How to Deter Wasps Naturally and Humanely

Learn how to deter wasps naturally and humanely. These methods are also safe to use if you have children or pets!

Summertime brings with it a lot of wonderful things, like backyard BBQ’s and warm sunny weather. Unfortunately, unwanted pests, like wasps, can interrupt these events. But, as we’ve discussed at length here at Simply Bee, the use of pesticides is incredibly harmful to surrounding environments, animals, and humans. This article provides an overview natural, humane steps you can take to deter wasps from joining the BBQ.

Make sure to complete any of these steps either at night or during a rainy/cloudy day – wasps are most active and aggressive during warm sunny weather. It is also a good idea to protect yourself – stand back and wear protective clothing.

These methods are humane, natural, and only target hornets/wasps/yellow jackets, not bees.

  1. 1 Cent Solution: Fill a sandwich bag with water and put a penny in it. Experts disagree on why the contraption work (some say it is because the penny may look like a predator, while others maintain the reflection of the water is what deters the wasps) but they agree that it works!
  1. Set up a fake nest: These can be purchased or done yourself. To build your own wasp nest, simply crumple up a paper bag and wrap it with twine. Hang this up in specific areas you want to prevent wasps. Another way is to use an old wool ski sock and fill it with paper. Wasps are very territorial, and won’t set up nests near other nests. Already made wasp nests can be purchased on online retailers like Amazon.
  1. Include plants in your garden that deter wasps: This will act as both a natural wasp deterrent and a beautiful addition to any home garden or plant bed. The plants below both deter wasps and are safe for pets, children, and surrounding plants:
  • Mint

If you don’t have children or pets:

  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus
  1. Prevention: Wasps are drawn to sugary substances and food like meat. Make sure food is not left out and garbage cans are sealed.

Note: it is important to first confirm you have encountered a wasp nest, not a bee nest! If you have found a bee nest, call a local beekeeper to remove the hive, rather than an exterminator. Calling a beekeeper is more humane, they usually are happy to adopt the bees, and it will most likely save you the money.

It is also best to avoid using sweet bait, as this can also attract other animals like birds and bees.

Do you have any effective ways to deter wasps naturally and humanely? Share below!


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