Update: New and Improved Trapstik
March 19, 2018 – Trapstik is back on Store Shelves
New Version is Safer for Birds
I have just received a brand new version of Trapstik. Just about seven months after being pulled off the shelves due to being a bird safety hazard, Rescue has come back to the rescue with another product that should continue to be as effective at catching wasps, yet be much safer for birds. The new re-design comes with safety guards that prevent birds from getting stuck to the ultra-sticky surface. I have not had a chance to review the new Trapstik yet as March is still just a too little early in Colorado for wasps. I will tell you, and as you can see from my Wasp Catching videos below, Trapstik is the most effective device for catching and thinning the wasp population in your home environment. I will report back with a full review later this Spring. Meanwhile, here is the story and details from Rescue:
Update on Trapstik July 19, 2017
TrapStik has been Pulled from Stores
As it turns out concerns over trapping small birds and other animals were not only well-founded, but led to the demise of what seemed like a great idea. After the stories I heard about these, I took extra precaution myself and never did feel comfortable having them in my yard. I decided I would never hang them anywhere, though I have used them low near wasp nests and never hurt a small animal or bird. Apparently, the birds are attracted the bright yellow color just as are the wasps. Birds also see the trapped wasps on the sticky surface as an easy meal. The TrapStik did an amazing job attracting and trapping wasps. Unfortunately, some of the environmental side effects of products like these are not always easy to predict. I applaud Rescue for coming to the rescue of small birds and discontinuing a very effective wasp elimination product. The occurrence may have been rare, but who wants to be one of those rare people trying to remove suffering and/or dead birds from traps? Rescue did the right thing. Now, what can we expect?
How to Design a Better TrapStik for Wasps
Rescue mentioned in their press release that their product engineers are working on ways to improve TrapStik to make it environmentally safe. Here is my idea: They should place a transparent, plastic cone with small holes around the same, wasp-attractive, colored, sticky surface. The colorful design would invite wasps to step inside through the holes, while preventing birds from access to touching it. One question I have is whether or not they could improve the design of their other, current wasp traps by mimicking the same colorful yellow and green pattern. The serum alone, did not seem to be nearly as effective in attracting wasps as the colorful surface of the TrapStik. The colors combined with the scent of the serum, I would think, would make them far more effective at getting wasps to come in through the bottom holes. I will keep you updated on the reinvention or improvement of TrapStik as well as other effective products for getting rid of wasps as I hear about them. Wasps in our own backyard continue to be a huge problem for us.
How to get rid of Wasps
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How to get rid of wasps is not a one-size-fits-all solution. The answer depends on the type of wasps, location, and situation. I have had great success removing wasps from the row of hedges along side of our swimming pool late in the summer simply by spraying them with a couple of cans of wasp spray. Other times, I was able to control wasps by hanging up a couple of Wasp Traps with Wasp Attractant around the perimeter of the yard. This summer, we had a different problem: Wasps were gaining entry into the bottom of our porch through an open hole. Dozens were coming in by the hour I tried using wasp spray and tried using wasp attractant, but none of these things seemed to make a dent in the wasp population flying in and out of the porch hole. Finally, I sprayed the hole shut with insulation foam. The wasps appeared to not be able to get anymore, but it didn’t stop them from trying. The area was now a complete mess, swarming with wasps who were bound and determined to get inside the bottom of our backyard porch. Finally, I found something that appears to be working.
TrapStik for Wasps
While at Walmart, my wife and I discovered a very inexpensive product called, TrapStik for Wasps. Unlike other products, the TrapStik actually serves as a wasp attractant. Unfortunately, the box indicated that this trap is only intended for paper wasps, not the Yellow Jackets that we identified under our porch. Also, you would think how to get rid of wasps in this manner might not be an option if attracting them is not a problem. Still, it makes sense that if you really want to know how to get rid of wasps, you have to attract them first. Attraction, in our case, was not a problem. They were attracted to the hole in our cement porch like magnets. I decided to try one of the TrapStik devices by placing it right over the area that the wasps are so fondly attracted to. Below are some of the results.
Wasp Trap Results
The TrapStik is a green, cylinder-shaped box made by Rescue. We placed it on it’s side, partially covering the hole. To the left of the TrapStik, you will notice the foam that was sprayed to cover the hole.
Wasp Trap Time Lapse Photos
Conclusions on Trapstik for Wasps
Warning: Wasp Trap can Harm Birds
There is always a catch, heh? As good as the TrapStick is for catching wasps, I’m hesitant to use it where and when it is most needed because I am afraid of birds discovering it. I’ve read some reviews from some customers on Amazon, who have had the sad experience of trying to remove little bird feet from the sticky substance without harming the poor bird. The TrapStik wasp trap is meant to be hung from a tree, deck, or some other surface. Many users have complained that it has captured some birds who are unable to get away from the sticky material. This could be the reason why this wasp trap was on clearance at my local Walmart store. In my case, I wasn’t too concerned because birds never come down as low as the patio by my walk-out basement. So far, I have not had a problem.
As you can see by the two images above, TrapStik does trap wasps with ease. If you count carefully, you will notice that at least 42 wasps have been trapped in the bottom image. As this is written, the death toll of these Yellow Jacket continues to mount. Only time will tell if it will completely solve the problem. I will report back here soon.
How to get rid of Wasps