Use Hairspray For Wasps

We had a wasp flying around our house last night, it scared me, and no matter what we couldn't get close enough to swat it with the fly swatter to kill it. This morning, it got close enough to us that my husband asked for my hairspray. My hair spray? Yes!


He sprayed it a few times, it acted real sluggish and tried to fly around more. He must have sprayed it 5 or 6 times, and then it fell, yes fell, down on the chair and he hit it. It was not able to move much at all, thus making it easy to kill it. Hair spray will slow it down, somehow, and then you can wallop the bugger. Kill the thing. Just thought i would share this. If you hate wasps and bees as much as i do, this might help you also.

By Pati Mishler from Tribune, KS

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August 11, 20101 found this helpful
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Louel was right ~ it coats their wings/body & stiffens them so they can't fly. When they're "frozen", you can kill the little suckers and rest easy. I've been using inexpensive strong-old aerosol hairspray (from the dollar store) to immobilize all flying insects (flies, bees, moths, mosquitoes, etc.) for years.


It's much cheaper & I fell a lot safer using that than those nasty (toxic?) bug sprays.

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December 30, 20180 found this helpful

Isn't hairspray toxic , too ?

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August 9, 20100 found this helpful

I have sprayed bugs that got into the house with the Foaming Bubbles bathroom cleaner. It's a thick white foam. Immobilizes the bug and you can just pick it up with a paper towel and toss.

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August 10, 20102 found this helpful

The hairspray coats the bug and makes it impossible for them to fly.

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August 10, 20101 found this helpful

Thank you for this tip, I've certainly had my fill of them the last few days! :)

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August 10, 20101 found this helpful

I think just about any spray would work, but then I'm not an expert. I just hate wasps!

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October 3, 20160 found this helpful

The cheap stuff works the best -- Aquanet. I wouldn't use my expensive stuff on wasps!

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

I hate wasps too, more than anything, and they are a kill on sight with me. Using the spray to Imobilise them makes it fun to get them.

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February 24, 20171 found this helpful

I had a problem with wasps last summer, coming inside all the time, having to wait for them to land before been quick to kill them.


Then i read about how hairspray works, by stopping them flying.
It works well, i got many like this, and it was satisfying killing them this way.
Quick spray, stops it flying, then i get creative. Get some scissors and sort it out lol. Make sure you cut its stinger off first though just to be safe lol

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January 30, 20190 found this helpful

You are a bit sick and blood thirsty. Maybe should see a therapist. If you're joking ok. . . but if you're really cutting up insects with scissors, you should see someone. Seriously I'm not trying to be a jerk, but that is disturbing.

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June 6, 20180 found this helpful

Please, please don't kill any more bees! Bees are an endangered species and are good for the planet (and for us). I can fully understand spraying / killing wasps and flies as they carry disease, but please NOT bees :(

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January 6, 20190 found this helpful

I thought I was the only one who did this. I had a spider the size of a fist and I drowned it on $1.


Dollar store . It was a spider that was reported dangerous. Came in by food packing. WOW so I use it whenever I don't know if it is alive or dead. Easy to clean.

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