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Homemade Wasp Repellent

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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 page about Homemade Wasp Repellent.


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By 6 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.


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, 20081 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, 20102 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, 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.

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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, 20173 found this helpful

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.

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June 22, 20082 found this helpful

Here are some natural wasp repellent ideas.

Orange and Cloves

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 Nest

There is 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

Use Your Bad Breath

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. Then leave them around the area.

It's possibly more of a temporary distraction than permanent deterrent, and not the most attractive, but the wasps should then go down the spout for the sugar and then won't be able to get out.

By Jess

Cucumber Slices

At picnics or BBQs, slice cucumber slices and lay them around. It keeps bees away. I 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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September 4, 20111 found this helpful

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.

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