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Deterring Wasps

kaylah_rose
Experienced Contributor

Deterring Wasps

I have been working at a cafe with an open front and wasps have been attracted to the food and flying around inside. I am 90% sure they are the European Wasps.

Does anyone have any tips for deterring wasps that wouldn't interfere with the goings on at the cafe? Obviously we don't want to stop serving food!

 

Any suggestions would help!

 

Kay

cupofchloe
Established Contributor

Re: Deterring Wasps

In the UK we put a jam jar with water in it and a blob of jam on top and place it away from where we were having a BBQ. Wasps are then drawn to the jam and inevitably fall in the water - looks like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B2sKeqlPwQ 

 

Theres a few similar trap ideas on google too - I saw this one with a soda bottle too - which may be good to try: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Wasp-Trap 

kaylah_rose
Experienced Contributor

Re: Deterring Wasps

Excellent thanks! Very simple!

Definitely will give those a go. Fingers crossed this will help get the situation under control.

Appreciate your help!

Kermit
Valued Contributor

Re: Deterring Wasps

I've noticed the dreaded European wasps are starting to appear when we eat outside now. Last year they were terrible and I remember everyone was complaining about them. 

 

Go to Bunnings and get a couple of the plastic fly/wasp catchers. They work really well. You just unscrew the lid, add some attractant and some water, then pop the lid back on and hang it up somewhere (preferably out of sight!) They only need refilling every few weeks. Just make sure to get the wasp attractant - its different to the stuff for flies. 

kaylah_rose
Experienced Contributor

Re: Deterring Wasps

Oh fantastic! Thanks @Kermit, that sounds simple enough. 

I'll give both methods a go and see which works best. 

Fingers crossed!

 

Ben
Established Contributor

Re: Deterring Wasps

Here is another waspy recipe I've previously saved - I'm assured it's a winner in the summer months!  Place this in bowls/containers at different places around the affected yard/area.

 

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

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kaylah_rose
Experienced Contributor

Re: Deterring Wasps

@cupofchloe & @Ben

 

Tried both of your tips this weekend! Unfortunately the wasps weren't taken to the bait. Perhaps I didn't have enough jars? Should 1 jar be enough?

 

I will trying the Bunnigns traps this weekend, so will keep you updated on the results!

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kaylah_rose
Experienced Contributor

Re: Deterring Wasps

So the proof is in the pudding. Looks like the wasp traps from Bunnings are working. I think a few flies got in there too. However this seemed to be the solution that had the best outcome. 

 

wasps.jpg

 

Doesn't smell too great though... 

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Deterring Wasps

Good tip! Thanks for sharing the results of your experiment @kaylah_rose.

 

Jason

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