The BEST Yellow Jacket Wasp Trap and Best Bait to Use in Fall Trap Wasps or Hornets, NOT BEES

okay so today I'm gonna show you something that I think may be

interesting to you this time of year it's October 4th and we have wasps going

everywhere and they're in high competition for the last resources of

the summer and autumn so you may be thinking about trapping them and

diverting them from your honeybees because if you'll notice in this trap

and I'll leave a link to this trap that I've chosen in the description of the

video but in this trap we don't just have nectar although there is apple

juice in the bottom there is a strip of bacon hanging down the middle now one

thing you'll notice you don't see in this trap and that's honey bees honey

bees don't care about animal protein all of their protein comes from pollen from

plants so in this trap and this is a trap design that I've been using for

several years kinda has its drawbacks but in my opinion it's the best trap

that's out there and has worked the best for me you can wash it out sometimes

that seemed it's in two pieces and it's been glued together that seam may leak a

little but this one is not leaking yet but anyway let's get on with that how

the lure works I don't buy the prepared lures that the trap companies are

selling we just put apple juice in here and then that strip a bacon satisfies

their need for protein so when these wasps fly by and smell that bacon they

go right in there so it's a dual purpose trap because that also those that are

out seeking nectar will respond to that apple juice and they'll come into the

trap also I also recommend that you kind of leave some fluid in the bottom so

that you can drown the wasps if you need to notice that there's a string going

through the top and that was my wife's idea she hung that bacon out there and

she's the one that heated it up in the microwave for like 10 seconds or

something just to get the aroma of that meat in the air but I don't think that's

necessary because they are very sensitive and they're all flying in from

downwind so they're definitely finding it that way and it's designed to suspend

from an overhang or from a tree or something near your house you want to

keep it away from where people are because you will be attracting wasps

so notice that they're coming in they're going after the bacon I get these you're

conical-shaped entry points that are four on the bottom and just two on top

and we strap this to a it's the top of a suet feeder in my backyard but I strap

it down instead of hanging it somewhere because I don't like them swinging all

over the place now you may notice that I'm holding a pipette here and I'm

putting little drips next to it and there's a little wasp on the pipette

after what I'm dripping there and that is just the standard 50/50 sugar water

that we may often feed to bees if they're not producing enough on their

own or if they need something during a dearth period and the wasps are no

different they go after that same 50/50 sugar water so why would I feed them I

mean if I'm trying to trap them why would I put out sugar water outside the

trap well because these wasps are social insects and if we're just trapping them

they're gonna fly in be attracted to the apple juice or the bacon if they need

the protein and they'll go in the trap and that's it they're there the rest of

the wasps back in their nest have no clue where that wasp went and why it

didn't return so what I do is I add drips of sugar water provide feed

outside let these wasps fill up on it then they'll fly back to their nest and

communicate to the others that there's a resource of nectar which is their

carbohydrate and other members of that nest will come out and they'll also be

attracted to this location then ultimately I just allow the supplemental

feeding to dry up and what's left at the location the trap so then they'll all go

in so we want to make sure that some feed and get away so they can come back

and bring others so this is the trap and this is them drinking sugar water and

there's almost nothing else really to talk about other than what is a wasp do

with the protein that it gets so often some of the larger wasps especially will

kill our honeybees and they'll take the thorax from that

honeybee and they'll bundle it up and make a little protein pellet they take

it back to their nest they feed it to the developing larvae and in return the

larvae loses out a carbohydrate nectar type fluid that the workers also eat so

there's a reward system this encourages the loss to go out kill small animals

tear off bits of protein and fly it back home and feed the larvae the larvae that

are developing this time of year when they are capped up ultimately will

likely become Queens and those are the ones that will seek hiding places

through winter and in the spring each of those Queens will be starting its own

nest so it's kind of important to go ahead and knock these out of the

ballpark this time of year because the impact on that colony and how many

colonies you'll have next year is much more potent so that's about all I have

to say again I'm going to put a link to this wasp trap in the description of the

video and I'm just gonna let you watch these things drink sugar water and let

you marvel at the design of these wasps thank you for watching as always and I

hope you subscribed in an upcoming video I will be comparing the industrial

pheromone lures for these wasp traps and we'll just see if they're better than

this I don't think they are but we'll see if they're better than this and also

a comparison of the two top rated ones thanks for watching