Wasp Lure


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Hawkeye wasp lure is a scientifically developed and proven highly attractive sugar and wasp attractant-based lure that attracts and draws common and German wasps to the wasp traps and catches the active foragers that cannot find their way out of the trap and drowns and dies inside the trap.

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Contains bee repellents and do not attracts bees when used as per directions. Effective against Common and German wasps.

Hawkeye Wasp Lure is available in the following pack sizes:

  • Home User starter pack: includes 1 x 225g sachet of Hawkeye Wasp Lure, 1 Hawkeye Wasp lure trap, and 1 cable tie
  • 225ml Sachets 1pk
  • Hawkeye Wasp Trap
  • 20x 225ml sachets 20pk

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Always use as per directions

Inspect your property and notice the wasp activity and select high wasp activity areas for installing the wasp lure traps. Hawkeye Wasp lure should be placed near to where wasps are foraging for food for best results.

It shouldn’t be placed anywhere where there are strong odours that could mask the ‘smell’ of the attractants in the lure, for example, do not place Hawkeye Wasp Lure near flower beds, especially if they have a strong fragrance. Ideally the placement will be in an open position out of all day sun, but the primary consideration is putting it where wasps are foraging.

Once you have the location for the Hawkeye wasp trap placement decided, put a nylon thread or a tie wire on the Yellow lid of the Hawkeye Wasp Trap and keep it aside.
Now fill the Hawkeye wasp traps carefully with the Hawkeye Wasp Lure (one 225ml sachet per trap) and put the lid on making sure there are no spills on the sides. Wipe out with a damp cloth if there is any spill.

Carefully hang them on the pre-selected locations at about 1.5 meters above ground on a tree/fencing wire and again be careful about any spill, wipe out if any.
Lure spillage over the sides of the trap can attract bees as the volatile bee repellent components will evaporate quickly from the spilled material.


The traps works by drowning the wasps and are most active when there is enough liquid lure to drown them. Once the traps are full, empty the whole content and refill them with fresh Hawkeye Wasp Lure carefully. DO NOT Top them up with water.
You should notice a reduction in wasp activity with a week of Hawkeye Wasp trap and lure placement.

Special instructions for installing Hawkeye Wasp Traps in an apiary

Hang the traps at least at >25 meters distance from the hives.

If you are planning to keep using the Hawkeye Wasp Lure during winter, please make sure your hives are well fed and they aren’t starving/hungry and looking for any sort of food. At this time of the year (winter) when there is not much food (flowers) around for them, chances are that bees can detect the sugar in the traps once the lure odours are gone (after about 7-10 days) and can get into the traps. Change the lure 7-10 days during winter to avoid any accidental bee catch if the bees are hungry.

If you spot more than a couple of bees in any of the trap, the following steps should be observed:

  1. Wash Hawkeye Wasp Lure trap with warm water to remove old lure, dead wasps, bees, and any pheromone that may have been deposited by the bees.
  2. Replace with fresh Hawkeye Wasp Lure.
  3. Place the trap in a different location so that the bees can’t find it again.


Some things NOT TO DO:

DO NOT put the traps anywhere near strong fragrant flowering plant or a shrub or where the bees are most active

DO NOT top up the traps with water as that can attract bees (they can detect minute quantities of sugar present in the remaining lure. Fresh Lure contains bee repellents making sure no bees are caught. Always refill them with fresh Hawkeye Wasp Lure.

DO NOT kill the live wasps by spraying fly spray into the dome trap. This will repel further wasps from entering the dome as fly sprays are mostly repellent by nature.

Does Hawkeye Wasp Lure attract bees?

Hawkeye Wasp Lure contains bee deterrent so do not attracts them and bees do not go near the traps unless they are hungry and there is no natural food around. The only situations where bees have been found the traps are:

  • Lure spillage on the sides
  • Hungry and weak colonies during winter
  • Placement of traps near to strong fragrant plants masking and blending the bee deterrents and where bees are most active
  • Topping up the traps with water diluting the lure and lure volatiles

The wasp lure volatiles are highly volatile and evaporate quickly once outside the trap so any spillage on the outside of the traps can attract bees once the volatiles are gone because the remaining stuff will be mainly sugar so make sure there is no spillage and wipe it out with a damp cloth if there is any.

During dearth periods bees can attempt to check the traps so make sure you change the lure more frequently especially during winters to have adequate bee deterrents in the lure and install the traps at >25 meters from hives. Do not top it up with water.


Which species of wasps gets attracted to Hawkeye Wasp Lure?

Common and German wasps


Does Hawkeye Wasp Lure attract paper wasps?

No, it is not particularly attractive to paper wasps because they have different behaviour and colony needs but paper wasps have been found in some traps in some locations under high paper wasp pressure conditions.


What active ingredient does it contain? How does the Hawkeye Lure works?

Hawkeye Wasp Lure doesn’t contain any active. It is non-poisonous and works via attract and trap mechanism. The wasps are attracted to the wasp attractant volatiles in the lure, enters the traps, gets trapped and cannot get out and hence dies of exhaustion and drowning.


I only have a couple of wasps flying here and there on my property, would it catch them too?

Yes, if there are any nuisance common and German wasps around on your property it should catch them, but you have to find a suitable sunny location away from a string fragrant plant to install the trap.


What should I do if there are still wasps around and not that many in the trap?

Change the location of the trap to another area where wasps are most active or hanging out most. They may be looking for some protein so check our Hawkeye wasp bait and install a bait station near to the areas where they are hanging out. Hawkeye wasp bait is taken back to the nest to feed the young ones and queen and kills the whole nest.


What is the best time to install the Hawkeye Wasp Lure traps to make sure the population of wasps is under control on my property before reaching to high levels?

Spring time is the best to fill and put the Hawkeye Wasp tarps out in sunny areas (or the areas you know are more prone to wasp activity based on previous wasp activity) to target the emerging queens from hibernation and the new batches of wasps from the colonies. A lot of queens have been found in the traps from September onwards in Auckland region and warmer parts of the country. One queen trapped is a nest gone so go for it and install a trap at the start of the season to target most queens or the early population.


How many Hawkeye Wasp Lure Traps do I need to install?

We can help you decide on that if you are unsure of how many Hawkeye Wasp lure traps you need for you unique situations. To start with you can get our home user starter pack and see how you go with one single trap. If you have a big property (> 500 meter square) and still have wasps in some other areas of you property get a couple more wasp Lure sachets and Traps and install them in different directions in high wasp activity areas. For 1000m2 size property and medium infestation levels we recommend about 2 traps or if the pressure is high install about 4 traps in different areas. If you are still unsure, please get in touch. You can fill an enquiry form or just give us a ring and we will be more than happy to talk to you.

What should I do if there is suddenly extremely high wasp pressure on my property?

If the population suddenly reaches to a very high levels, you need to tackle them with a dual direct and indirect kill mechanism for a faster and more effective control. Install Hawkeye Bait stations and fill them with Hawkeye wasp bait and also Install Hawkeye wasp lure traps is suitable areas as per the directions under these conditions.

How it works- Wasp bait will be taken back by the foragers looking for protein for the colony and the most active hungry foragers looking for sugar will be trapped in the Hawkeye wasp traps knocking the population of wasps down quickly and slowly the whole nest will die with the bait.

The wasp lure traps work via attract and trap mechanism where the active wasp foragers are attracted and drawn to the lure volatiles and once inside the traps they cant find their way out and drowns and dies in the solution. Empty the whole contents and re-fill the traps once they are full with wasps or there is no more free liquid left.

There may be some live active wasps inside the trap at the refilling time and it is okay to let them escape during refilling as they will fly back to their nest and recruit more wasps back to the trap.

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