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DIY Bug and Wasp Trap

Shoo, Fly! DIY Plastic Bottle Bug Trap

Keep pesky bugs and wasps away while enjoying lunch on your patio this Summer with a homemade wasp trap that repurposes a plastic bottle. Along with being seriously easy to make, the trap can be dumped, rinsed, and reused. Perfect for using in small spaces or spots that highly attract wasps, like balconies or rooftop terraces, these bug traps can be discreetly tucked in corners while still being effective.

Here's how to make your own wasp trap:

  1. Any size plastic bottle works for creating the trap. Simply remove the cap and the label from the bottle, and use scissors to cut away the top fourth of the bottle.
  2. Now invert the top of the bottle into the bottom, creating a funnel. There should be at least a one-inch space between the end of the funnel and the bottom of the bottle.
  3. Mix together a sweet bug- and wasp-attracting solution of two parts warm water to one part sugar, and carefully pour into the wasp trap, leaving at least a half-inch gap between the sugar water and the end of the funnel.
  4. Place the wasp trap outdoors, and let it do its job. Bugs are attracted to the sweet water, fly down the funnel for a taste, and then are contained in the trap. Add more sugar water as needed, and empty and reuse after the trap has done its job.
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