Build A DIY Wasp-Sucking Machine

If you have a lot of wasps in your area, this DIY vacuum trap should help clear the air.

No one likes insects that sting, and wasps are the worst of the lot — they're just plain mean, and they don't even make up for it with honey. DIYer and blogger Matthias had an especially large population of wasps near his house, so he took matters into his own hands by building a wasp trap out of a 1/3 horsepower blower and a wooden box. The vacuum just sucks them right out of the air near his roof and into the trap. The above picture is only one day's catch.

The box is probably the more clever half of this contraption, with a glass lid so you can see how well it's working, and a bug screen to keep the flowing air from getting trapped. You can also add a gap in which to slide a piece of metal or cardboard, to make it easier to disconnect (without letting any revenge-bent wasps loose). It's surprisingly effective, and cheap if you have an unused blower lying around. Hit the link for more details, and let us know your clever bug trapping techniques in the comments.

Wasp Sucking Machine [via Hack a Day]


Comments

    And then let them die or...

    Stop wasting energy and time, just use a plastic 2L/1.5L soft drink bottle. Cut the top part one or two centimetres below the end of the widening part to get a funnel/cone, keep it for the moment. Place some jam into the other part (the cylinder shaped part). Insert the top part (funnel shaped) back into the cylinder but make sure the narrow side of the cone/funnel is pointing downward.
    This will create a lure and a one way trap. Works like a charm and to dispose just plug the hole with anything and throw away.

    No thanks, wasps perform important biocontrol and I for one am grateful for them. Rather have them control the smaller pests than have to go after every real 'pest' insect myself.

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