Hornet traps made from plastic soda bottle

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  1. Inglis

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    Back in the dark ages before Trump I remember reading on the net, might have been the dark net, on using a two liter soda bottle to make a hornet trap.

    Does anyone remember / know of this?

    Thanks!

    PS Does it also work on ground hornet?
     
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    I’ve always seen it done by just cutting the top 1/4 of so off of the bottle, inverting it into the bottle and stapling it in place, then placing an inch or so of sugar water in the bottom. Catches all manner of flying things.

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    Old people learnin stuff!!!! Thanks!!!
     
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    We do this outside the mess tent every time we go to the field.
    Seein a bottle filled to the brim with yellow jackets...and I mean so full some are fighting to get in...will make your skin crawl. That buzzin sound is creepy as hell...
     
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    Thank you all for your help.

    Turning bugs.in to plant food!
     
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    Ferrisfan Got here as soon as I could Supporting Member

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    I’m trying not to trap honeybees. What is the ratio of bees to evil bugs in your traps?
     
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    Do you have to put food coloring in the sugar water?
     
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    Will this work for carpenter bees??
     
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    Doesn't need to be stapled, size doesn't matter other than capacity, always found Mt. Dew ideal, just leave the inch or two that went flat in the bottom.
    Worked awesome for yellow jackets which AK is overrun with. Haven't bothered here.
     
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    I don’t think you HAVE to. I’ve seen people put honey in them too.
     
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    I have plenty of carpenter bees. Tried several different trap designs and never trapped the first one. Even tried baiting the traps with bees. But some people claim they work so give it a try.
     
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    No. No bait is needed to trap carpenter bees.
    I fill a 2 liter bottle with them every spring.
    Google carpenter bee trap for instructions.
     
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    That trap is all wrong.
    Google the 2 litre soda bottle design.
    Place the trap at the peak of the building, under the eaves.
    It needs to be hard mounted. Bees do not drill in swinging stuff.

    The hole should be at a 45 degree angle and .50".
     
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    The only carpenter bee that I killed with a 2 liter bottle was one I knocked out of the air with the bottle. The wooden block with the jar works well. A 5/8" hole seems to work better that 3/4". I've probably killed 14 or 15 just with the fly swatter.

    My neighbor and I had the bees in the fence posts. The pileated woodpecker destroyed 9 posts digging the bees out. That bird is awesome the way it tears those posts apart!
     
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    One in back on the gazebo that they love so much and one on the front porch - both swinging from hooks and business is good.

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    Your carpenter bees are high on pressure treated lumber, hence drilling in swinging wood.
     
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    Barnyard bees in NC has a really effective hornet trap. google them. Thousands of dead hornets.
     
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    I thought Hornets/ wasps were good fur eating other bugs??
     
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    I made the bottle one and hung it up. Put a bit of honey in it.
    So far it's got about 5 carpenter bees, a couple of yellow wasps, and one of those giant Japanese wasps that are the size of a small airplane.
    Wouldn't be unreasonable. The only one that I'm sure of is black wasps eat mosquito's.
    I have no problem with black wasps, totally not aggressive. Of course if you eff with anything long enough you're bound to find out.
     
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    I have a couple of these, they catch perhaps 10% of the carpenter bees.
     
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    Anyone have a trap for yellow/deer flies that actually works?
     
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    I use a badminton racket for carpenter bees o_O