Homemade Wasp Repellent

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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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.


By The Flying Deacon (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful
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I've heard that dryer softening sheets (ie. Bounce) will repel wasps. My sister in law stuffs them into small vases at picnics and it seems to work.

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By Monty (Guest Post)
October 27, 20080 found this helpful
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The suggestion to breathe on a bee to repel it, is a bad idea. Discovery had a documentary on killer bees, where they were attempting to determine what it was that caused them to go swarm and attack.


Low and behold, it was the human breath that triggered the nasty assault.

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By Jerry in CA. (Guest Post)
November 21, 20083 found this helpful
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I found that plain baby powder works better than any bug spray and stays around for months or until it rains. Harmless to humans, great deterrent to buggy bugs of all forms. Ants, fleas, termites, all bugs, will not cross over it, if placed on the floor, near door entries, ant holes, fences, walls, invisible to the eye, but no more bugs, spiders, bees, wasps. Put Powder on your kids hair & skin when camping or at the beach and yourself, in the car, everywhere, it really works. So does garlic and onion plants in your yard, keeps all bug life away, even mosquitoes.

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April 20, 20106 found this helpful
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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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November 19, 2014

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


August 10, 20160 found this helpful
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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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June 7, 2017

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 page about how to make a duct tape wasp nest decoy.

Duct Tape Wasp Nest Decoy -
 looking up at decoy nest

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June 22, 2008

Here are some more natrual wasp repellent ideas.

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September 4, 2011

This is a page 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.

Wasp inside a plastic cup.

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