Friday, August 23, 2013

Gingerbread House for Hansel and Gretel Wasp

We first saw these 'wasp catchers' in the picnic area at the Pont Du Gard in Provence France.  The ingenius French had taken an empty plastic 1 litre pop bottle, cut the top off, inverted it like a funnel and then put about a half cup of red wine sweetened with sugar in the bottom half.  We saw them nailed to various pine trees and they were working! Once the wasps get in, they can't figure out how to get out and probably the fumes from the fermenting wine sugar mix gets them good and drunk anyhow.  Lots of dead bodies floating in those traps!
We have a wasp problem here in the summer and hearing about it, Mrs Mom gave us a wonderful gift last Solstice: a glass version of the french wasp gingerbread house. I tried it out a couple of days ago and it is working well: the wasp population has definitely decreased!
Blessings to all those who aren't bothered by wasps!

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