Homemade Wasp Repellent

Keeping wasps away from your outdoor activities can be a challenge. For those who are allergic to their sting, they can be life threatening. This is a guide about Homemade Wasp Repellent.

July 8, 2015 Flag
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This spring I was no sooner enjoying the latest crop of large bamboo stalks than I noticed a menacing wasp nest under construction under my eaves nearby. Putting 2 and 2 together and doing a little research online I came to realize that I was not the only one who was enjoying the bamboo abundance!


Paper wasps were also extremely happy I wanted to help them source material for their nesting! Also online I noticed people were selling "decoy" nests consisting of a small gray bag suspended upside down from a string retailing for $10.00 plus, which purportedly would scare away wasps in a 200 foot radius (because wasps are "territorial" like gangs) . So as usual I wanted to make my own for a princely sum of $2.00!


  • 1 foam rubber 6" football from Dollar Tree ($1)
  • 1 roll duct tape, also from Dollar Tree ($1)
  • black paint or marker, had on hand
  • short piece of wire, had on hand


  1. Wrap duct tape around foam football in a spiral, layered pattern.
  2. Poke a half inch or so deep hole in base end of football foam, make this hole appear deep by blackening in with paint or the marker.
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  4. Attach a wire to the "top" of the football.
  5. Hang the whole contraption with a thumbtack, nail, etc. under your deck, eave, gutter, tree branch, or where ever you really don't want wasps to nest!
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August 13, 20150 found this helpful

What a great idea! I will definitely make this. Thank you!

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August 21, 20150 found this helpful

Did it work?

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May 29, 2012 Flag
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The cheapest hair spray you can find will freeze a bee or wasp in place, and drop it like a cannon ball. Just keep a can handy. It works for other flying insects too. Just spray on the wasp, and in seconds it will dry and the wasp will drop out of the air.

Source: Can't remember where I got it, but know it works!

By Jacketbacker from Greer, SC

June 14, 20150 found this helpful

Hair spray sounds like a good idea. Is there any danger to the flowers, plants and especially Milkweed? Milkweed is the the host plant for Monarch butterflies and cannot be treated with any pesticide or it will kill the eggs and caterpillars. Monarch are to being extinct and it is necessary to help them survive and increase their numbers.

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July 17, 20151 found this helpful

Hair spray works! My boyfriend successfully was able to massacre a huge nest right outside our door. I'm so thank for this advice! I was scared to leave the house! Not anymore! 

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Anonymous Flag
May 8, 20160 found this helpful

oh that's horrible! insects are really important. I do understand..but d we have to kill something just cos we cant handle it?

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June 28, 20160 found this helpful

That's pretty messed up, I think everyone forgets that we need these creatures and they have been here long before us.

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August 6, 20160 found this helpful

Indeed, but I have been attacked three times this week. I hate killing them too, but I will not keep getting stung going outside my house.

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August 16, 20160 found this helpful

May 29, 2012 Flag
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While browsing another of my favorite blogs, Calgary Garden Coach, I found a great, simple, and free idea to make fake wasp nests. Basically you make a nest and hang it in potential nest spots to deter the real wasps from nesting there.

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August 4, 2015 Flag
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Wasps seem to hate warm soapy water. I attached a sprayer to my hose with simple dish soap in it. I applied some several times during the day and have successfully deterred a large nest that was visible and inside my covered porch structure. I was reluctant to use a bunch of wasp spray.

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April 14, 2005 Flag
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Marigolds planted around a garden will deter deer and rabbits from munching your plants. Deer like hostas. Does anyone know of any natural insect repellent for wasps? For example: mosquitoes do not like citronella, fleas are not fund of cedar.

September 11, 20090 found this helpful

I have loads of wasps around my house this year and dare not even open my patio door as they keep flying into it. When its open i can get as many as 6 in my living room at the same time - with a baby and young daughter I just cant risk it. I'm scared to even go and peg my washing out because of them. However, I have been told that 'nippon' works a treat (used to kill ants) it is sweet and they take it back to the nest and kills them all - hooray! It is in liquid form so you just squirt some on a small plastic tray and leave it.

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October 28, 20090 found this helpful

I just read one persons suggestion to use household bleach as a means of killing wasps. I was stung 3 different times this summer while cleaning my composite deck with bleach water. I was not spraying them, just cleaning the deck. Obviously, they don't like the smell of the bleach water, but in my case, the wasps got angry enough sting. I'm not sure I would recommend this method.

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April 20, 20101 found this helpful

I have spent a fortune on Wasp and hornet spray. I had a BAD infestation. I have a garden shed with a Cupola on top. The wasps return every spring and thousands inhabit that Cupola. It is a giant nest. I have tried sealing the cracks between the roof and Cupola but they bore through. I just got a twin pack of BeeFREE. They are big fake paper wasp nests that look like Chinese Lanterns but colored and shaped like beige wasp nests. Wasps and hornets are territorial and if they see an established nest they leave, since they fight to the death. I hung the fake nests under my eves in plain sight and today, NO wasps! They left--seriously! Now I can enjoy my yard!

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April 25, 20103 found this helpful

This sounds awful, but I am so relieved to read stories of folks like me who are terrified of wasps. I thought that I was the biggest baby in the world (my husband adds to this emotion!) because I too am afraid to even step outside at times, and working in my gardens can be a nightmare! I usually work on them early in the morning or while it is raining, because then the evil little beasts are not active. I came here to see if the fake wasps nests actually work, and have read over and over that yes they do. I am willing to try anything!

I am learning to "live with" the red wasps up to a point, and the mud dabbers don't bother me as much once I found out that they do not sting. But the hornets and yellow jackets - especially the yellow jackets because you don't know where their nests are until you disturb them, and then you'd better be able to outrun them! I hate them! And even though I may end up on PETA's most wanted list, if I knew of a way to kill every yellow jacket and hornet within a 10-mile radius, you can bet I'd do it! Anyway, just wanted to say "thanks all!" because it's nice to know that I am not the only one who is frightened.

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Anonymous Flag
May 3, 20160 found this helpful

Totally hate them too and if you do ever find a way to kill em off I am all in.

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June 22, 20161 found this helpful

November 19, 2014 Flag
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I am allergic of bee stings, I see too many bees and wasps in the swimming pool. Is there any waterproof repellent that will keep them away from me.

By kumar

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November 25, 20140 found this helpful

I do not believe so. I have never heard of one. Usually bees will not bother you if you do not bother them. Wasps are more aggressive, but they are usually not a problem near ponds or swimming pools. Repellents are not effective for bees, hornets and wasps.

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March 25, 20160 found this helpful

Yes there is at my pool bees are common so when you see a bee go under water for a long time or go under water and swim away or stay still if 1 is on is on you. if you feel like your are gonna swat think of happy thoughts and laugh

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August 4, 20160 found this helpful

Wasps will build nests under the top rail and inside the wall posts of above ground pools.

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August 10, 20160 found this helpful

I have been told by many people, if you put vinegar in your pool water it will repel bees. They are attracted to open water sources, but if that source is contaminated, with say vinegar or peppermint essential oils, they will stay away from it. Make sure to keep your pool covered when it's not in use.

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August 5, 2010 Flag
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I just read about a person, Netty something, that got some BeeFree wasp nests. I need to know the name of them and where to get them.

By Nancy from Vancouver, WA

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May 21, 20130 found this helpful

You can buy these at Canadian Tire they are $8.00 for a pkg of 2

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August 1, 20160 found this helpful

I got one from the 1# store . Im going to try to keep wasps away from my humming birds will also try extract on my Humming bird feeder

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June 22, 2008 Flag
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Marigolds planted around a garden will deter deer and rabbits from munching your plants. Deer like hostas

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