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Welcome to our big wasp trap test 2021. Here we present all the wasp traps we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best wasp trap for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a wasp trap.




Summary

  • Wasps are often uninvited guests in summer, but you can easily keep them away from your coffee table with the help of a wasp trap. Wasp traps are available in different versions, mostly made of plastic or glass. They can be reused throughout the summer - and for longer.
  • The attractant in a wasp trap is the key to successfully attracting wasps. You can easily mix it at home. Especially sweet liquids such as fruit juices, but also beer or sugar water have proven to be effective. To avoid catching bees with the wasp trap, you can simply add a splash of vinegar to your attractant.
  • Since wasps are not aggressive animals per se and are useful as an integral part of the ecosystem, we recommend that you only catch them with the wasp trap and then release them again in the evening. You can find helpful tips on this in our advice section.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a wasp trap

Why are there so many wasps at the height of summer?

Depending on the weather conditions of the year, a more or less heavy wasp plague occurs in midsummer. Social wasps such as the common wasp, in contrast to solitary wasps (e.g. clay wasps and wall wasps), form entire colonies.

However, only the queen wasps survive the winter. In the spring of each year, they establish a new colony, which grows to up to 10,000 workers by the summer.

In late summer, the time has come and the wasps hatch out of the queen's eggs and leave the honeycomb. The workers, who no longer have to take care of the brood, now swarm out themselves and go in search of food, which is why we find so many wasps in our garden at this time.

They only have a life span of a few days to weeks. Depending on the weather, we can expect to see wasps until November. You can find more interesting facts about wasp protection, wasp stings and wasp nests in our trivia section below.

Why are there sometimes more and sometimes fewer wasps?

If the spring is very mild, this favours wasp reproduction and the wasp colonies can develop well. This is even more the case when there is no cold weather at the beginning of the year, which naturally curbs the development of wasps.

Glass wasp traps are ideal for keeping the aggressive insects away. (Source: pixabay.com / Paul Henri)

Then you should think about how to protect your sweet drink or cake from unwelcome visitors in good time. Even though most people think of wasps as pests, we should not forget that they have a great benefit for our ecosystem.

Should wasps be killed at all?

Bees are protected, but what about wasps? Wasps are generally protected species and may not be killed or controlled without good reason. Fines can be imposed, which can be up to 65,000 euros for protected species. As a rule, we humans regularly come into conflict with two wasp species, the common wasp and the German wasp.

However, it is tolerated to keep the wasps away from one's own table, as it is not the young ones, which are responsible for the preservation of the species, that fall into the trap, but only the older ones. The young wasps stay in the nest and let the older ones bring them food.

Wasps return to their nest after a round trip. (Source: pixabay.com / Nature Pix)

Electric wasp traps may not be used outdoors by law because they attract and kill any insects. The use of such products is reserved for the commercial sector, for example bakeries and restaurants.

It is prohibited to wantonly disturb wild animals or to trap, injure or kill them without reasonable cause.

Relocating or fumigating wasps' nests is also prohibited and requires permission. However, a layman should not do this and rather hire a professional to do it if the nest is located in a place that is dangerous for people.

How does a wasp trap work?

The principle of a wasp trap is quite simple. The animals are lured into the trap with the help of a sweetish attractant, from which they cannot escape due to the design of the wasp trap. They drown in the attractant.

Electric wasp traps work via a power connection. The insects are attracted by a UV light and killed by an electric shock.

There are also bait traps equipped with a solar cell that attract animals in the dark with the help of UV light. Adhesive surfaces that the wasps stick to are also used in some models.

Type Description
Bait trap The classic bait trap consists of a container with an attractant. The wasps are lured into the container and drown in it. Sweet liquids such as fruit juices, beer, lemonade mixed with vinegar are suitable as attractants.
Electric trap With the electric wasp trap, the animals are attracted with the help of UV light and then killed by an electric shock.

What attractant/bait goes into the wasp trap?

You can either make the attractant for the wasp traps yourself or buy ready-made bait in shops. Overripe grapes or other fruit as well as any sweet liquid, such as lemonade, sugar water or juices, are ideally suited as attractants.

A squirt of washing-up liquid lowers the surface tension of the mixture so that the wasps sink and drown more quickly. The death is thus not quite as agonising.

Insects love sweets and are attracted to sweet smells. That is why overripe fruit and fruit juices are ideal bait to attract wasps. (Image source: pixarbay.com / PeterKraayvanger)

So that the animals do not drown, but are only lured away from the dining table, you can simply place a piece of kitchen roll in the wasp trap. It is not necessary to kill the wasps, because in the evening wasps are no longer active and can thus be released safely after dark.

As an alternative to a wasp trap, you can set up a feeding station for the wasps so that they are distracted from the real action and do not fly to the cake or near children.

Wasps are quite useful animals, as they hunt other insects and thus, among other things, prevent pests such as aphids from multiplying en masse.

To prevent the wasp trap from attracting bees, which play an important role in pollinating plants, simply add a little vinegar to your attractant. The proportion should be about one third. The vinegar will deter bees and bumblebees.

How much does a wasp trap cost?

Depending on the model, you can buy a wasp trap very cheaply. Most wasp traps are priced between 5 and 25 euros - depending on the type of wasp trap and whether it includes an attractant or not.

There are some price differences in wasp traps depending on the type and nature of the trap.

If you decide on an electric wasp trap, you have to expect higher costs. There are products for between 30 and 150 euros. It makes sense to buy the wasp traps in a pack of two if you need several, for example for your garden, as they are cheaper that way.

What are the alternatives to a wasp trap?

There are several alternatives to a conventional wasp trap. Besides the classic wasp bait trap with attractant, there are also electric wasp traps and wasp nest dummies. Alternatively, an insect feeding station can help keep wasps away from your coffee table.

Insecticide sprays, which should however only be used with caution and with knowledge of the important application information, offer an effective way to control wasps. We have summarised the most important features of the alternatives for you here:

Type How it works Other
Electric wasp trap The animals are attracted by UV light. The device requires a power connection Must not be operated outside, as all other insects are also attracted and killed by it.
Wasp nest dummy Wasps keep a minimum distance of around 75 metres from other nests Best protection, absolutely poison-free and environmentally friendly
Feeding station Natural variant. Wasps are simply lured to another location Feeding station attracts many wasps.
Insecticide spray Effective and long-lasting. Chemical agent that kills wasps immediately and without exception Suitable, for example, for hidden nests that can be sprayed with the spray.

You can also put up a mosquito net to protect your balcony from wasps and other insects.

Decision: What types of wasp traps are there and which is the right one for you?

If you want to buy a wasp trap, you have the choice between two different types. The electric wasp trap is not an option for private outdoor use, which is why it is omitted here. You can choose between two types of wasp traps:

  • Wasp bait traps
  • Wasp nest dummies

What distinguishes a wasp bait trap and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The advantages and disadvantages of wasp bait traps are debatable. Wasps are useful animals for our environment. Nevertheless, about 20 people die every year from a wasp sting.

However, even with wasp bait traps, there are ways of attracting the animals but not necessarily killing them. Even a small piece of kitchen roll prevents this and in the darkness the wasps can be released again.

Advantages
  • Easy to use
  • Reusable
  • Works reliably
  • Vinegar in the attractant liquid does not attract bees and bumblebees
Disadvantages
  • Animals often die relatively slowly and painfully
  • other insects are also attracted

You can choose a wasp bait trap with or without attractant or with an adhesive surface. Most traps are available without attractant, which you simply mix at home.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dummy wasp traps?

Wasp dummies are a good alternative to wasp bait traps. However, there are a few things you need to consider in order for the dummy wasps to be effective. The dummy looks like a hostile wasp nest, which is why the wasps avoid the supposedly already occupied garden.

The imitation wasp nest signals that another state has already settled here. However, if there is already a wasp nest nearby, the trick will not work. You can buy ready-made dummies that you simply hang near your terrace or balcony at head height.

Alternatively, you can make your own dummy out of a sturdy brown paper bag or paper. The most important advantages and disadvantages of a wasp nest dummy at a glance:

Advantages
  • Animal and environmentally friendly
  • no chemicals, aromas or scents are used
Disadvantages
  • Only short-lived material
  • Only works if there is no other wasp nest nearby
  • Does not deter all wasp species

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate wasp traps

Here we help you compare wasp traps and find the right one for you. The following criteria have proven to be useful in assessing which wasp trap is best for you:

  • Area of application
  • Material
  • Cleaning
  • Attractant
  • Effectiveness

In the following, we show you what is important in the different criteria and what you can look out for.

Area of application

First of all, you should be clear about the location for which you need a wasp trap. Privately for your home or for outside in your garden? Or even for the commercial sector?

Always check whether an insect has gotten into your drink before drinking. (Image source: unsplash.com / James Wainscout)

Most wasp traps are designed for outdoors. It is best to keep wasps out of your home.

Material

The classic wasp bait traps are usually made of plastic. Glass wasp traps are generally more weather-resistant, easy to clean, for example in the dishwasher, and are also relatively decorative, as far as the purpose of the wasp trap allows. Whether made of plastic or glass - the wasp traps are equally effective. Both products are recyclable.

Cleaning

Cleaning is quite simple. You simply open the wasp trap and remove the liquid with the dead wasps in the rubbish. If the wasps are still alive, you can simply release them again in the evening. After emptying the wasp trap, rinse it out. Glass wasp traps can be put in the dishwasher. Afterwards, simply refill the wasp trap with attractant and hang it up again.

Attractant

As most wasp traps come without attractant, it is up to you to find the right mixture that will attract many wasps. We have already summarised the most important information for your perfect bait in the advice section, which you can mix yourself easily and inexpensively.

Wasps love all sweet liquids, but they are also attracted to protein-rich foods such as salmon and cooked ham.

If you don't want to use home remedies, you can of course buy ready-made bait mixtures. There are non-toxic attractants with artificial scents as well as chemical attractants. However, the home-mixed attractants do a good job, so it is not really necessary to buy poisonous baits.

Effectiveness

Depending on whether you want to destroy the wasps completely or just catch or drive them away in the short term, you have different options. All wasp traps currently available on the market have been tested and found to be successful. It is therefore up to you and your intention to purchase a wasp trap which type you choose.

Trivia: Facts worth knowing about wasp traps

What types of wasps are there?

There are about 16 species of wasps in Germany, while there are about 60 species of wasps worldwide. Interesting wasps that live in our region include:

Species Description
Forest wasp It is rather inconspicuous. However, if the forest wasp were to become extinct, we would have many more insects. Forest wasps also play a crucial role in pollinating the flowers whose nectar is their food.
Field wasp its food also consists of flower nectar and midges, it is not interested in our sugar. It is completely peaceful and useful, but is often confused with the common or German wasp.
Hatchling wasp It is useful for house and garden and, like the bee, wasp or hornet, is a so-called Hymenoptera. It has delicate wings, is red to black in colour and is not related to the other wasp species.
Wood bee (Xylocopan) It is usually called the black hornet because of its size and black colouring, but it belongs to the bee family. It can grow up to three centimetres in size.
German wasp (vespula germanica) This wasp is a subspecies of the 16 different butterfly wasps that exist in Germany. It loves to eat outdoors and likes to feed on sweet things like our drinks, cakes or even grilled meat.
Common wasp (vespula vulgaris) It is one of the best known and most common representatives of its species in Central Europe. It likes to feed on sweet things like nectar and other sugary plant juices. It generally has a rather bad reputation because it is aggressive and unpredictable if you get too close to it or it feels threatened.

The two species that most often buzz around in our gardens are the German wasp and the common wasp. They build their nests in dark attics or niches. They really seek proximity to humans and if they feel threatened, they sting more quickly than their fellow wasps.

Where is the best place to hang the wasp trap?

The place should be well chosen. Once you have found out where the wasps have their nest, you should hang the wasp trap near there. Just don't hang it near the dining area, otherwise you will attract the wasps rather than keep them away.

Hang the wasp trap in a quiet place about five to ten metres away from the place you want to protect. If attracting them is not successful, change the location of your wasp trap.

Depending on the size of the garden, the minimum distance from the eating place should be several metres.

There should be at least five metres between a wasp nest and a wasp trap. Prevent the possibility of children or pets coming into contact with the wasp trap.

How and when do I clean the wasp trap?

You empty the wasp trap by opening it and removing the wasps and the attractant liquid. Afterwards, depending on the model, you can clean the trap by hand or in the dishwasher and refill and use it again immediately.

Cleaning the wasp trap makes sense when many wasps have already collected in the trap or after two to three weeks at the latest. It is best to empty the wasp trap in the evening when the wasps that may still be alive are no longer active so that you do not get stung.

How do I deal with a wasp nest?

As a rule, wasps do not lay their nests near people. However, there are exceptions, especially with regard to the German wasp and the common wasp, which we come into contact with the most. Dark cavities are a perfect nesting place for them, which is why wasp nests are often found in the following places:

  • in the garden shed
  • in the garage
  • in holes in the brickwork
  • in the attic
  • in open roller shutter boxes

A wasp nest doesn't necessarily have to be a problem as long as you keep your distance (at least two to three metres). If the nest is in a very inconvenient place or if allergy sufferers, children or pets are in the immediate vicinity, it is advisable to get professional help.

Small cavities and holes are a perfect hiding place for wasps, which virtually invite them to take up residence here. (Image source: pixabay.com / g3gg0)

Never try to remove or relocate a nest on your own authority. As a rule, this is not allowed and contradicts the Federal Nature Conservation Act. In exceptional cases, if there is a good reason, wasp nests may be removed. This is done by hiring a professional.

Where can I get professional help to remove wasps' nests?

If you do not want to take care of your wasp infestation yourself, you can apply for help here:

  • Beekeeper
  • Pest controller
  • Municipality or local authority
  • Fire brigade (in acute, dangerous cases)

You can prevent nesting by closing any openings, covering possible nesting sites with a fly screen and generally keeping your outdoor area tidy and clean.

Prevention: How can I protect myself against wasps?

You don't necessarily have to destroy all wasps that are a potential nuisance in your garden with wasp traps or other measures. It is much more advisable to take the following tips to heart in order to prevent an excessive influx of wasps and to minimise the risks caused by wasps. How do I protect myself from wasps?

  • Cover all food outside.
  • Dispose of all leftover food and rubbish immediately.
  • Keep dustbins closed.
  • Avoid sweet, strong-smelling perfumes, fragrances and creams.
  • Prefer dark clothing and avoid colourful clothing.
  • Remove fallen fruit from the garden immediately.
  • Put insect screens on windows to keep wasps out indoors.
  • Do not walk barefoot in the garden.
  • Use a straw when drinking from cans or bottles and check your glass for insects before drinking from it.
  • Wipe your mouth and hands after eating sweets (especially advisable for children).

How do I avoid a wasp sting and what can I do if it does happen?

Wasps are not aggressive animals per se, even if they often seem provocative or pushy when looking for food.

In any case, you should remain calm when you are confronted with a wasp.

Avoid frantic arm movements and do not try to touch a wasp. You should also avoid deliberately blowing at wasps. The carbon dioxide content in our breath acts as an alarm signal for wasps. We have also listed four tips below that you can use to treat the sting easily.

  • Cold
  • Onion
  • Lemon
  • Apple cider vinegar

Below we explain all the home remedies and how they work in more detail:

Cold

You can use cooling pads or ice wrapped in cloths to directly relieve the pain and prevent the sting from swelling up. You can also use a flannel moistened with cold water and put it on the wasp sting for about 15 minutes. Stop cooling it if it becomes too uncomfortable for you.

Onion

Onion has proven to be an effective home remedy for insect bites, helping to disinfect the wound and reduce possible inflammation. Halve an onion and cut the cut surface in a grid pattern to allow the cooling juice to escape.

Squeeze the juice onto the stitch or rub the onion onto the stitch. If you add a little sugar to the cut surface, it will draw out the liquid and thus also the poison.

Lemon

Similar to onions, lemon juice has a cooling and disinfecting effect. A slice of lemon placed on the sting will help heal the wasp sting.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, which is said to be able to dissolve the toxin, is also said to bring relief. You can dab the fresh sting with apple cider vinegar, for example on a cotton pad. The liquid also cools the sting and reduces itching.

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