How to get rid of Wasps

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

TrapStik to be Immediately 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
– A Review on Trapstik

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TrapStik for 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.

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Cordless Hedge Trimmer makes easy work of Difficult Jobs

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The Kobalt 40V Lithium Ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Before I purchased the Kobalt cordless hedge trimmer, I found myself searching for a battery powered chain saw and I’m not sure why. While a cordless hedge trimmer does resemble a gas-powered chainsaw with it’s inch long spikes minus the chain, it is completely different in form, function, and purpose. When I think of chainsaws I think of a heavy duty piece of machinery designed to saw through massive tree trunks. I have a hard time believing any battery powered chainsaw is going to have enough power and endurance to get through a thick tree trunk. The Kobalt 40V lithium powered hedge trimmer comes with 24″ duel action blades that can easily cut through tree branches and trim hedges and shrubs around the home and it does the job far more quietly than a chainsaw.

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Why a Cordless Hedge Trimmer is better than a Gas Trimmer

While I have not tried any other battery-powered hedge trimmer brands, the Kobalt 40v Lithium-Ion hedge trimmer, in my opinion, puts any gas-powered tool to shame for most jobs around the house. While it is true that gas gives you more power and the ability to do larger jobs, the Kobalt cordless hedge trimmer provides you with a lightweight tool that is sure to get more use due to its convenience, ease-of-use, and instant-on operation. In the time it would take me to merely think about gassing-up and starting up an old gas hog, I could just about have the entire pear tree in my back yard pruned and trimmed. Because the Kobalt cordless hedge trimmer is so light-weight and easy to handle, it instantly creates trimming opportunities that might otherwise be pushed aside or forsaken for too much trouble and effort. In short, a cordless hedge trimmer makes you more productive

Uses for the Kobalt Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Because it is light-weight, I don’t mind taking the Kobalt cordless trimmer with me up a ladder to prune the higher-up limbs on our trees. It cuts through most tree limbs in one-pass though it is light-weight enough that I don’t have to worry if I miss a few here and there – I simply go over them again. My wife has used our Kobalt cordless hedge trimmer to reshape bushes, hedges and trim an entire row of butterfly bushes along our backyard.  The key advantages here are ease-of-use and convenience. It is literally probably more work to clean up the branches and mess afterwards than it is to actually trim and cut down limbs, branches and re-shape rows of bushes.

Compatibility with other Kobalt Tools

The Kobalt battery-powered hedge trimmer uses the same 40V battery as my other Kobalt Tools: Kobalt Lawn Mower and Battery Powered Leaf Blower.  Now, owning all three Kobalt tools, I have more batteries and more chargers than I will ever need. If I have one and only one complaint It might be that Kobalt should offer its customers an option to buy their tools without the battery.

Demonstration of the Kobalt Cordless Hedge Trimmer

The convenience and light-weight operation of battery-powered tools has encouraged me to do a lot of little extra yard work that I normally wouldn’t have done. Whenever I see something around the lawn that needs a little trimming, I know that my cordless hedge trimmer is only the press-of-a-button away from making me instantly productive. If I see a few grass blades on the driveway that I normally would have let go, I don’t hesitate to put a battery in the leaf blower and get them cleaned up. When my grass was growing twice as long in the early summer, I mowed more frequently than I normally would have thanks to the easy, light-weight operation of the Kobalt Battery Powered Lawn Mower.

If you are really into keeping a neatly groomed lawn and garden, I cannot recommend the Kobalt cordless hedge trimmer enough. On the other hand, if you don’t care much for doing yard work and extra trimming around the house, that is probably the best reason of all to get a cordless hedge trimmer.


Kobalt Battery Powered Leaf Blower

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The Kobalt Battery Powered Leaf Blower is the third in a series of cordless lawn and garden tools I’ve bought from Kobalt. Last year, I bought the Kobalt Battery Powered Mower and have been pleased with both its performance and reliability thus far. Next, I purchased the Kobalt Battery Powered Hedge Trimmer. So far, I have been impressed with this light weight chain-saw substitute, but I have not had enough experience with it to complete a review. I hope to give the hedge trimmer some use in the next few days and will review it soon, so check back soon. One thing all of these cordless tools from Kobalt have in common is that you can buy them from here: Lowes Sells Kobalt Tools. Now, back to the Kobalt leaf blower. Before, I get into the specifics of this product, let me do something I rarely do and give you a quick run-down on the pros and cons of the Kobalt battery powered leaf blower:

Pros and Cons of the Kobalt Battery Powered Leaf Blower

Pros

  • Convenient – no cords. Quick charge.
  • Affordable for a lithium ion re-chargeable tool.
  • Light Weight and small for portable, easy storage.
  • Easy to Handle – nice ergonomics.

Cons

  • Weaker air flow  than with other corded and gas blowers – Only good for grass blades, leafs and other light-weight, dry debris.
  • Kobalt forces you to buy both the battery and charger whether you need them or not. With my hedge trimmer and mower, I have more than I can use.

Do the Cons outweigh the Pros?

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