Skip to comments.Grandpa Kipp's Sure-Fire Yellow Jacket Trap!
Posted on 07/01/2014 2:56:00 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
My grandpa turned me onto this sure-fire yellow jacket eliminator about 50 years ago when I was just a youngster. I've observed its efficiency in removing all the yellow jackets from our campsite in a matter of a single day and before the week was over the entire campground was free of these hostile pests that make camping and other outdoor activities miserable. This method is NON-TOXIC and for the most part pet and wildlife friendly due to the harmless components that are used to build the "system." There are quite a few commercial products on the market to eliminate yellow jackets but this one doesn't cost anything and I can guarantee its an extremely effective way to rid your yard or campsite of the yellow hoards in just a day or two.
You will need the following components:
Plastic dish pan or wash basin. A tablespoon of liquid dish soap, preferably non-scented. 3 sticks about 13 inches long. 2 or 3 tie wires. A 3 or 4 inch piece of wire. 12 inches of string. A piece of raw fish.
Make a tripod out of the sticks and tie wires as shown in the photo. Bend the short piece of wire into a hook shape and attach the string. Add about 1 or 2 inches of water to the dish pan and mix the liquid soap in the water. Stir SLOWLY - you DON'T want any soap bubbles floating on the water. Insert the fish meat on the wire hook. Tie the string to the top of the tripod so that the meat is hanging ONE HALF INCH above the water level in the pan. Do Not get soapy water on any portion of the fish!
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Willing to try it....
interesting.....so how does it keep the yellow jackets away I wonder....
Wow! I’m very allergic to yellow jacket stings, so if this works, it would be incredible.
Cut-off top of two-liter bottle inserted back into the lower half. For bait, I have had good luck with Mountain Dew. Can also put a chunk of meat down there. A drop of soap helps drown them quicker.
“so how does it keep the yellow jackets away I wonder....
They fall into the water and drown.
It's the inverse or hollow pyramid principle. Pyramid shapes will sharpen razor blades, repel biting and stinging insects (and poisonous snakes), and attract unicorns.
I’ve used that; I used a little RC Cola as the bait, with a little liquid soap. Worked great.
Yeah, but you wouldn’t want to turn it upside-down. For one thing, you’d be knee-deep in unicorns.
I want them to drown slowly and painfully.....LOL.
oh duh lol
So what do have for bee’s?
“So what do have for bees?”
honey bees? or gigantic bumble bees?
The Yellow Jackets eat some Fish - get thirsty - drink some water and while swimming drown.
Hot dogs work quite well.
That 2-liter trap will work with flies also if you use a piece of putrifying meat and water as bait.
Rabid africanized bees that have made a hive under my shed. County won’t touch them and everyone else wants $$$$$ to exterminate.
I think in spring raw meat as bait works better, in late summer soda or sugar water.
“Rabid africanized bees that have made a hive under my shed. County wont touch them and everyone else wants $$$$$ to exterminate.”
I’d pay. They sound dangerous.
If you want an alternative, contact a local beekeepers group and appeal for help. They will have the equipment and protection.
So, why don’t people like yellow jackets? Don’t they kill mosquitoes, caterpillars, flies, and other pests?
“So, why dont people like yellow jackets?”
They sting if you get too close to their hive.
They become very aggressive seeking food as fall comes.
They're aggressive, for one thing, and they don't pollinate. For another, they'll wipe out a honey-bee hive in the matter of a couple of hours.
change water to gin and you have a Kennedy trap.
I can’t go outside for five minutes without one or more aggressively pursuing me, and trying to sting me. It’s very painful.
Once upon a time maybe, but not anymore. They won't risk corrupting their hives. Nope I'll just have to go nuclear on them myself, they'll either die or I'll be responsible for the end of civilization.
This really does work. I did a similar trap using a plastic gallon milk jug. Cut a square hole in the side, leaving about 2” of rim for the water. Hooked fish on the end of a string and used the lid to hold the string in place.
Had well over 100 dead yellow jackets within 24 hours.
Sometime late on a cool night light off some gopher smoke bombs like these under your shed:
It'll kill them.
I didn't know that. I usually have YJ nests near my front door. They dive bomb visitors, but don't bother me, even if I'm shooshing one out of my kitchen. Came almost nose to nose with a nest this am when trimming clematis. I don't know why they don't bother me, but if they kill bees, I will (with some remorse) start offing them.
Pesky bee ping........I like your idea!
Thanks, checked the ad and it looks good. I was wondering,since it says they are good for rats and skunks, about how many you do figure we would need for D.C.?
OK, this is weird but they don't bother me either. No kidding. They'll do a buzz run now and then but I have never stung.
Not sure how far I'd care to press that, though. I have taken down "dead" nests that turned out not to be (you want to remember which ones you nuked the day before better than I seem to) and so far no problem. But I still do a pretty hasty retreat.
I mean never BEEN stung. LOL! I’ve never stung them either.
We’ve used them to gas one of our barns for wasps and we just lit off the whole pack of six. For a small shed maybe just one would do it.
Here’s what one guy did when the exterminator wanted too much $$$. Warning- NSFW language...an F-bomb.
Oh dear Lord, bees!
Yeah, that's weird. Infrequently, they land on my head, and walk around in my hair..I've run my fingers through my hair when after about thrty seconds, and they fly away, but I've never been stung.
I think the last one I shooshed out of the kitchen two days ago, probably road in on my head.. (BTW, I'm in Texas, but I don't have "Big Hair"..I think that is a Dallas thing.)
Always wondered why my really good bourbon decanter worked that way too!
They are nasty little punks. The husband and I were sitting outside once in the fall, and one landed on his arm and stung him immediately. He had not made any sort of movement after the landing, either.
One went down my shirt and stung me in the chest while I was in my laundry room. Hurt for about 2 weeks.
There’s a trap like this for mice too. Rather than a piece of fish you have a tin can suspended over the water. Spear peanut butter over the can, mouse thinks it’s an easy meal, jumps on to the can, can flips over, mouse falls in water and drowns.
i say we nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.
maybe a really strong pressure washer or two, or three.
If you are going to stick them under the shed, place them in a 3-4 foot long pipe with the end outside capped, so they can still belch out the smoke but contain the sparklers in the pipe, or your shed might burn down.
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