For pests like wasps that might be eating the fruit off your fruit tree, the easiest trap I’ve seen is the one from The Complete Tightwad Gazette. Take a two liter plastic bottle, cut a banana peel into strips and drop them into the bottle. Add one cup vinegar and one cup sugar and swirl around to mix. Add water to two inches below the top. Tie a string around the neck of the bottle and tie the string to your fruit tree. The pests will be drawn to the fermenting banana, fall into the bottle and die.
Bees won’t be attracted to this because of the vinegar. If you have bees you don’t want, please call your local county extension to find a beekeeper that will take pollinator bees away. Meanwhile, to keep them away from your yard or deck, try spraying the area liberally with diluted blue Dawn detergent. Put about an inch in the bottom of the spray bottle and then fill it up with water.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.