8 Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Wasps

If you’re dealing with a wasp nest on your property, keep calm and don’t proceed to extreme actions that you may regret later. I know that the first solution that comes to mind is the use of harsh chemicals. But it has negative impact on the environment. Check out the best 8 ways to solve your wasp problem immediately.

How to keep wasps under control

1. There are lots of natural ways to keep wasps under control. One of the best is simply removing their source of food and water out of your property.

2. When having a party or just eating outside, make sure to dispose any left-over sodas, wine, juices, birthday cake, etc. These are magnets for wasps and other little pests. Keep your barbecue grill clean because wasps consume meat.

3. If you find that your hummingbird feeder is drawing wasps, take it down and try attract hummingbirds and butterflies by planting bushes and flowers these pollinators like most.

4. When you encounter a nest, try to avoid destroying it, if at all possible. Cordon off the area to prevent human contact, giving the insects a wide berth to move in and out of the nest. Remember, all but the queen will die as soon as winter arrives and the nest will be abandoned.

5. If the wasp colony is very aggressive, you will need to get rid of it.

A paper wasp nest is relatively easy to deal with in several ways. These nests are usually out in the open (e.g. under eaves) and relatively small.

If the nest is inverse umbrella-shaped type and is tiny and only has a few wasps, you can either:

– Knock it down with a broom during the day when the wasps are all out
– Relocate it
– Spray it at night when the wasps sleep

Wasp spray: Mix 1:1 white vinegar and water. Add peppermint essential oil, 20 drops per ounce. Add Dawn dish soap – one tablespoon per cup. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle that can deliver a powerful amount of solution.

After dark, when the wasps are sleeping, spray the nest. This will kill them and will also leave the peppermint scent, which is a great wasp repellant.

6. Trap the wasps

Trapping the wasps is a good way to keep their number under control. You won’t get rid of all of them, but you can greatly reduce their number.

Use beer or a 50/50 mix of beer and water. Many people say it delivers good results.

You can make a sugar water and apple cider vinegar mixture to attract wasps, but be careful because bees and other beneficial insects may also be attracted to this.

Here’s how:

Mix 1:1 vinegar and water and add sugar. If you combine 2 cups of vinegar and water, add 1 cup of sugar. Mix in Dawn dish soap – one teaspoonful per cup.

Let the sugar dissolve and use this mixture as bait.

7. Another good way to keep wasp under control and eliminate some of them is using various powdered deterrents like:

Diatomaceous Earth
Talcum Powder
Boric Acid
Cinnamon

8. Wasp repelling essential oil spray

A blend of lemongrass, clove and geranium essential oils will completely repel wasps. Spray it on the areas outside the house, where wasp are more likely to build their nest.

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