Homemade wasp traps are easily constructed with a few common household items, according to Horizon Services. Orange juice, jam and a jar with a lid are all that is necessary to build an effective wasp trap.Continue Reading
A punctured hole in the jar lid must be large enough for a wasp to crawl through. The jar should be filled about halfway with orange juice, with a smear of jam under the lid. Once the wasps smell the jam, they typically crawl into the hole, fall into the orange juice and drown. A simpler but much less effective way is to use a fly swatter. When using this method, the swatter must be quick and accurate so that the wasp doesn't resort to defending itself.
Homeowners sometimes encounter problems with an entire wasp nest embedded in eaves or underground. Nests can be eradicated by placing the nest inside a heavy plastic bag at night, when the wasps are tucked inside, then sealing the bag shut. When left outside the next day, all wasps are suffocated within the bag. Another way is to use a garden hose and completely soak the underground nest, eliminating the nest and drowning all wasps inside. Water is ineffective, however, on any flying wasps.Learn more about Invasive Insects
Pantry moth traps rely on pheromones to attract males and cannot be duplicated using readily available household products. To remove the infestation through do-it-yourself means, clean the pantry and discard any contaminated food. Make a sachet filled with bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, eucalyptus leaves, lavender, and peppercorns or wormwood, and leave it in the pantry. The aroma discourages the moths from returning.Full Answer >
To make a glass wasp trap, bait a container, cover it with foil and punch a hole in the foil to allow the wasps to enter the trap but not crawl out. You need a glass container, a sweetened liquid, aluminum foil, a pencil and a rubber band. You can make a wasp trap in about 10 minutes.Full Answer >
Since wasps are attracted by odors, reducing or eliminating sources of smells, and in particular the smell of foods, is an effective way of keeping them at bay. When outdoors, avoiding perfumes and other scented personal care products is a good way of avoiding contact with wasps.Full Answer >
Ways to get rid of caterpillars include picking them up and disposing of them, cutting off damaged parts of plants in the garden, planting flowers that attract parasitic wasps and spraying bacillus thuringiensis on plants. Caterpillars that eat plants containing alkaloids may be resistant against parasitic wasps and other parasites.Full Answer >