soda bottle. You want the kind with the smooth edges there like that.
There are some that are more coke bottle looking, but you want the smooth one and we need something to put in it. So what we’re going to use is sugar and I’ll get some water and we’re going to put as much sugar into the water as we can and probably heat it up on the stove to really get a ton of sugar in there and we’re also going to color it nice bright red, so I’ve got you know – red food coloring.
I’ve heard somewhere that bees and wasps are attracted to red color better. So we’re going to put that in there I’ve used these before and they’re really effective. They may take a day or two, but they get hundreds of wasps out of there. So I’ll just build this thing, run of your very own eyes and put it up and we’ll see how it works.
Let’s cut the bottle in half
You don’t need to top. You can discard that, and I usually cut this just where the tapered part turns into a cylinder puncture it cut it. You need good scissors, utility scissors work, pretty good. Okay. These are two halves that pop out. All the densities you just put in here and all really going to do this – put the nozzle end facing down push pin so it’s level and I’m going to go, get some of my wife’s packing tape for eBay business and just seal around the edges here to make it a nice tight seal with that cellophane tape.
So let me run and grab that this is basically what I’m talking about. I’m going to pull off about a foot and just feed it around on top halfway across this keeps the sharp edges from cutting. You because they can be sharp and it keeps the thing from accidentally or inadvertently, falling apart. All right. That’S the business end of our wasp trap. We need to fill it full of the sugary water we’ll make that next all the things I’ve seen people do are to use a little single hole, punch a hole here and there and hang it from a spring from a branch in a tree if you have a blossom nearby.
But since my wasp is up by a ledge, I’m just going to eat, leave this like this and set it up on that ledge! Okay, let’s make the bait okay we’re at the stovetop! I’m just going to try to make hot water with a ton of sugar in it, make it a supersaturated, sugary substance compound, I’m probably going to add about a cup, to begin with.
Prepare your bait, dissolve sugar in water
It’s not exact! That was a ton and I’m going to slowly stir that to dissolve all that sugar, some generic red food dye, this the old-school bottle form drop some in there when you’re. Using this, the color, like that, it’s best to use a clear, 2-liter bottle. I know they make brown ones and green ones, but you want to use the clear one to show off the color the best so we’ll heat this up and I’ll get all the sugar dissolved and then we’ll pour it in there and I’ll go put it by the bee trap and we’re going to start catching bees and wasps and whatever else wants to go in there and meet its maker.
Okay, I’ve got came to a boil. All these sugar dissolved added just a little bit more a second again, I’m going to stir it up. One more time, turn the heat off and pour this mixture into the trap. It is important to make sure you love all of the water and the steam is blocking it right now, but the level of the water is well below the neck of the bottle that you cut to put in ourself a tab under the inch
I’m going to add a little bit more all right. The bees are just swarming out there the wasps for whatever they are. We have that ledge up there by the top of the glass right about there. It’s going to be wide enough for me to set that hot mixture, so I’m gonna go ahead and set in place actually kind of nerve-wracking we’re going to come back in a few hours and check out our handiwork. Okay. Yesterday I put together that bee trap and it was a nice hot sunny day in the fall. Today it is probably 60 degrees. Maybe 55 wind chills up.
There is where the tree is flying along. So that being said, all pretty much be activity, that’s east, so the trap wasn’t really tremendously effective. I don’t think, but I’m going to pull it down and show you what we did get alright they’re spinning around a little bit.
There’s looks like about a half a dozen six or seven bees in there, a wasp or two, but shortly after I put this out on the ledge, the cold front came through and the bee hid. So I’m going to show you another trap that I made a couple of weeks ago, using a green, a green bottle and that thing is full of bugs.
Place it where the bees are
I left it up for a day or two, this one, not so much, but this is a really inexpensive way to greatly mitigate any kind of bee problem. You can hang it in a tree set on a ledge set it on the ground anywhere near the bee source they’ll be attracted and you’ll get rid of them quickly. All I’m going to do with this saying is take it over and throw it in the trash and we’re doing and stand by for another video.
Okay, this is the after picture of the 2-liter bottle, wasp, or bee trap. You can see floating in there are probably 30 or 40 bees, and the price of this is a leftover 2-liter bottle, maybe half a cup of sugar, and some red dye food coloring dye.
You can see how many are floating in there. So if you want to do a quick, effective and cheap trap, don’t go to the store and buy a $10 a strap.
Just recycle your stuff, and you can just throw this right in the trash man.