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How to Get Rid of Wasps

Wasps are tiny winged flying insects with a sting at their.  The most common known types of wasps our hornets and yellow jackets. There are fossils providing evidence that these species existed nearly 65 million years ago. If these insects did not get extinct when other living being could, means they are much more resilient and something really to fear. These wasps live in nests made of wood and governed by a queen.

The Harm caused by wasps

Wasps may carry diseases if they come in contact with contaminated food or dirt. Furthermore, its sting causes pain and inflammation. In many cases, for people who are allergic, it may go cause anaphylactic shock, breathing problems, vomiting and abdominal pain. Serious medical attention is required. Particularly during summer they may wander into the kitchen to have something sweet. Again, on any slight provocation, they can exhibit aggressive behavior. They cause damage to wooden material as they need them to build their nests.


  1. Landscaping: wasps steer clear away from the Garden

Removing more flowers from the garden and planting more of thyme, eucalyptus, spear-mint, citronella and wormwood in areas and patches where wasps are more likely to form colonies will ensure that they don’t wander around your garden.

  1. A hint of mint will keep the hose wasp free

The wasps dislike the scent of mint in any form. Placing a bowl of mint oil or cotton soaked in mint oil being placed in every area the wasp could fly around helps keep them at bay. Additionally, crevices, ledges, roofs, and any area made of wood will also serve as a natural repellant.

  1. Bottle full of water and sugar

Mix water and sugar together in a bowl. Cut a 2 liter bottle from top and pour the solution and place the bottle upside down with the closed cap on. The sugar will attract the wasp into the bottle once they enter they can’t figure a way out. Hence, they drown in the sugary solution.

  1. Soap and water will clean out the nests

Use two tablespoons of soap and water and pour them in a spray bottle. Make sure you wear all the protective gear while attempting to spray the nest. Make sure to directly spray into the nest holes, it tends to block their breathing spores, subsequently killing the wasps. If the nests are much larger, proper suits and a hose must be used. Do keep some medicinal treatment prepared for emergency and keep your distance from the nest while using the hose.

  1. Wisp of smoke

A grill can be ignited underneath the nest and the smoke will cause the wasps to come rushing out of their home. Lighting up a fire beneath the nest or even putting a fire on the nest directly will cause suffocation. The wasps will instantly empty their nest and fly away leaving the nest empty. Once the nest has been vacated, it can be destroyed. Make sure all protective clothing attire is worn and the water-soap spray is kept ready in case of emergency.

  1. Make the wasp sniff some powder

Material like Diatomaceous Earth (DE), boric acid, talcum powder, cinnamon powder acts as fairy dust to make the wasp disappear. All you have to do is sprinkle and spread it around the infested areas; it will repel or kill them.  Food grade DE for the garden and boric acid will eliminate them. Talcum and cinnamon powder will serve as repellant. Keep spreading them around until you stop seeing the wasp flying around. Once they disappear seal the nest with peppermint oil and cinnamon and talcum powder.

  1. The nest illusion

The wasps are territorial in nature they do not like building colonies where was have already build their nests. Creating a fake nest using: plastic bags, string and brown paper bag. Mould the plastic bottle inside the brown paper bag into a shape of a nest and hang it with the string.  

  1. Boiling water

This is not a very compassionate way of exterminating the wasps. However, the wasps can be very fatal for people with allergies. It is advised to use this method at night time pour the boiling water into the nest and eradicate them.

  1. WD-40

Spray a good amount of WD-40. The fumes of the chemical serve as an insecticide. Its odor is sufficient enough to suffocate the wasp. After spraying in the nest, it should be burned provided the flame can be kept under control. Perhaps keeping a hose and fire extinguisher nearby might be useful.

  1. Clean them out

During summer the wasps come out of hibernation they are weak and less in number. At such a time it is easier to use a vacuum to such wasp in or just sweep them out.

Knock the Wasps Down with Professions DIY Products

While the remedies above may work to control the wasps around your yard, for a more solid solutions, we recommend resorting to professional DIY wasp control products which we have here at Solutions Pest & Lawn. We have found what works best in getting rid of wasps is using a combination of dusts and insecticide sprays.

Our first recommendation is a contact insecticide spray that takes the wasp out on contact, there are very low cost wasp sprays that reach upwards of 15 ft and will drop them to the grown on contact that way you do not have to have your sprinting legs warmed up and ready. Some of the sprays we carry which work really well are called Wasp Freeze Aerosol or Wasp-X. You can also use the same sprays to knock down wasp nests.

The next thing to think about is the nest itself. These nests are usually found outside the home in corners of the exterior, a wall void, soffit, or opening. If they are coming in and out of an area you will want to apply a dust into the opening, Delta Dust will work great in high moisture areas and does not clump like some of the other insecticide dust. Just a few puffs will leave a residual insecticide in the void that will make any returning wasp succumb to the dusts killing power.

Prevention and Sanitation

It is always advisable to use more organic methods to eradicate the insect. Always make sure to prevent the problem before it starts and make sure you have medicine or injection id wasp sting does cause you anaphylactic shocks. Use wasp repellant for home and your skin and having a swat around the hose would come in handy. Keep your outdoor and indoor hose as clean as possible nothing contaminated should be kept expose in air. Garbage bins should remain closed.


A wasp flying around in your nest or even setting up a nest on your homes exterior structure can make you not want to go outside for fear of being stung. By following the tips we’ve outlined in this article and arming yourself with fast killing wasp control products, you can safely get rid of your wasp problem and make it safe to walk outside your home again.


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