Water Traps. Water traps are generally homemade and consist of a 5-gallon bucket, string, and protein bait (turkey ham, fish, or liver works well; do not use cat food because it may repel the yellowjackets after a few days). The bucket is filled with soapy water and the protein bait is suspended 1 to 2 inches above the water. (The use of a wide mesh screen over the bucket will help prevent other animals from reaching and consuming the bait.) After the yellowjacket removes the protein, it flies down and becomes trapped in the water and drowns. Like the lure trap, these traps also work best as queen traps in late winter to early spring. In summer and fall they may assist in reducing localized foraging workers but usually not to acceptable levels. Place them away from patio or picnic areas so wasps aren't attracted to your food as well.
Water does not hurt bees and wasps. They have evolved to survive if it starts raining while they are in flight. I think the water trap is really collecting bees who starve to death, not drowned ones
Raven Sutherland wrote:on the flip side
after you have been stung a hundred times all over the face, eyes, mouth, and nose
with your head swelling up like a beach ball.... so funny everyone laughs at you
you lose interest in "playing nice" so just like poison IVY ....or fire ANTS ....it DIES
Are you related to my wife? She is an insect whisperer too. If they don't listen she WHACKS them.
Jeffrey Upton wrote:I have a frank talk with them, they all turn and look at me, then I tell them that if they stay cool, I will too,