Wasps are the most uninvited pests in our backyards. Aside from using chemical wasp spray killers that are only helpful if you make a direct hit or are able to find their hidden hives, there are additional chemical-free steps you can take a deter the pests from entering your space. Read on to learn how to use natural repellent against wasps.
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Things you need
- Paper bag
- Rubber band
- Ziploc bags
Create the illusion of their natural enemies--hornets. If a wasp flies into an area and sees a hornet's nest it will vacate the area. They realise a full on battle will ensue if they compete. Make your own hornet's nest, take any brown paper bag and blow it up. Tie off one end with a rubber band and hang in a conspicuous area in your yard.
Create the illusion of a natural trap.--spider webs. No bug will willingly fly into the spider's web trap but it's very difficult to have a spider spin one off where you need it to get rid of the wasps. Use the wasp's eye design to your advantage. They have compound eyes just like flies. To create the illusion, take a zip lock bag and fill it with water. Put a penny in the water and hang in your yard. The compound eyes will create the web like appearance and the penny will look like the spider.
Attract them to their death. Wasps are glutinous creatures and sugar and bright colours are their weakness. This is why your plants, your perfumes, sun tan lotions and colourful clothes draw them to your yard. Set a trap. Take a piece of watermelon and skewer it with a stick. Suspend the watermelon over a bucket to water. Wasps will gorge themselves on the watermelon and will continue to feed and then fall into the water to their demise.
Tips and warnings
- Continue using these natural techniques until the wasp population has dramatically decreased. It may take two to three weeks so stay diligent.
- Wasps are aggressive and sting multiple times. Do not set any of these traps while they are within sight during the day. Most wasps settle in at dusk so that is the best time to put them in their high traffic areas.