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Wasp Repellent

Wasp Repellent

Options for Natural Wasp Repellent

More and more, people are looking for natural products or solutions for getting rid of insects, such as natural wasp repellent.  The benefit is that the insects are discouraged from coming around or killed, and the garden or flowerbed area with plants is unaffected. 

Traditional treatments are made with a high concentration of chemicals that are destructive to plants, but also dangerous to humans and animals.

If you have a problem with wasps, you might first consider a natural or organic wasp repellent.  We wanted to provide you with some of the options that people use most.

Wasp on a tree stem
  • Bleach – To kill unwanted wasps, you can use regular laundry bleach.  Simply put some in a bottle and spray on the nest or flying insects.
  • Starting Fluid – Another method for killing wasps is to spray starting fluid for cars directly onto the nest or insects.
  • Baby Powder – Now, a great wasp repellent that is used by humans is baby powder.  Rather than applying this to the insect, the powder would be sprinkled onto a person’s hair and skin.  This is ideal for outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, or backpacking.  This product will also keep bees, flying ants, and mosquitoes away.
  • Dryer Sheets – If you love spending time eating, playing, or relaxing outdoors, you can place dryer sheets in vases set around the area where you will be, which works great as a natural bee and wasp repellent.
  • High-Powered Water Spray – Another interesting wasp repellent is a toy water gun.  You would need the high-powered version but when filled with water and sprayed directly at the insects, they will go away.
  • Orange with Cloves – When spending time outdoors, place several oranges with clove stuck in them.  For some reason, wasps do not like the smell combination.
  • Wormwood – This plant works well as a natural wasp repellent.  For this to work, simply break off a sprig and pin it to your clothing or wear it in your hair and wasps will never come around.
  • Garlic, Onion, and Pepper – A mixture of these ingredients sprayed onto a wasp’s nest will send them on their way, never to return.
  • Cucumbers – To keep wasps away from your outdoor picnic or barbecue, place several slices of fresh cucumber around the perimeter.  They naturally go to the cucumbers instead of your guests.
  • Artificial Nests – You will find several brands of artificial wasp’s nests on the market.  These products look like the real deal, they are inexpensive, and they work.  As a wasp repellent, the fake nest is hung about 50 feet away from the house, keeping wasps away.
  • Neem Oil – Another natural wasp repellent is Neem Oil.  Made from tree sap, this product is safe to humans and pets but when diluted with water and placed in a spray bottle, it makes a great weapon that discourages, not kills.
  • Rosemary Oil – Spraying rosemary oil onto the nest and flying wasps works great.

A few other tips that go along with using a wasp repellent is that if you have a problem with these insects, avoid wearing dark or bright colored clothes, which attract bugs and wasps.  Additionally, never step on injured or dead wasps in that this causes an odor to be emitted, which attracts only more insects.

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