Disadvantages of Wasp Traps

There are two basic wasp traps: lure traps and bait traps. Various manufacturers employ different trap designs. Lure traps use a chemical compound to attract wasps, and bait traps use attractive foods, like pieces of meat and sugary liquids such as soda or other sweet drinks, to entice wasps to the traps.

Wasps Trap Shortfalls and Disadvantages

  • Not all species of wasps are attracted to traps. Other than yellow jackets, trapping does little to reduce other groups of social or solitary wasps. Also, trapping is rarely effective unless targeting small areas.
  • Traps require a lot of time and effort to remain attractive. Chemical lures must be replaced when no longer attractive and baits must be replaced since putrefied bait is not effective. Good results will not work when using a “set and forget” approach. Scavenger wasps may forage for food at distances in excess of ¼ miles from their nest, so a lot of traps are needed to reduce the wasp population. Of course, the potential of someone being stung while attending to a wasp trap is a problem.
  • Wasp traps will need to be strategically placed to intercept foraging wasps between their nest sites and the area to be protected (picnic site, playground, patio, etc.). Setting out a bunch of traps with no idea of where to place those traps simply will not be very effective.
  • Traps are only useful if there are little or no competing foods to attract wasps. For example, dumpsters, trashcans, fallen fruit on the ground, etc. attract the majority of wasps and make traps only marginally effective. Improving sanitation is the best way to manage yellow jackets around the home or in public places.

Why Emply a Pest Managenment Professional (PMP)?

Your PMP knows…

  • Knows where wasps are most likely to build nests on your property and can provide recommendations to control the wasp population.
  • Knows which wasp species are very aggressive and which species are more docile and less threatening. Based upon this information, your PMP can help you decide what should be done to alleviate the wasp problem.
  • Will answer questions and provide advice and recommendations regarding the use of traps or other wasp control methods.
  • Will make suggestions for how to manage waste products that are attractive to wasps
  • Will have the proper equipment and products to control wasps in a safe and effective manner without endangering people or pets.