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What are European Wasps?

The European Wasp, Vespula germanica, is an introduced pest wasp species that scavenges on meat and sweet drinks at picnics, barbecues and al fresco dining venues. They can sting multiple times and can attack in large numbers if their nest is disturbed.

How does the EnviroSafe European Wasp Trap and Bait work?

European Wasps are attracted to the odours created by our uniquely formulated bait of purely food-grade ingredients.  The EnviroSafe Wasp Bait contains no toxic chemicals or insecticides. The wasps enter through holes in the lid of the trap and are prevented from escaping when they land in the liquid in the trap.

Is the trap re-usable?

Yes! After several weeks you can dispose of the trapped insects, wash out the trap and re-set it with a fresh bait, available separately.  The sturdy trap can be re-used many times before being recycled in the kerbside recycling system.

Will the EnviroSafe European Wasp Bait attract native wasps or bees?

No. The EnviroSafe European Wasp Bait will not attract native wasp species or bees as these species forage for other types of food and do not scavenge on human food.

How do I identify European Wasps

The European wasp is about the size of a bee, and has yellow and black stripes on the body, often with black spots along the sides.  They have black antennae, and when they fly, they hold their legs up rather than dangling them like other wasp species.  Their nests are usually underground or out of sight, in a wall cavity or tree hole.  They are a nuisance at barbecues as they are strongly attracted to the smell of cooking meat. See our European Wasp Identification Guide for more information.

How do I set up my EnviroSafe Wasp Trap and Bait?

The bait will become attractive as soon as water is added, so we recommend you prepare the trap and bait indoors. Hang the trap outside in the cool of the morning before wasps become active.

Step 1: Remove the label and bait sachet from inside the trap.

Step 2: Tear open the sachet of bait and pour the contents into your trap.

Step 3: Fill the trap to 1/3 of its volume with water.

Step 4: Swirl or stir to mix thoroughly.

Step 5: Hang the trap securely out of reach of children and pets, in the vicinity of where European Wasps have been seen.

How should I best place the trap?
  • To avoid excessive evaporation of the liquid in the bait, place the trap in a shady position.
  • Place the trap in a prominent position that can easily be seen and located by European Wasps. For example, you could hang it on a short pergola hook under the veranda, or wire it securely in a shady position on an outer branch of a tree.
  • European Wasps usually fly in a direct line between their food source and their nest. If you have observed wasps coming from one particular direction, place the trap along that flight path.
How long does the EnviroSafe Wasp bait last?

The bait will attract wasps for 2 – 3 weeks.

The water in the trap is evaporating. What should I do?

If the water level drops, you should top it up with more water using a hose directed through the holes in the top of the trap.  Do not allow the trap to dry out. 

How do I dispose of the wasps in the trap?

We recommend trap maintenance and wasp disposal be carried out in the mornings before wasps become active.  The trap contents can most easily be disposed of by tipping it into your compost bin if you have one.  If you don’t have a compost bin, drain any excess water out of the trap through the entry holes, remove the lid and tip the insects into a compostable plastic bag to be placed into your council Green Bin (Food and Garden Organics bin).  If neither of these are available to you, simply drain and tip the contents into an ordinary plastic bag, tie securely and place the bag into your General Waste bin. Do not touch the dead wasps as wasp stingers can sometimes still deliver a sting after the death of a wasp.

Can I bury the contents of my wasp trap?

To avoid the possibility of dogs digging up the trap contents and possibly being stung by dead wasps, we do not recommend burying wasps in a hole in the ground.

What should I do if I am stung?

If you are stung by a wasp, follow the Australian Government health advice available here.

Where to buy EnviroSafe European Wasp Trap and Bait?

EnviroSafe Clothes Moth Trap are available at Bunnings.