Keep Wasps Away with These Homemade Wasp Repellent Recipes

There are many insects that can annoy, sting, and irritate us. However, one of the most common and most hated is the wasp. These pests buzz around without a care in the world, flying into the home through windows, buzzing around the garden and outside areas, and seemingly heading straight toward us with an evil glint in their eyes. For many people, a wasp sting can be annoying and painful but for others, it can actually prove deadly.

Making sure you use a suitable wasp repellent can prove very helpful during the summer months when wasps are out in their droves.

While you can purchase this type of repellent online or from stores, there are also some very nifty and simple homemade wasp repellent recipes that you can use.

These will enable you to keep these pests at bay without having to spend a fortune on pre-made products. In addition, it means that you know exactly what will be going into the repellent so you can avoid anything that may cause you or your loved one’s irritation.

Some of the homemade wasp repellent recipes that you can try

If you want to protect yourself from wasps but you prefer to make your own repellent with natural ingredients rather than purchase one, there are plenty of easy options that you can go for. Some simple recipes that you may want to try are:

  • Plant mint: According to research, wasps do not like mint so if you make sure you grow some mint in your garden, it can help to keep wasps at bay so that you can enjoy your garden without them buzzing around you or stinging you. In addition, you can also use some peppermint oil on cotton pads around the perimeter of your property to reduce the risk of them coming indoors
  • Blending essential oils: There are a number of essential oils that you can blend in order to repel these pests. The three effective ones that can create a repellent blend are lemongrass, geranium, and clove. 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. You can also spray the solution around window and door frames to reduce the risk of wasps getting into your home
  • Sugar and water: Although this is not a repellent as such, it is an effective homemade trap that can help to rid you of wasps that are already inside your home. You simply mix sugar and water together, as this is a treat that wasps will love and will immediately make a beeline for. Put the solution into a container such as a two-liter soda bottle. By inverting the bottom and cutting off the top from the bottle, you can create an effective trap that wasps will quickly fly into but won’t be able to work out how to escape from
  • 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. According to researchers, soap affects the breathing of wasps and can result in almost instant death for them. This provides a good way to kill wasps more humanely compared to chemicals and in a way that is more environmentally friendly
  • Using baby powder: One very simple solution that may help to keep wasps away from you is the use of baby powder. If you use this on your body, the chances are that wasps will stay away because the talc is meant to repel these insects. This provides a very cost-effective method of repelling wasps when you are out and about or when you are spending time in the garden
  • White vinegar and water: If you want to get rid of wasps that are hounding you outdoors or inside the home, you can try this simple solution to kill them. Mix one cup of water and one cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle. All you have to do then is spray any wasps that try to get near you or that are inside your home
  • Spicy spray solution: If you have chili peppers in your home, this is a simple and very effective repellent. Simply chop up two peppers and combine 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 and nests may be
  • Cucumber repellent: Cucumber is another product that you can use to repel wasps, as they do not like it because of its acidity. You simply need to slice up a cucumber and place slices around the home or even the garden where you find that there are lots of wasps around. Do this on a regular basis, and you can keep wasps at bay so that you can enjoy your home and garden
  • Bay leaves: Bay leaves have a strong smell because of the essential oils that they contain. This means if you scatter them around areas of your home and garden where there are wasps they will generally stay away. You will need to change the leaves on a weekly basis but they can be very effective.
Bay leaves

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


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 and products. This makes it easier for you to keep your home and garden free from wasps so you can enjoy the spring and summer months. These are also very cost-effective solutions, so you don’t have to spend a fortune on keeping these pests at bay.


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Expert in mosquito control and the main website editor at Karen started InsectCop to help people get rid of mosquitoes. But now she gives advice an all things pest control.


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.

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