How To Get Rid Of Wasps Naturally: A Comprehensive Guide

Kenneth Wilson

Have you ever got your picnic or holiday outdoor lunch ruined by the tiny black and yellow striped buzzing creatures? Then give me a high five! You and I belong to the same party which has been a victim of wasps’ attack in our gardens. Though we appreciate their much-needed ecological significance but not to the extent of bearing them buzzing in our ears and stinging us in our lawns. Do you agree?

You can get rid of wasps naturally by spraying soap water, vinegar water, and planting strong-smelling herbs. Wasps are generally attracted to sweet food sources. Hence, covering food items, disposing of cooking scrap, and lid-bearing dustbins are the best ways to keep wasps off the house.

Hold it. Are you tired of the wasps spoiling your open-air brunches? Then this article is for you. Let’s find out the best ways to get rid of wasps and prevent them from returning. Get your back straight to solve the buzzing problem.

Are Wasps Dangerous?

We should get to know first whether wasps are dangerous or not. Wasps are usually pretty much non-aggressive. They become quarrelsome when they are annoyed. They only attack and sting when their nest is disturbed or when they are distressed by human activity.

Wasps can sting multiple times in their lifetime. Their sting has venom inside, which causes swelling, itching, and redness of the skin. Eventually, there is nothing to worry about a sting or two, but for a stroke of very bad luck, if a group of wasps attacks a person, 30-40 stings can prove fatal for him.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Wasps 

It is not hard to get rid of wasps naturally. Following are some pocket-friendly remedies you can do yourself at home.

1. A Mixture of Dish Soap Solution

This method is applicable almost for any insects, including wasps. Take a spray bottle filled with water and put two drops of dish wash soap in it. Shake it and spray on the wasps directly. This solution will instantly block their breathing pores, causing them to die on the spot. Try this method for one to a few wasps around.

2. Vinegar and Sugar Solution

Let me tell you how to make a smart trap for wasps. Take 2 cups of apple cider vinegar, add 2 cups of sugar, and one cup of water. Mix well. Place it near the entrance point of wasps. It will attract wasps and kill them soon.

3. A Fake Nest

Wasps are brilliant insects. They think that if another community is living nearby, they should shift to another place. So, making a fake nest in your house will prevent wasps from entering. You can make a paper nest easily at home and hang it around in your home or lawn.

4. Keep Food Covered

Never leave your food uncovered. Uncovered food items are the main source of attraction for wasps. Make sure to dispose of trash properly because rummaging into your dustbins and trash is the best hobby of wasps. Seriously!

5. Avoid Scents And Perfumes

The fragrance of strong scents and perfumes act as welcoming hosts to the wasps, inviting them to lurk and buzz around. You should use mild and gentle perfumes and room sprays that will not provoke the entrance of those little uninvited guests.

6. Plant Strong Aromatic Herbs

The sense of smell of wasps is praiseworthy. They are highly repellent to the strong aroma of herbs like peppermint, spearmint, thyme, and Citronelle. Bring some herbal plants home and keep the pots near windows and doors. It is a quick and natural remedy to get rid of wasps.

7. Using Essential Oils On Surfaces

Research on wasps’ behavior shows that some essential oils act as wasps repellents. These oils include clove oil, lemongrass oil, and Geranium oil. You can make a blend of small quantities of all three essential oils with water and fill up a spray bottle with it. It will work great to protect any surface from wasps. It can be applied to human skin too.

How Can You Remove A Wasps’ Nest?

It would help if you got rid of a wasps’ nest as soon as possible because the larger the nest grows, the more difficult it is to be removed.

Wasps generally build their nests in the bushes, under the trees, or in the shed. If the size of the nest is small with a mini wasps community, you can remove it yourself. Wear a full body-covering suit, spray a good wasp’s repellant available in the market, and throw the nest off with the help of some bamboo or iron rod or stick. Avoid touching the nest with your hands.

For a bigger nest, it is exceptionally recommended to seek professional help. Wasps can harm you with their stings. They do not die after stinging once. Hence, there is a chance of repeated stings from each wasp. So, removing a big nest yourself is a big NO!

What Attracts Wasps?

Listed below are several factors that attract wasps:

  • Open food sources, especially sweets, fruits, and sugary drinks.
  • Flowers. Wasps are one of the greatest pollen grains carriers on the planet.
  • Light. They usually go away from dark areas. In the nighttime, their activity, even within the nest, is near to zero.
  • Bright colored and floral dresses.
  • Open dustbins (literally wasps’ favorite picnic points)
  • Suitably warm places to build a nest.
  • Cooking scrap and food leftover.

How to Prevent Wasps from Coming Back

You can stop wasps from reentering your house with the help of these steps:

  1. 1
    Seal holes and block small entrances.
  2. 2
    Remove food sources.
  3. 3
    Avoid killing them by swatting. Squashing or smashing wasps releases a chemical (pheromone) off their body, which attracts other wasps. It is like multiplying them.
  4. 4
    Avoid strong scents and perfumes.
  5. 5
    Plant aromatic herbs.
  6. 6
    Avoid wearing bright colors.


Wasps are of great importance for the ecosystem of our mother Earth. But they are irritating and spoil our food and beverages. Their sting causes severe skin issues, and excess stinging can lead to the death of a person. That is why getting rid of them is necessary. (Related: Wasp Nest Problems? Here's How Much You Should Expect Wasp Nest Removal To Cost)

I hope this guide will help you in many ways to get handy knowledge of how to get rid of wasps naturally. They will not enter your house again unless you invite them. Goodbye, not-so-dear wasps. Have a nice day!

Kenneth Wilson
November 12, 2021
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Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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