Wasps. They’re the mean, ornery cousins of the common honey bee. Not only do they not make honey or beeswax, wasps sting at the slightest provocation. If you have a problem with wasps but don’t want to spend money on pricey exterminators or use harmful chemicals, you can use these homemade remedies to get rid of wasps. Plus, using materials you already have around your home is environmentally friendly.
Simple Homemade Insecticide Sprays
These remedies may sound simple, but they are really effective for getting rid of wasps.
Wasp Killer Spray #1
Mix 1 teaspoon of dish detergent with one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of cooking oil. Add this mixture to four cups of water. Spray it liberally around areas where wasps often congregate, but be careful not to get stung while doing so. Do not spray directly at the hive. This spray will get rid of wasps by breaking down their waxy outer shells. This allows the lemon juice to burn the wasps. Also, the oil will fill the wasps’ breathing pores, called spiracles, and smother them.
Very Simple Spray
Mix one quarter cup of rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, with four cups of water. Spray it generously anywhere wasps tend to be.
Two Garlic Sprays
This spray uses the natural burning power of garlic and peppers as a home remedy to get rid of wasps. Put two bulbs of garlic and two hot peppers in a blender. Any type of hot peppers can be used. Pulse a few times, until mixture is smooth. Add to this enough water to fill the blender half way. Strain this mixture to remove the pulp and solids, and dilute it with six cups of water. Spray it liberally around areas where wasps often congregate, but be careful not to get stung while doing so. Do not spray directly at the wasps’ hive.
One variation on this spray is to use one more bulb of garlic, for three bulb of garlic total, and no peppers. Add to this one teaspoon of molasses and mix well. Dilute the mixture with four cups of water. The molasses will cause the mixture to be sticky and stick to the wasp, allowing the garlic to burn more effectively. Spray it liberally around areas where wasps often congregate, but be careful not to get stung while doing so. Do not spray directly at the wasps’ hive.
Super Strong Spray
Mix one cup of household cleaner with one cup of rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol. Add to this mixture four cups of water. Spray it generously anywhere wasps tend to be. However, do not spray it directly at the hive, as you could get stung.
Orange /Lemon/ Lime or other Citrus Spray
Cut one orange, lemon, lime or other citrus fruit in half, and squeeze out the juice. Add one half cup of vinegar to this, and dilute it with four cups of water. Do not spray directly at the wasps’ hive. Spray it generously anywhere wasps tend to be, but be careful not to get stung while doing so.
All Out Combination Wasp Spray
This spray combines many different ingredients for a super effective home remedy to get rid of wasps. Mix one teaspoon soap, one teaspoon cooking oil, one tablespoon lemon juice, and place in a spray bottle. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with one cup of alcohol and one cup of water. Spray it generously anywhere wasps tend to be. However, do not spray it directly at the hive, as you could get stung.
Another type of homemade remedy to get rid of wasps is wasp repellent. These repellents will keep wasps far away from your home.
Eucalyptus is not only for koalas. Pour eucalyptus oil into small, uncovered dishes and place them in areas where you have a wasp problem. The vapors will discourage wasps from coming to the area. The smell is a bit strong, but anything is better than wasps!
Wasps and other insects do not like the strong smell of vanilla. Float three drops of vanilla extract and three drops of rubbing alcohol in a small dish of water. Place this on the table while you are outside, and wasps shouldn’t bother you.
If you are out camping, or near a fire pit try using lemons to repel wasps. Boil a pot of water and cut three lemons into quarters. Boil the lemons in the water, and the lemon scented steam will keep wasps away. Plus, it will smell lemony fresh!
Wasps and other insects do not like the strong smell of mint either. Float three drops of peppermint extract and three drops of rubbing alcohol and three drops of mint extract in a small dish of water. Put small dishes of this mixture out where ever you have a wasp problem, and the wasps will keep away.
Catnip is ten times as effective as DEET in keeping wasps and other insects away. Soak a cup of catnip in two cups of oil for two to three weeks. Pour this mixture into the blender and blend until smooth. If you set this mixture out in small open containers where wasps tend to be a problem, wasps will keep away.
Best Ever Wasp Repellent
This repellent is a great home remedy for getting rid of wasps. It works like mosquito repellent that you would buy at the store. Mix 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/8 cup rubbing alcohol or vodka, 1/8 cup distilled water, one fourth teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil, one fourth teaspoon citronella essential oil, and half a teaspoon of peppermint essential oil. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle, and spray yourself with it. Wasps will not bother you at all when you have this homemade wasp remedy on.
A third great home remedy to get rid of wasps is the wasp trap. This trap is very simple to make but extremely effective. Since it reuses a plastic water bottle, it is also environmentally friendly.
Cut off the top, funnel shaped part of a plastic soda bottle. Unscrew the cap and place the funnel shaped part inverted on to the bottom, tube shaped part. Glue the two pieces together. Fill the bottom of the bottle with one fourth of a cup of water, one teaspoon of dish soap, one teaspoon of sugar, and a teaspoon of alcohol. The soap and alcohol will kill wasps, and the sugar will attract wasps to your trap.
Try some of these home remedies to get rid of wasps, and you’ll solve your wasp problem in no time! Remember, always put safety first when dealing with wasps.