How To Trap Yellow Jackets Hovering The Craft Service Table

Bee & strawberry

It’s Spring, the time of year when flying insects get active and threaten to take over your craft service table.

I remember several occasions when my table was under siege by those pesky yellow jacket wasps. It was nearly impossible for anyone to grab a snack without the risk of getting stung.

Luckily, an enterprising fellow crew member taught me the low/no cost method shown below. It’s a great way to distract wasps away from your craft service table goodies.

You may also be interested in, Craft Service Food Safety.

Check it out, this method really works! 

Supplies needed

  • 8 or 16 ounce empty plastic water bottle
  • jelly, jam, honey, or soda
  • sharp knife
  • spoon


  1. Gather all your supplies.
  2. Using your knife make an incision in the water bottle about an 1 to 1.5 inches from the top.
  3. Remove the top of the water bottle.
  4. Place about a teaspoon or less of an attractant like jelly, jam, honey, or soda into the bottle.
  5. Invert the top on bottle into the base of the bottle.
  6. Place bottle close to your table where it will not be disturbed. If you have a pop up tent you can use string to tie it to one of the crossbars.

Bee trap

That’s it! The yellow jackets fly into the bottle and feast on the attractant but they don’t fly out.

You can also use the PicnicPal food tent to keep flying insects off your craft service snacks. Check it out here.

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