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The Original Waspinator

The Original Waspinator

No nasty chemicals, no dangerous wasps. The original decoy nest tells others to stay away.
  • Pesticide-free alternative to harmful chemicals
  • Portable and easy to use
  • Great for picnics, camping, outdoor entertaining
  • Weatherproof and durable - can be used year after year

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  • In the Media

    In the Media

    Traps free up food fair

    Easier to bite into burger with wasp management

    This summer's PNE hasn't been much fun for wasps.

    With 70 traps spread across the fairgrounds, some 27,000 wasps and yellowjackets have been caught as part of a study being conducted by Contech Enterprises, a Delta firm that specializes in insect and animal control.

    With a warm spring and hot summer creating a wasp problem that's one of the worst on record, Contech approached PNE officials about putting up the traps at no charge.

    The warm summer has allowed wasps and yellowjackets to multiply -- and now is the time to control the population, says John Borden, chief scientist for Contech.

    The company wanted more insight into controlling the pesky insects at large venues. Borden -- a biological science professor at Simon Fraser University for 37 years before he joined Contech -- says "the wasp population has been building up all summer and the PNE is just at that time when the population is at its highest."

    The study is targeting species of wasps that go after food people are eating in the concession area. They can also sting people and, in some cases, the reaction can be fatal, he says. "The species that are a problem are the scavengers," he says, referring to the western and German yellowjackets that he's studying.

    The German yellowjackets only appeared in the Vancouver area recently, Borden says. "Where there's lots of food, that's where they are," he says. "We want them to be interested in the traps and caught by the traps -- instead of bugging someone eating Belgian waffles."

    The wasp traps around the PNE look like intravenous drip bags, with a hole in the middle and a natural compound solution in the lower part of the bag. The wasp is lured by the solution, found in fruit and flowers, and flies into the bag, then dies.

    About 97 per cent of the catch has been Western yellowjackets, with the German species about two per cent and miscellaneous types at about one per cent. "We have only captured four honey bees," says Borden. "The traps are highly selective. We don't want to take out the good guys."

    The wasp traps made by Contech have been in the design stage since 2004. The company is now looking at markets in the retail sector. A kit, which can be purchased online, sells for $5.99.

    The project has won fans. "For us, the problem with wasps is around the pop machine," says Steve Parsons, who operates Jimmy's Lunch and two other stands in the food-concession area. "This year, whatever they are doing is helping."


    Photograph by: Wayne Leidenfrost, The Province

  • How it Works

    How it Works

    Designed to mimic the look of a wasp nest, the Waspinator works by sending the message that the area is already inhabited by wasps – keeping other wasps away. The Waspinator is portable and easy to set-up so you can use it anywhere you might encounter wasps including backyards and patios, picnics, the beach or any other outdoor event. Made of durable, weather-resistant fabric, the Waspinator will be ready to protect your family from wasps year after year.

    If there is already an established wasp or yellow jacket nest near the area you would like the Waspinator to protect, we recommend removing it first as their instinct will be to to return to their nest.

  • Set Up

    Set Up

    Hang the Waspinator in any area you are being bothered by wasps, as close to the area as possible. (For example, above your patio table or next to your barbeque).

  • Testimonials

    "I was lucky to win the Waspinator in your contest. The devils were already taking over my patio when this football shaped gray bag arrived. I had doubts but hung it on my wild plum tree beside the patio. Low and behold its a miracle - no more wasps. I can put a saucer of wet catfood out for the stray and not a wasp. For the past 3 years I had nests in my yard and none of the sprays, bottles of sugared water helped. Thanks to you and the Waspinator I have my yard back and I certainly will enjoy it when this monsoon season is over."


    C.Taylor, Winnipeg

    "I wanted you to know about our experience with your wonderful Waspinator. At a recent sidewalk sale, we blew up close to 60 yellow balloons. As I'm sure you can imagine, we attracted more than customers... the wasps came shopping too! We swatted, we waved our arms, we ran for your Waspinator. It was quickly installed in a tree, and in less than 20 minutes, we were free of wasps. Wow! What a product. Thank you for making summer much more fun. We can all enjoy outdoor dining in relaxed comfort."


    V. Parkhurst, Dig This, Victoria, BC


    "Wow! Hot summer day, plenty of food and drink, NO WASPS to be found. After our main event, I took them to the University that I work for in Detroit, Michigan and used them a number of times with much success. Having a little environmentalism in my blood, I am truly grateful for your invention. The Waspinator keeps the wasps out of our occupied areas, yet doesn’t harm the beneficial wasps or the environment."


    J. Orlando,President, KQA Communications, Washington, MI




  • Tips & Tricks

    Tips & Tricks

    If there is already an established wasp or yellow jacket nest near the area you would like the Waspinator to protect, we recommend removing it first as their instinct will be to to return to their nest.