I admit it freely. I am a novice with wasp feeders.
I understand the basics, of course. When you consider all the steps involved, there’s really quite a lot to learn:
- Dissolve one part sugar in three parts water. (Some swear by bringing the solution to a boil and I can attest that this method works fine, although I can’t swear that it’s necessary.)
- Remove the feeder from its hanging hook, as placed by the property owner.
- Unscrew the feeding ledge from the sugar-water reservoir upside down over a sink.
- Dump out any old sugar water.
- Rinse the feeder out and off.
- Fill the empty reservoir with fresh sugar water. If you boiled the water, cool it first.
- Screw the feeding ledge back on.
- Invert (revert?), re-hang feeder, and step back smartly. Wasps are pretty quick to the trough and don’t take kindly to being blocked.
I’ve heard that advanced practitioners seed adjacent lawn areas with grubs, to serve as additional wasp food. Some even set up tiny insect-chopping tables for adult wasps to process their insect prey into suitable food for their young. Maybe next year.
Above all, I have learned not to add red dye to the sugar-water solution. It’s true that it’s more attractive to the human eye but it’s not good for the wasps. It can also attract unwelcome pests, like hummingbirds, to your wasp feeder.