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Natural Wasp Repellents: DIY Solutions for Keeping Them at Bay

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Welcome to the world of natural wasp repellents! In the warm embrace of spring and summer, as nature awakens and flowers bloom, so do the vibrant wings of wasps. While these creatures play a crucial role in our ecosystem, their presence can often disrupt the tranquillity of our outdoor spaces.

Say goodbye to unwanted stingers and hello to a peaceful, wasp-free environment. Let's get buzzing!

Natural Wasp Repellents: Household Ingredients and Simple Solutions

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil
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Who knew a daily ingredient readily available to put in your drinks and garnish your foods could be turned into a wonderful tool to repel wasps? Peppermint oil is effective at repelling wasps due to its strong scent. Wasps have a highly sensitive olfactory system, and certain scents can disrupt their ability to locate food sources or navigate their surroundings effectively.

Peppermint oil emits a potent aroma that’s particularly offensive to wasps, deterring them from areas where it’s present.

Additionally, peppermint oil contains compounds such as menthol and menthone, which have insect-repelling properties. These compounds are known to act as natural insecticides and can deter a wide range of insects, including wasps.

Citrus Peels

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Citrus peels are effective natural wasp repellents primarily due to their strong citrus scent, which is pleasing to humans but repulsive to wasps. This potent aroma masks the enticing odours that attract wasps to food sources and nesting areas, making the environment less appealing to them.

Additionally, citrus peels contain natural compounds like limonene, which possess insect-repelling properties. These compounds further deter wasps without harming humans or the environment. Their availability in most households, ease of use, and non-toxic nature make citrus peels a convenient and eco-friendly solution for keeping wasps at bay in outdoor spaces.

Whether scattered around outdoor areas or simmered in water to release their scent indoors, citrus peels offer a simple yet effective way to deter wasps naturally.

Garlic Cloves

Garlic Cloves
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Garlic is used in all sorts of savoury dishes to enhance their flavour and taste, but did you know that it can also be used to drive away frisky bugs?

Garlic cloves are good at repelling wasps because they give off a strong odour that wasps find unpleasant. This smell disrupts their ability to find food and move around comfortably. Additionally, garlic contains compounds like allicin that insects, including wasps, don't like. Whether you scatter cloves around outdoor areas or make a garlic spray, it's a simple and effective way to deter wasps without resorting to chemicals.


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Vinegar is a natural repellent for wasps because of its…you guessed it…potent odour and acidic properties. The strong smell of vinegar can confuse wasps, making them less inclined to stay in areas where it's present.

Vinegar's acidity can irritate wasps, dissuading them from returning to treated areas. By mixing water and vinegar in equal parts and applying the solution to areas frequented by wasps, such as outdoor seating areas or entry points to the home, you can effectively deter these pests without resorting to harsh chemicals.


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Cucumbers work like a charm in keeping wasps away. Chop a few slices, place them on aluminum foil, and keep them in areas where you see them often. You can alternately use an aluminum pie dish. This triggers a chemical reaction that bugs find repulsive. Humans can’t detect the smell, though. It's like waving a "no entry" sign for them. It's a simple, natural way to say "buzz off" to those pesky wasps.

Soap and Water Trap

The wasp soap and water trap is a simple way to catch and deal with wasps using just water and dish soap. Here's how you can make one:

  • Get a shallow container and fill it with water, leaving some space for the wasps.
  • Add a few drops of liquid dish soap and mix it gently.
  • Put the dish in places where you've seen lots of wasps, like near where you eat outside or by the garbage cans. The wasps will be attracted to the water but will get stuck and drown because of the soap.

Check the trap often and empty it when needed. It's a natural way to eliminate wasps without using harmful chemicals. Just be careful not to put it where people or pets might accidentally touch it.

FAQs About Wasps and Wasp Pest Control

Why do wasps sting?

Wasps typically sting as a form of defence. When they feel threatened, or their nest is disturbed, they may perceive humans or animals as a threat and respond by stinging to protect themselves or their colony.

What should I do if I get stung by a wasp?

If stung by a wasp, remain calm. Remove the stinger, if present, by scraping it out with a fingernail or a blunt object. Wash the affected area with soap and water, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling, and take over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary. Get medical attention if you experience severe reactions or multiple stings.

How can I prevent wasp stings?

To minimize the risk of being stung by wasps, avoid wearing bright-coloured clothing and strong fragrances, as these can attract them. Be cautious when eating or drinking sweet substances outdoors, as they can also attract wasps. Keep food and beverages covered and maintain clean outdoor spaces to reduce attractants. Additionally, inspect outdoor areas for wasp nests and take preventive measures to remove or relocate them safely.

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Are all wasps aggressive?

While some species of wasps are known for their aggressive behaviour, not all wasps are inherently aggressive. Many wasps, such as solitary species, are relatively docile and only sting when provoked. However, social wasps, like yellow jackets and hornets, can be more territorial and aggressive, especially when defending their nests.

How often do I need to reapply or refresh these natural repellents?

The frequency of reapplication depends on various factors, including weather conditions, the intensity of wasp activity, and the specific repellent used. Generally, it's a good practice to refresh or reapply repellents every few days, especially after rain, to maintain their effectiveness. Check soap and water traps regularly and empty them as needed. Observing the presence of wasps and the strength of the repellent scent can guide you in determining when to reapply or refresh.

What do I do when DIY solutions don’t work?

The DIY route can only go so far. A lot of the time, they may not work, mainly because you have a bigger infestation on hand. In that case, you’ll need professional wasp control to help eliminate the chances of these invasive insects creating more havoc.

How does professional wasp removal help?

Let’s say you know that your backyard almost always attracts wasps that make a nest every spring and summer. Because you know this, you choose a proactive wasp control solution. Our BuzzShield® Complete and WaspShield ensures you’re protected before any issues arise.

But let’s say you already have a big wasp problem on your hand. In that case, you can use our BuzzAttack™ Wasp. Wasp nest removal is best left to professionals as it can get quite dangerous. Our fully licensed and trained team deals with these pesky pests down to a science.

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