5 Stars By Molly Phillips on 2012-09-09
Use the right bait and it's a perfect trap.
I bought this trap out of frustration as wasps, yellow jackets and hornets were completely taking over my deck. After one day of use the trap was so full I could barely see any liquid. The secret to attracting wasps is to have a better bait in the trap than whatever they're going after. I mix one can of beer with about 2 cups of sugar and throw in some diced fruit scraps; any kind of fruit will do but I found apples, peaches and bananas work best (this also makes a great butterfly attractant if you put it on trees!). It's so popular sometimes there are wasps buzzing around the trap before I can even get it hung up!
The only downsides to this trap is that it can be hard to clean, especially if you plan on scrubbing out the insides at the end of a season. Soaking it in a tub of white vinegar should do the trick. I've also found that the local raccoons have figured out how to drink the bait inside if I leave the trap out overnight, so if you have a raccoon problem I suggest emptying out the trap in the evening and putting it back out in the morning. It will also attract all kinds of bees, so if you want to keep your honeybee or bumblebee population healthy you may want to look for a more targeted wasp approach.
If your aim is to get rid of all the stinging insects around your house, look no further than this trap! Just remember if it's honeybees that are causing you trouble, there are local organizations who will take away colonies of honeybees, please don't trap and kill them.
4 Stars By Grandma GG on 2013-06-12
Just needs the right bait!
I tried baiting it with apple juice laced with Karo Syrup, root-beer,7-up, and fruit jams, all of which the wasps find attractive at our dinner table - but it was a no-go in this trap. In the trap's defense, I bought 3 different styles of traps and none of them was catching anything. Then I chanced upon the right bait and all three traps quickly filled with wasps & flies:
Traps: mix solution in a large container and keep it in the garage fridge, refilling the traps with it as needed. Wasps cannot resist it, but honey bees are not attracted to it because of the vinegar.
* 1 bottle beer
* 2 TBS white or cider vinegar
* 1 TBS lemon juice (I use the bottled kind from the grocery store)
* ½ tsp dish detergent
Wasps love beer and are not deterred by vinegar, but honey bees hate vinegar so it keeps bees from accidentally getting lured into your traps. Only add a small amount of dish soap to avoid overpowering the smell of the bait. Less than a teaspoon is more than enough. The soap sticks to them and removes their protective coating. The acids in the vinegar and lemon juice then kill the wasp. That it also attracts and kills flies is the lagniappe that comes with this recipe.
Spray their nests:
* 1 gallon water
* 1 cup dish detergent
* 1 cup vinegar
* ¼ cup lemon juice
* ¼ cup peppermint extract
The detergent/vinegar/lemon kills the existing wasps in the nest. Wasps are absolutely repulsed by the scent of peppermint so any wasps who escaped will not return to the nesting area. Put solution into pressurized sprayer and spray nesting areas after dark when wasps have settled in for the night.
I now keep small bottles with a couple cotton balls inside that are saturated with baby oil and peppermint oil near the gutter entries that the wasps favored and I've been wasp nest free for the remainder of the summer even though the traps continue to catch a couple wasps every day.
4 stars because it isn't as easy to clean and the liquid needs refreshing more often than in my other traps, but if you keep a close eye on it, it does as good a job keeping down wasp and house fly populations as the far more expensive glass traps.
5 Stars By K. Decker on 2015-04-09
Perfect every Spring!
This Bee Catcher is my second one. My first one got super dirty. I was cleaning it with bleach and then I would add fruit juice or sugar water. As the sun bakes in these mixtures and the flies, bees, wasps, and the like get trapped and die, it would leave a black mold behind. So this time, I'm using Karo Syrup in the bottom, it's sweet, it sticks and at the end of the season, I'll toss it and buy a new one next year. One thing, the rope for hanging is crap. I use a picture hanging wire to hang mine, and it has lasted through seasons.
5 Stars By Circle B Ranch on 2016-08-07
WORKS LIKE A CHARM!
I honestly thought these might be a gimmick product. However, after using this product for the last three weeks, I'm a believer! Of course, this assumes that you use the right "bait" in the bottle, which I've found to be extremely important. What has worked for me is diluted jam, sweet soda pop, beer, or diluted molasses. We have an abundance of wasps and yellow jackets this year due to a warm winter last season, so it has been a battle.
Basically, the wasps and yellow jackets crawl in and can't get out. I would recommend that you clean out the trap while there is liquid in it, rather than letting it evaporate. By my estimate, these traps (3) have killed about 100 yellow jackets and wasps in the three weeks of use. Highly effective, and I would strongly recommend this product.
UPDATE: One year later....
After storing the traps for the winter, I put them out again this year, and to my amazement, they work even better! I use a mix of water/sugar at 3:1 ratio, a tablespoon of molasses, ½ cup of vinegar, and a can of cheap beer. Pour the mix up to the bottom of the first entry points, and watch all of the action. I am getting so many dead critters that I have to empty the traps nearly every day, and the pool area is generally wasp/yellow jacket clear. (P.S. The vinegar helps repel honey bees who don't like the smell; conversely, it attracts wasps and yellow jackets who like a sweet/sour smell.)
These traps will probably last one more year at which time I will purchase three more. Great product!
4 Stars By madeline audrey on 1969-12-31
Works for Flies
I was having trouble finding the right bait for wasps, but this works great for flies! I put in fruit juice and they fly right in. Picture includes my fist to show the size of the trap - they were much bigger than I expected. The packaging for the traps was all bent and torn and one of them arrived broken. That said, I'm still happy with the one that works.
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5 Stars By Kelly on 2016-08-19
I had a wasp trap like this one that I used for several years
I had a wasp trap like this one that I used for several years. After several years of weather and sun the plastic became old and eventually broke. Needing a new wasp trap I went to Walmart and could not find the same trap so I purchase a different kind. After several weeks I had not caught one wasp and decided to look for this trap on BTA-MALL. I’m so glad I found this trap again because nothing works better. I purchase this trap and when it arrived I quickly put it in place. Within a few minutes this wasp trap was doing its job and catching wasps. Now my family and I can sit on our deck without those pesky wasps flying around and causing us problems. If you want a wasp or bee trap that works, I would highly recommend purchasing this wasp trap and forget about wasting your money on any other traps. I hope this review helps you decide on this product.
5 Stars By Dane P. West on 2015-08-10
Living in the Shenandoah Valley we have paper wasps (yellow variation), paper wasps (black variation), yellow jackets, hornets and plenty of non-stinging flying insects. I bought one of these to see if it would work at all, work enough to draw the wasps away from our efforts to feed the local hummingbirds...and work towards making a significant impact on the local wasp population.
I placed the first one about 5 feet away from one of the hummingbird feeders with an adhoc concoction of lemonade, sugar and raw hamburger meat (similar to, but not exactly the recipe recommended by the manufacturer). In all fairness to the trap I thought this mix wasn't going to fair well but I caught 2 wasps after putting up in the early evening. Although the mix quickly turned rancid, I caught nearly a dozen wasps the next day and a number of flies. By the 4th day the mix was a witches brew of unsavoriness and it was still catching wasps.
I put another one on order...this trap works!
Better prepared for the ingredients, I used apple juice, sugar and a small slice of raw chicken in each trap. I placed the traps about 4:00 pm yesterday and sit here on the porch this morning typing this review with about 6 wasps in each trap, the hummingbirds happily parading along the feeders and my coffee undisturbed by even the slight buzz of any wasps, flies et al.
These do spill easily so exercise care when you put up a fresh batch of attractant but...even more care when you take down the old "brew". Once they're hanging there seems to be very little or no spillage.
I highly recommend this trap!
5 Stars By Chardo on 2014-12-14
Great Device that Actually Works
I honestly wasn't sure if this would work that well, but I was tired of the wasps around the deck, so here's what I did:
I filled the inside about 1/4 full of orange juice and then put the top back on and left it outside. After several days of nothing, I grew a bit disappointed. Then, suddenly, it had 10 wasps inside... then 20... then what seemed like 100 (granted, it likely was only half that amount, but it looked disgustingly full). The Trap was literally half full of wasps - it was amazing. And the crazy part? Even with all those dead wasps inside, it kept attracting them...
Now the unpleasant part... emptying it. Unlike some, this one isn't meant as a disposable device, but a reusable device. And this quickly seemed like a bad idea... I got near the device and started to move it, only to realize that many inside weren't dead yet. After all, there's not 'poison' inside, so you need to give the wasps time to die. Instead of waiting, I got out a can of Raid and sprayed the inside to ensure that I wouldn't unleash live wasps when I took off the top.
Other than that chore, it is a great device that actually works.
5 Stars By Peg in A2 on 2014-02-04
We have been plagued by wasps, hornets and bees for the past two summers to the point where we've experienced unprovoked stinging several times. I don't like to disrupt nature but there comes a point where you have to take action or not come out your door or attempt to enjoy the nice weather. These traps work without dangerous chemicals or threats to people, animals or plants. I use about 5 ounces of bottled apple juice, a couple teaspoons of sugar and some water and hang it on a hook on my patio. The wasps, hornets, bees and flies enter the trap through one of the several holes and can't figure out how to get back out. They eventually fall into the liquid and die. It gets so full of dead bugs that have to empty and replace the liquid mixture every other day or so. Sorry Mother Nature, but now we can spend at least some time outdoors without getting stung.
4 Stars By sondra crist on 2014-11-21
When it's windy, take them down.
After 6 months, the string it comes with, disintegrates in texas heat. Which brings it down half a star, to me.
Doesn't attract quite as many yellow jackets, as I hoped. By the way, the yellow jackets prefer Sprite more than Dr Pepper.
There is a lot of satisfaction, looking at them, trapped in there, where they can't get it, to sting people.
Actually, they are cheerily decorative. People driving by, think, oh a cute yellow beehive decoration.
They are easy to clean with a water hose, catch some of the stinging evil creatures.