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Offline capt44

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Wax Moth Trap (Bottle)
« on: February 28, 2015, 09:43:44 PM »
I was reading a post on a wax moth trap made from a soda bottle.
I use a 2 liter plastic bottle and drill a 1 inch hole in the side.
Here is a picture of one.
I have several out and about around my beeyards.

For bait I mix 1/2 cup sugar to 1/2 cup water and 1 cup red apple cider vinegar. I then pour the mixture into the bottle and take a banana peel and cut it up in pieces and put it in the bottle also.
Or you can put some cheap red wine and a banana peel, the fermentation is what catches.
It will ferment in a couple of days attracting wax moths and yellow jackets.
I set the around the bee yard or hang them from limbs about 2-5 feet.
Hey they're cheap and they work.
Here is a picture of the Wax Moths, the Greater and smaller one.
Richard Vardaman (capt44)

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Re: Wax Moth Trap (Bottle)
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2015, 07:01:19 AM »
Good info. I need these in my workshop where I store my supers.
Thanks for sharing.
Jim
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Re: Wax Moth Trap (Bottle)
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2015, 10:33:22 AM »
I use the same trap except for three smaller holes up around the neck for wasp and hornets , caught a few moths so maybe the larger hole catches more moths eh?
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Re: Wax Moth Trap (Bottle)
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2015, 01:33:18 PM »
I drill a 1 inch to 1 1/4 inch hole in the bottle.
Pigeon Mountains sells a beetle trap that uses a bucket from 1gallon to 5 gallon with a piece of pvc pipe stuck to the inside bottom to hold the bait and the bucket has several holes drilled around the top part of the buckets.
I bought a small one to try and they are a joke as far as hive beetle traps and the pvc pipe was stuck in place with silicone and turned loose making a big mess.
I've done better with the soda bottle traps for wax moth and yellow jackets.
Richard Vardaman (capt44)

 

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