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Wasps showing no interest in my new purchased WHY TRAP.
The upper attractant Vial is not a liquid, but a solid. IS THIS CORRECT?

Posted by: Sony | Apr 3, 2010 8:02:24 AM

We bought a WHY Trap a few days ago after seeing a flurry of wasp activity on our deck. So far the only thing we've trapped are a ton of gnats and a lady bug. Is this normal? My husband wants to return the trap and get a refund. To Sony, our attractant vial is also not a liquid but a solid. Wonder if this is why neither of our WHY Traps are garnering any interest? Love to hear from someone who might have some insight before I return the trap.

Posted by: Maggie | Apr 4, 2010 7:47:21 AM

Sony and Maggie, in response to your questions about the vial -- yes, the attractant in the vial is a solid form, not a liquid... a gel, to be more precise. It will dissipate into the air and lure the insects along with the other two attractants. Spring weather can be touch and go when it comes to the insects' emergence and attraction to the trap. We had some warm sunny days here in the Northwest, but it's been colder the past couple days which has driven them back into hibernation. If you are seeing insect activity but the trap isn't catching, try moving it to a different location. Thanks for trying our product and keep us posted!

Posted by: Stephanie | Apr 5, 2010 3:56:20 PM

We used a WHY trap last summer for yellowjackets and
it got a bunch, maybe 50 or 60.
This spring we got a attractant kit to reuse our trap but the
kit only had two parts in it and doesn't seem to be working.
It did not have the attractant "vial". Do we need to purchase something more?

Posted by: Cliff Whitney | Apr 12, 2010 9:05:19 AM

Cliff, I'm sorry your WHY Attractant kit didn't have all three attractants. That is an error on our part. Please contact our Customer Service people at 1-800-666-6766 and we'll send you a new kit.

Posted by: Stephanie | Apr 13, 2010 2:46:34 PM

i bought the why trap for wasps, hornets & yellow jackets. i live in tn. i had same problem of wasps on my back deck. also, last year we had a hornet's nest the size of a basketball on top of our house. i don't want that to happen again! anyways i had it hanging 20 ft to the side of deck. there was nothing in it after a week & a half. so i have it hanging under a tree in the front yard now. it only has 1 wasp in it, last time i looked. i saw the videos on the website, & the wasps just loved it. can you please help us? i don't know what else to do.

Posted by: kristine | Apr 17, 2010 8:13:41 AM

Today I received an email telling how to put water into a baggie with a few pennies and hang it where you want to eliminate flies. I went to my patio to work a few minutes later and a couple of flies started driving me crazy. So I came inside and put pennies and water in a baggie, clothes-pinned it to the chair 3 feet from mine, and the flies never came back!

Seems to me you could make something like a mobile with clear plastic balls filled with water and objects that look like huge bug eyes. This could hang from a plant hanger mounted to a wall or column in your porch or patio. You'd want the horizontal dimension of the mobile to be limited so the plastic balls would hang free.

Why don't you experiment with this? There might be an issue of the water-filled balls acting like magnifying glasses in sunlight if no wind was blowing the suspended water balls around. You could be the first to market it if you find it works! This would certainly be an ecology-friendly fly solution! Be sure to let me know if you do this!

Posted by: Margaret Swaim | Apr 19, 2010 2:20:58 PM

We bought a why wasp trap about a week and a half ago. We hung it right above a bush where we always see the wasps. The wasps flew around it but none ever went in. We caught a bunch of gnats but nothing else. So far we are VERY dissatisfied.

Posted by: Jackie | Apr 27, 2010 5:10:51 PM

I saw a trapped wasp today (a queen) and she figured out how to escape within an hour. What's the point of this trap if it can't keep a stupid insect trapped until it does? I want my money back. I bought 2 a month ago and I'm not satisfied.

Posted by: Anna | May 1, 2010 3:58:32 PM

i have a ranch lots of bees and yellow jackets need help

Posted by: alex sakhel | May 2, 2010 9:43:02 AM

The trap caught the Queen in one day! She found her way out in a few hours. Money thrown in to the wind.

Posted by: Brett | May 4, 2010 12:32:28 PM

Hi,I am Taiwan's company. We want to import your product. Please contant to us. Hope we can have a good cooperation.

Posted by: Shin-Yu | May 19, 2010 9:10:54 PM

We bought one yesterday and had a wasp in it within 30 minutes. Went to check on it this morning and the wasp had escaped! We followed the instructions to the letter. Why is not the answer.

Posted by: Jennifer | May 31, 2010 4:06:25 AM

Being an engineer I bought this product because I thought it was a fun way to catch the wasps in my backyard. Well the product does not work at all. I'm glad I bought a spray at the same time. You designed the bottom trap all wrong. The wasps can easily go in and out of your holes after going by the attractant. I've seen a few do this. Get an engineer on your team, and maybe your traps will actually work. There really is no reason for them to fly up the cone. By the way you can make their attractant use syrup and apple cider vinegar. The vinegar is their secret for keeping honey bees away. For syrup just use anything sugary (maple syrup, corn syrup, sugar, etc.). Waste of money, DON'T BUY.

Posted by: Joe | May 31, 2010 11:40:28 AM

Also you can make a similar trap at home for a fraction of the cost. Take a bottle (20oz, 2liter, whatever). Cut it about 3/4 of the way to the top, take the top and put it in the bottom half with the screw top facing down. Take the cap off. Bait the trap. See above comment for bait or search online for your specific insect. OR for smaller insects take a piece of paper and roll into cone. Take a bottle and insert the small side of the cone downward into the bottle. Insects will get in by crawling into the funnel, but won't be able to fly out. I've caught bugs as small as fruit flies, and as large as carpenter bees. You can even try fermenting sugar for bait. Take sugar+water+bread yeast. The fermenting sugar will attract just about any insect. The alcohol content of the liquid will kill them.

Posted by: Joe | May 31, 2010 11:52:02 AM

I'm returning this to costco! I have had 4 wasps in the trap and they found their way out!!! I'm not impressed.

Posted by: Jahnna | Jun 9, 2010 1:05:56 PM

Doesn't work at all. We have followed all instructions. We even moved it to various locations because we thought it might be too close to a nest. Not a single wasp has been trapped in the two weeks since I purchased it. They're still quite happily flitting about. I'm irritated that I paid nearly $13 for this and won't be purchasing this brand fly trap that I'd planned to get.

Posted by: kirstie | Jun 16, 2010 1:51:19 PM

Put outside following all instructions. Wasps all around the deck and front porch. tried both places and didn't trap a single wasp. still hanging out there but think it's useless. does anyone know if they will take these things back where you bought it? a waste of $14 - glad I didn't buy 2 of them as I wanted to! Is there a money back guarantee? Cheap flyswatter works better!

Posted by: Carolyn | Jun 21, 2010 3:49:17 PM

The fly trap works sooooo good!! There are so many different kinds of flies stuck in there and even some crazy looking beetles. There are gross larvae crawling around, none can get out. I don't know about your wasp trap, but the fly trap is awesome!!!

Posted by: Krystal | Sep 28, 2010 1:30:52 PM

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