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 Red wasp trap

Red wasps are common near human habitats. They typically live in large colonies and may often build their nests in close proximity to humans. These wasps are not aggressive, but they act very defensive when it comes to protecting their nest. Therefore, it is hard to live in the synergy with wasps as even the normal human behavior can make them think the colony is in danger. When they sense the threat, they will display a lot of anger and aggression and do what it takes to do in order to defend their territory.

Red wasp dangers

Some people are allergic to wasp and insect stings. The severity of allergic reaction can range from mild to life threatening. The most allergy provoking protein in wasp sting venom is an enzyme called Antigen 5, and sensitization to the venom may occur after a single sting. As already mentioned, wasps won’t bite, unless they are disturbed. However, people living on the countryside or high-risk professionals such as gardeners and farmers, should take special care and remove red wasp colonies from the close environment. The best way to do so is to build a trap for wasps. Trying to destroy wasps’ nest is very dangerous and may even have fatal consequences.

Constructing a wasp trap

These are the instructions for building a simple homemade trap for wasps. The easiest way to do it is to find a couple of plastic soda bottles and to cut them in two pieces, just below the funnel. The upper top is inverted and fitted onto the bottom part. It is also important to cut two or three holes where the pieces join, and fasten the construction with a thread. Leave a part of the thread free to use it as a hanger, since the trap needs to be attached to hang freely near the wasp’s nest. When the trap is built, add some water to its bottom, and mix it with a strong chemical such as dish-washing liquid. Top of the funnel should be coated with petroleum jelly or cooking oil, to make the wasps lose their footing when they approach the trap.

Hanging the trap in the early spring may help to catch the queen. When the queen is dead, the rest of the colony will migrate to build a new nest somewhere else. It is also important to use bait: beer, sweet beverages or fruits will work just fine.

The trap works when the wasps fly into it and start to investigate the bait. However, they will be unable to fly out of it and will eventually fall in the water and die. The trap will need to be regularly opened to remove dead wasps and put fresh bait.

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