How to get rid of wasps

How To Get rid of Wasps

Wasps can be a very pesky insect and dangerous to some people as they might be allergic. You can get rid of wasps using a variety of techniques found below. You should know that unlike bees, which die after a single sting, wasps don’t have barbed stingers and can sting you multiple times. Some wasps contain enough chemicals in their stings to kill a child, which makes this a very serious situation. Follow the tips below to learn how to get rid of wasps and wasps nests near your house.

Soap sprays

This method works great to kill wasps making nests in your home and it’s also pretty fun. You will need a special attachment that you can add to the end of a garden hose that will allow you to spray a solution mixed in with the water. First, make a mixture of some soaps and detergents. I recommend about a 50:50 ratio of laundry detergent to Dawn dish soap. Then, add this solution to your garden hose attachment and spray away. I recommend wearing long pants and heavy clothes in the event that you may get stung. Spray the nest thoroughly and try to knock it down if you can. Make sure to come out and check it in a day or two to make sure the wasps haven’t started rebuilding their fortress.

Grow wasp repelling plants

It may come to a surprise to many of you, but there are specific plants that will actually repel wasps, bees, and many other stinging insects. Wormwood, eucalyptus, mint, and the ever-so-famous citronella are plants that can get rid of wasps near your home as well as mosquitoes. Just plant this foliage around trees and the base of a house to keep them away. If needed, you can purchase citronella candles and light them on your back deck during the summer to discourage the building of wasp nests.

Fake nests

This is a very sneak home remedy to get rid of wasps almost overnight. See, wasps are very aggressive and quite territorial when it comes to their property. Amazon offers many fake wasps and hornet nests for sale and they are quite easy to install, as long as you don’t get too close when putting them up. Easily deter future wasps from starting a nest by leaving them hanging. I recommend putting them up in the winter or when it is really cold outside to reduce the risk of getting stung. These nests look like a paper lantern and look genuinely like a wasps nest. There are even rumors of people hanging brown paper bags to scare them off and it working. Just do your research and read reviews before buying anything.

Wasp traps

Aha, this method is pretty intuitive and works great. There are two types of traps I am talking about here: manufactured store bought traps and homemade wasp traps. Depending upon your situation, you may want to choose one more than the other, but if needed, you can combine these methods for the best results.

Firstly, the store bought traps that cost money and don’t have 100% success rate. Although these may be one of the best methods available, you should opt for other methods before resorting to buying a wasp trap. Basically how these works, is that the wasp notices some tasty bait like tuna or peanut butter and become attracted to it. After that, they walk into the trap and can’t get out because of a funnel shape. Their simple little minds can’t comprehend how to escape the trap and they get stuck and die. I mentioned using tuna as bait because wasps and yellow jackets love this stuff, but honeybees, bumblebees, and flies will leave it alone. You can find some very basic wasps deterrent nests from Amazon.

The second option is to create and make your own homemade wasp trap. First, take a water bottle or two liter pop bottle and cut it in half. After that, flip the top half inside out so that you get a module resembling one in the image below. Use super glue or hot glue to keep the pieces together. Bait the trap and leave it near the nest to catch and kill a few wasps. You may need to create a few of these traps for the technique to be effective, but it’s relatively cheap and fun.

Sandwich bag filled with pennies

Wasps have very specialized eyes that lets them see things we can’t always see. Some think that they see a bunch of hexagonal things, but this isn’t entirely true. Humans have two eyes and they don’t see two things do they? No, because our brains compile the images into a single experience. Anyways, this method will keep out many other flying insects with these types of eyes too such as flies and mosquitoes. Take a plastic bag and fill it with water and about 20 pennies. My friend claims that pennies aren’t even needed, but I find better luck using them. Hang this bag above a doorway or somewhere high in the air where the sun can catch it.

There is no proven science why this works, but there are a few hypotheses. Some say that the bag and water and pennies look like a spider web to the flying insects and they stay away from it. Another says the reflection from the sun is too bright for their eyes. To me, and most readers, it doesn’t matter how it works, just that it works.

Knock down nests in the winter

This is not a very good method as the wasps will always come back and rebuild their nest. However, if you have a huge nest and want to get rid of it, the winter is the best time to do so. When it is cold and freezing outside, wasps will go into a hibernation mode and will not come out of their nest. This give you the perfect opportunity to swing down their nest and squish it before they wake up. Make sure that you don’t just spray stuff on their nest, you have to completely eradicate the nest or the wasps will come back next year and live in the same one. I recommend burning the wasp nest to ensure that it is completely gone.

Wasp stings

As we mentioned earlier, wasps can sting more than once, and their sting is usually more potent than that of a honeybee. Some people are allergic to wasp stings and will react with big red bumps with extreme pain. Most insect stings can be taken care of with some ice and a few OTC drugs like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, if you are stung by a wasp or multiple wasps and start swelling up uncontrollably, consider visiting your doctor to get a professional’s advice.

Since many wasps live in colonies and large nests with many numbers, the real danger comes from multiple stings. If 10 wasps sting you 10 times, you may have a serious health problem. Getting rid of wasps is an important part of your health and the value of your house. The secondary danger comes from an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction can be a serious problem from even one sting, and someone who is highly allergic to these stings can be in danger quickly from just a few stings. Children, the elderly, and people with other diseases are also at risk from wasp stings.

Types of wasps

 Yellow Jackets


Paper Wasps

Mud Wasps

Mud daubers


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