I found Raid Disposable Yellow Jacket Traps when I was looking for something to solve a problem that was drawing tons of yellow jackets to an area right beside my front door. I actually had a bug problem with the tree that was causing this sticky substance to fall and attract every bee wasp and yellow jacket from far and wide. Luckily they were busy licking up the sticky goo and did not sting anyone but after a few got in my house I got the bright idea to try a Yellow Jacket Trap. While it did catch a significant amount of yellow jackets it did not make a dent in the population of them buzzing around my front door so we had to take action to fix the problem which we did with a product called Bayer Advanced 12 month Tree and Shrub Granules . While the Raid Yellow Jacket Trap was not a complete flop it would be better for different situations.
Set up: I needed to set the trap out there at night after the yellow jackets were full of sticky stuff and had left for the day. Since I knew I would have to go out there at night to put the thing out, I decided to set it up during the day and leave it in the garage. The directions were easy to follow you just have to make sure to keep it upright so it does not spill over the sides. There is a protective covering that has to be removed and then the top is put in place. It fits loosely so that the bees can get inside. There is a loop on the top that you can slip something through to hang it. I used a longer twistie tie because I wanted it to hang down.
Description: I picked the Raid Disposable Yellow Jacket Trap because I thought it would not stick out like a sore thumb. It looks like a lantern so I put a garden Sheppard hook in the ground near the tree and hung it there. It is made entirely of plastic. The top and edges are green and the part that would be glass in a lantern was a frosted clear plastic. You can sort of see the liquid inside and barely see if there are bees in there. It contains a sticky substance that is all food grade ingredients. I placed mine up high enough as to not attract any animals that might get stung trying to get the liquid out.
How it works: The Disposable Yellow Jacket Trap by Raid has a sticky liquid inside that smells like orange juice and attracts yellow jackets. I would agree that it attracts yellow jackets, because even though we had wasps and bees at our tree we only had yellow jackets in the trap. There are no pesticides in the trap it is just the sticky stuff and once they get in they can’t get out. I know it sounds mean and I do not normally like to use this sort of thing but sometimes you need to.
How well it works: While it really did not solve the problem we had, I think it would work well for areas that do not really have a big yellow jacket problem but you might get one occasionally. Even in the house! I had it in the garage for just a few hours before I hung it outside and I had already caught one that must have been trapped in the garage. Next year I will just hang one inside the garage during the summer and leave it there until it gets cold.
In order to see how many we actually got in the trap after it had gotten cold I pried the trap open to see. It was not easy to get into, I had to get wire snips and cut through the plastic. I would say I had approximately 20-30 yellow jackets in there. I think it will work even better when you do not have yummy treats all over a tree nearby competing with the sticky stuff in the trap. I do not think that what is inside is so attractive that it will attract yellow jackets that are not already in the area. The one we caught in the garage was with the door down so it was obviously already in the area.
Disposal of the trap: One thing that would have been nice is if there was a way to snap the top down tight, as a lid for disposal. I waited until it was very cold before taking it down as I did not want to get stung. I had to dispose of it in a plastic bag so that the sticky liquid would not run off into my trash can. A snap down lid would have been really nice.
Final thoughts and rating
While I am not thrilled about killing yellow jackets for no reason, there are instances when you have no other choice. The trap accomplishes that goal without putting me in danger. I do wish that the trap had a snap down lid to make disposal easier but it works OK as is. I recommend the Raid Disposable Yellow Jacket Trap for being pesticide free and give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.