Creating Homemade Bee Traps
Creating homemade bee traps is easy and inexpensive. It is also a good way for you to remove some of the bees from the area surrounding your home. While bees are usually good garden visitors as they help to pollinate flowers, too many of them or a nest of bees can be dangerous.
There are many ways to rid your home and its surrounding areas of insects such as bees. Pesticides often contain harsh chemicals that you may not want to seep into your lawn or garden. Also, a lot of these chemicals require that you actively search for bees and use the product directly on them. This can be both scary and difficult to do. Not too many people wish to come into close contact with a bee hive. If you do not want to spend time running around your yard and attempting to spray or swat down individual bees, then you may want to consider building a bee trap. Bee traps are a great way to lure bees away from certain areas and can also rid your yard of them by trapping and killing them.
Creating a bee trap doesn’t require special tools or devices. In fact, some of the most productive bee traps are made from items that you can easily find around the house. The best part about building homemade bee traps, other than the cheap part, is that they are made from recycled goods and contain no dangerous or toxic chemicals. They serve to simply lure insects in and drown them in a variety of substances. The insects are then ready to be disposed of easily and mess free.
The best recycled material to repurpose into a bee trap is a plastic bottle. A two liter soda bottle is great. It is just the right size to catch a large number of insects, and you probably have one lying around. To fashion the soda bottle into a trap, simply cut off the top part a few inches down. Then remove the twist off lid and flip the top portion upside down. Insert the drinking spout into the open part of the bottom part of the bottle. This will create a simple funnel. It is a good idea to attach the two parts so that they fit together well, but remember that it will be easier to empty if the parts can be pulled apart easily. You may wish to attach the two halves with tape or string, or by just fitting them together tightly. The trap is now complete. The drinking spout creates a funnel in which the bees cannot find their way out of once they are inside.
Once you have created a proper funnel trap, now you have to lure the bees into investigating the funnel and into becoming trapped. You will need some bait. Bees are attracted to sweet substances, so finding bait is pretty easy. Juice, sugar water and syrup work great as bee attractants. Pretty much anything really sweet will get the job done. It doesn’t take too much, about 2 tablespoons and ¼ cup of water in the bottom of the trap will do it. Add a tiny amount of the bait product to the rim of the trap so the insects will smell it and investigate. It is also good to add a small amount of dish detergent. Dish detergent works as an effective drowning agent for insects, as it sticks to their wings and prevents them from escaping. Then just place the trap where the bees are and wait till it fills up.
Any type of plastic container can be made into a bee trap. Containers that were once filled with sweet product are perfect. And that is it! Creating homemade bee traps is just that simple.