Keep Wasps Away With These Homemade Wasp Repellents

There are many insects that annoy, sting, and irritate us. One of the most common and most hated of these is the wasp. They can enter our homes through the windows, buzz around our gardens and outdoor areas, and, if disturbed, reward us with a painful sting. While for many people, a wasp sting can just be annoying and painful, for others, it can actually prove deadly.

Using a suitable wasp repellent can prove very helpful during the summer months when wasps are out in force.

You can purchase these types of repellent online or in stores. There are also some very nifty, simple homemade wasp repellent recipes that you can mix up at home.

These products will enable you to keep these pests at bay without having to spend a fortune on pre-made products. It also means that you will know exactly what will be going into the repellent. This will let you avoid using anything that may cause you or a loved one any irritation or allergic reactions.

Some DIY Natural Wasp Repellents

If you want to protect yourself from wasps, there are plenty of easy options to choose from. These recipes will allow you to make your own repellent with natural ingredients rather than purchasing a synthetic one. Some simple recipes that you may want to try can be found below.

One-Ingredient Recipes

  • Mint
    According to research, wasps do not like mint. So, if you make sure to grow some mint in your garden, it can help keep wasps at bay. You will be able to enjoy your garden without any wasps buzzing around or stinging you. Also, if you put some peppermint oil on cotton pads and leave them around the perimeter of your property, you will reduce the risk of any wasps coming indoors.
  • Baby Powder
    One very simple solution that may help to keep wasps away is baby powder. If you use this on your body, wasps will probably stay away because the talc supposedly repels these insects. This is a very cost-effective method of repelling wasps for when you are out and about or spending time in the garden. However, this option is purely anecdotal. No experimental scientific research was found to back it up.
  • Cucumber
    Cucumbers are another product that you can use to repel wasps. Though it hasn’t been scientifically tested, it likely works because they don’t like a bitter chemical in cucumbers called cucurbitacins. You simply need to slice up a cucumber or hold on to cucumber peels and place the slices/peels around your home or even in the garden, in the area where you find a lot of wasps. Do this regularly and it will help keep wasps at bay so that you can enjoy your home and garden without worries.
  • Bay Leaves
    Bay leaves contain a wasp-repellent essential oil called eugenol. Scattered bay leaves around the areas of your home and garden where wasps are may keep them away. However, it is unclear if eugenol is present at high enough concentrations in the leaves to repel wasps. Homeowners have complained about wasps infesting their bay trees, suggesting that the leaves may not provide adequate repelling properties.
Bay leaves

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Two-Ingredient Recipes

  • Sugar and water
    While this is not a repellent as such, it is an effective homemade trap that can help get rid of wasps that are already inside your home. Simply mix sugar and water together, as this is something that the wasps will love and will immediately make a beeline for.
  • Soap and water
    You can also keep wasps at bay by spraying any nests that are on your property with a simple soap and water solution. Soap affects the breathing of wasps and can result in almost instant death. It is also more environmentally friendly than some other synthetic options.
  • White vinegar and water
    If you want to get rid of any wasps that will not let you be either outdoors or indoors, you can try to kill them with this simple solution. Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Use this to spray any wasps that try to get near you or that are inside your home.
  • Chili pepper and water
    If you have chili peppers in your home, this is a simple and potentially very effective repellent. Simply chop up two peppers and combine them with three cups of water. Boil the mixture for a couple of minutes and allow it to cool. Strain the solution into a spray bottle and use it to spray individual wasps or outdoor areas where wasps or their nests may be. While there is no scientific evidence that wasps respond to capsaicin (the ingredient that makes peppers spicy), there is anecdotal evidence that it harms and even incapacitates them.

Multiple-Ingredient Recipes

  • A Blend of Essential Oils
    There are many essential oils that you can blend to repel these pests. The three most effective ones for creating a repellent blend are lemongrass, chili and peppermint oil. All you need to do is fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of each of these three oils. You can then use this as a repellent. Spray the solution around windows and door frames to reduce the risk of wasps getting into your home.

These are just some of the very simple solutions that you can use to repel wasps both inside and outside your home.

DIY wasp repellent spray for humans – Our favorite essential oil blend

Feeling like you can’t get rid of wasps and they are bothering you too much? Try our favorite wasp repellent essential oil blend (+ dish soap).

Here is what you will need:

  • Empty spray bottle
  • Peppermint oil
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Dish soap
  • Water

How to make a natural wasp repellent spray?

  1. Fill the spray bottle with water. Depending on the capacity of the bottle, adjust the drops of essential oil you have to use in your mixture but general guidelines are.
  2. Add 10-20 drops of peppermint oil per 1 liter
  3. Add 10-20 drops of peppermint oil per 1 liter
  4. Couple of drops of soap
  5. Mix it well together
  6. Your homemade wasp repellent spray is ready! Use it on your body and surfaces to repel wasps.

How to use wasp repellent spray?

Never spray on the wasp nest or wasps themselves! They might perceive it as a danger and become aggressive. 

Instead, spray it around windows, surfaces, or your body itself.

Note: This homemade wasp repellent may not work for serious cases and large wasp infestations because this method drowns wasps on the spot. If it’s not the wasp queen then the workers will keep multiplying. 

Natural home remedies for wasp stings

Got stung by a wasp? Learn how to treat wasp stings with these two simple, yet effective methods:

1. Ice

Dirt and ice are methods that have been used around for many centuries. And thanks to Jacob Perkins (inventor of freezers), we can access ice in any season of the year. 

Ice is a great way to slow down blood flow to the affected area and reduce the swelling and pain from a wasp sting.

How to apply ice?

Take some ice cubes from your freezer, put them in the plastic bag and wrap a thin cloth around the ice to prevent your skin frostbite. Then put it on the wasp sting for the next 20-30 minutes.

2. Lemon juice & Vinegar

Both vinegar and lemon juice will help you to neutralize the venom due to its acidic content. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for better success.

Just simply mix these two ingredients together or use them separately.

How to apply lemon juice and vinegar?

Squeeze the juice out of the lemon and soak the cloth in it. Then apply it to the wasp sting and hold it there for 5-10 minutes. 

The same principle applies to the vinegar solution.  

Homemade wasp trap

Drown wasps with DIY traps so you don’t have to spend a dime on ready-to-go products.

Here is what you will need:

  • Empty bottle – The size of the bottle does not matter that much but we would suggest you to pick between 0.5l – 2l bottles.
  • Tape – Regular tape that you will have to utilize to hold the cut part of the bottle.
  • Scissors – To cut the top part of the bottle.
  • String – To hang the trap wherever you want. It’s not obligatory. 

How to make a wasp trap?

  1. Screw the bottle top off of an empty bottle and throw it away. You won’t need it anymore.
  2. Cut the top part (1/4) of the bottle so it resembles a funnel.
  3. Put the “funnel” part in the bottle with the nozzle facing down.
  4. Seal both parts together with tape. The final product should look something like this.DIY wasp trap INSECT COP
  5. Pour sugary water or your preferred choice of wasp bait into the bottle.
  6. Duplicate the process and put your wasp traps near the wasp nest.
  7. Check the wasp trap daily, get rid of dead wasps and repeat the process.

The best solution (wasp bait) to put in your DIY wasp trap is a scoop of jam and a drop of soap. Then mix it up with a little bit of water and pour it into your newly made trap.

Of course, you can also experiment and find the ultimate wasp bait yourself. If you find something better – make sure to comment below so we can see it!

For better visual understanding, check the YouTube video below.


As you can see, there are many simple and effective ways in which you can repel or kill wasps without the use of harsh chemicals or pre-made products. This will make it easier for you to keep your home and garden wasp-free so you can enjoy the warm weather without fear. These are also very cost-effective solutions, so you will not have to spend a fortune to keep these pests at bay.


Adrian Kasnick

What do you suggest for mosquitoes? I’ve been using cross check plus.


    CrossCheck Plus works great for mosquitoes. For recommendations on what to use for mosquitoes, I’d suggest you check out our article on mosquito yard sprays. There you will find great alternatives to CrossCheck, both natural and ones containing chemicals.

    Joyce Price

    I really appreciate your information about natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes, wasps and other harmful bugs. Natural is the only way to go for me.


    I have a recent outbreak of wasps around my porch. I have brought my hummingbird feeders inside.

    I’m looking for a spray solution that will keep the wasps away but won’t harm flowering and vegetable plants and the hummingbirds


    We wouldn’t suggest using insecticides since hummingbirds are rather vulnerable creatures. Have you thought about any other methods of dealing with the wasps? You can draw some inspiration from our article about getting rid of wasps.


    I tried your idea of spraying soap and water, actualy I used faitu liqued.
    It wasn’t long before they dissapeard. I will double check in the morning.


I was in the woods yesterday with my family on a hike. My son was stung twice by a wasp, it literally got trapped between his sock and sneaker. When I flicked it away it stung me 3 times. Would of been really helpful to have some natural spray repellent then!!

Thank you for this helpful article. Mixing up some vinegar and water today!

Joyce Holzinger

I discovered when I fill my hummingbird feeder and invert it to the flowers some of the nectar is spilled on the exterior attracting wasps. I took a glass of water and thoroughly rinsed off the flowers and wasps are Not at the feeder ! Hopefully this will retake care of the problem

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