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 Do-It-Yourself 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. Cut off the top of a plastic bottle. Put the solution into the bottom of the container. Invert the top and put it back into the open bottom, like a funnel. This will create an effective trap that wasps can quickly fly into but will be unable 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. 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, geranium, and clove 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.

Conclusion

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.

6 Comments

Adrian Kasnick

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

    Karen

    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.

    Chris

    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

    InsectCop

    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.

Rodney

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!

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