Strawberry Jam Wasp Trap

This video demonstrates how I catch wasps at this time of the year so they don’t get into my beehives.

It’s just a standard wasp trap with a few glops of strawberry jam and a splash of water. No vinegar. No meat or cat food. Just strawberry jam and water. I’ll post a photo later today or tomorrow to show how many wasps got caught in the trap (and how many bees didn’t).

I’ve posted about this before (I’ve covered a lot of ground since 2010), but it’s always good to come back to say, “I told you it works.”

The next day:

Probably about a 100 wasps in the trap (Sept. 26/21).

The tricky part is to clean out the trap when it still has live wasps in it. Dunking it in a bucket of water does the job.

3 thoughts on “Strawberry Jam Wasp Trap

    • I’ve tried it in the spring. I’ve used cat food, vinegar, jam, all the stuff that I hear other people talk about. But none of it’s worked for me. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t seem to trap wasps in the spring using the same methods. I wouldn’t except to catch as many anyway, but I don’t think I’ve trapped a single wasp (i.e., a queen) in the spring. I must be doing something wrong. Maybe I’m not doing it at the right time. I don’t know. I haven’t done much research on it. Generally, the bees seem to be able to handle the wasps. The wasps seem to get dumber and less aggressive as the falls goes on. They’re a pest, but not a big problem.

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