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Homemade Wasp Repellent

Category Bees & Wasps
Wasps will aggressively defend their nest if disturbed so it's important to deter wasps from nesting near your home or where children play. There are several natural wasp repellents you can use without the need for pesticides. This page features homemade ways to discourage wasps from nesting in unwanted places.


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By 5 found this helpful
August 4, 2015

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 have animals and plants and was reluctant to use a bunch of wasp spray.

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By 1 found this helpful
April 14, 2005

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.

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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, 20104 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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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

Peppermint oil

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November 19, 20140 found this helpful

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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By 1 found this helpful
August 5, 2010

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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April 10, 20150 found this helpful

I want to be able to use dish soap, water, vinegar, or baking soda to spray on nests or places that wasps want to make nests to repel them so thay won't come back.

By Sandy

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June 7, 20170 found this helpful

Duct Tape Wasp Nest Decoy -
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Wasps are known to be territorial and will stay away from your dwelling, if they think there is already a nest nearby. This is a guide about how to make a duct tape wasp nest decoy.


September 4, 20110 found this helpful

Wasp inside a plastic cup.

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This is a guide about homemade wasp traps. Buying wasp traps and the attractant at the store can be quite expensive. Making your own traps is easily done with items you may have around the house.



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June 22, 20080 found this helpful

Here are some more natrual wasp repellent ideas.


Wasp Repellents

I was just at a website for people with wasp or bee sting allergy. The recommendations were to use an orange with cloves stuck in it (at picnics or around the house I suppose), wear white clothing, no bright colors with dark backgrounds and no cologne. If a wasp lands on you don't panic, gently blow on it until it flies away.

By Pat


There is a plant called wormwood, wear a sprig behind your ear and wasps won't come anywhere near you.

By Susan

Paper Bag

There is an native trick that works great for repelling yellow jackets. Get a small paper lunch bag and fill it with a crumpled piece of paper so it keeps it's shape. Tie a string to it and hang it from a corner of your house or tree where you want to work. Wasps are territorial and visual in nature, they mistake the paper bag for another nest and will stay away.

By Dave

Blow on Bees

If a bee is chasing or flying around you, just blow on it. They don't like the scent of human breath. They will fly away.

By agerardino

Bee Trap

One Year when Camping, my family and I took it upon our selves to cut pop bottles in half, put lemonade in the bottom, or any other sweet formula. Turn the top of the Bottle upside down, and secure with tape etc, and then leave them around the area, Possibly more of a temporary distraction than permenant deterant, and not the most attractive but the wasps should then go down the spout for the sugar and then wont be able to get out and eventually will drown. Other Methods have been said above such as onions and Garlic, another deterant was known as vinegar.

By Jess.

Cucumber Slices

At picnics or BBQs, slice cucumber slices and lay them around. It keeps bees away. Learned this at the maple syrup booth at our state fair, no bees around. It was really amazing.

By Kailes

Sugar Water

I don't know of any wasp repellent; however, I've been told that sugar water will attract wasps. If you put out a container of sugar water, maybe the wasps would go to it and drown.

By Pat

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March 5, 20170 found this helpful

This is much better than the sugar solution in a bottle to attract wasps because the solution also attracts and kills bees which we don't want.

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