Home remedies to get rid of wasps around your home can save you a lot of money. Yep, at just a fraction of the cost of a professional, you can win the battle on these stinging insects.
Spring in Pennsylvania marks the start of an all-out war on wasps around my home. They are they only thing standing between me and the outdoors, and I refuse to let them win.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Wasps
Stop Them In Their Tracts
Preventing the little nuisances from setting up camp around your home would be ideal.
Some things you can do to achieve this are:
- Avoid leaving sugary drinks and food outdoors. Also, make sure to clean up any drips from popsicles. 😉
- Keep wasp deterring plants like citronella and eucalyptus around your home.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and place around your home where you believe wasps could be.
- Place a few fake nests around your home. Paper wasps are territorial and likely won’t want to make a home close to another’s.
- Regularly check they areas around your house for fallen fruit and remove it.
Something else to consider is going around your home in the winter to look for cracks in wood or loose siding. If you find some, seal it up tight to prevent wasps and hornets from entering and building a nest.
Removing An Active Nest
This is where it gets scary for me, and I usually bring in my husband or, as much as I hate to say it, the professionals.
*Note, it’s important to wear protective clothing and have an escape route when dealing with stinging insects.
Home remedies to get rid of wasps nests include:
- Drowning – Mix some dish soap and water and attach it to the end of a hose. Stand back at a safe distance and spray. The idea is to saturate the nest enough that the wings of the wasps get coated with dish soap, preventing them from flying off, and they drown.
- Smoking – If it’s possible, start a fire below the nest and let it smoke for a few hours. The wasps will either suffocate or fly off. When you’re confident the wasps are either gone or dead, remove the nest and destroy it.
*PRO TIP, it’s best to wait until dusk to attempt any attack on a nest. This is when they’re most likely to be in the nest and are less active.
In the end, if all else fails or you just aren’t comfortable, hire a professional. It’s better to be out a few hundred dollars and be alive than the alternative.
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