There are good wasp traps and bad wasp traps. Bad wasp traps ignore user safety and can cause more harm than good.


Here is a check list of things you should look for in a good trap:


  1. Are captured wasps kept isolated from you by the trap at all times even during rebaiting?

Wasps are dangerous and can cause serious injury especially for people with allergies. It is important that the wasp trap protects the user from being stung during rebaiting.

  1. Is the trap disposable either completely or in parts?

Disposable traps are more likely to be safer in use because they do not expose the user to the captured wasps.

  1. How long does the bait last and how many times will it need to be refilled?

Many traps require rebaiting every two or three weeks to continue working. This can be dangerous if the trap is not well designed, dirty and smelly if the traps containing rotting wasps, expensive if you have to keep buying more bait and tedious because it is not user friendly.

  1. Will you require a pesticide or boiling water to kill wasps before working on the trap to clean it or rebait it?

Single chamber traps are particularly guilty of this problem and require the use of a pesticide or boiling water to make sure that all the wasps are dead before cleaning and rebaiting. This can be unhealthy, expensive (because you need to buy a pesticide as well), environmentally unfriendly and basically a lot of hassle and fuss.

  1. Does the trap have ledges or platforms on which wasps can land and rest?

If the trap contains a ledge or platform which is linked directly or indirectly with the entry holes then some wasps will be able to get out. This will actually result in more wasps being attracted to the trap and therefore into the area you are trying to protect.

  1. How big is the chamber that holds the captured or dead wasps?

If the trap has a small chamber then it will require constant maintenance and basically will be more hazardous to use and will be more hassle.

  1. Does the trap prevent swarming or claim to be 100% efficient?

This is very important if you want to get rid of nuisance wasps. A BIG problem with many traps is that they donít kill all of the wasps that they catch. This means that they end up attracting loads more wasps into your area making things ACTUALLY worse. This is a common problem with home made traps. If you donít know what youíre doing then the advice is donít make your own traps. IT IS NOT IMPORTANT HOW MANY WASPS YOU CATCH BUT IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU KILL ALL OF THE ONES THAT YOU DO. In fact a good wasp trap frequently will catch fewer wasps than a bad trap because it attracts fewer wasps into your area. Good traps kill only those scouting wasps that stray into your area so preventing them from bringing more of their friends.

  1. Does the trap use pesticides or sex pheromones?

Both of these could be environmentally unfriendly or ecologically cause problems especially when it comes to dispose of the trap.

  1. Does the trap catch other beneficial insects?

Certain insects such as honey bees need to be protected for obvious reasons.

  1. Does the trap use meat or protein?

If the trap uses meat or protein then chances are after a couple of days it will start to stink and attract mostly flies. This means the trap will need to be maintained daily which becomes a real dirty chore.




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