How to Deter Wasps

Written by kimbry parker
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Nothing can ruin a summer picnic quicker than a swarm of wasps flying around. Although a wasp sting is typically not harmful, the pain is often times excruciating. If someone who is allergic to wasps is stung, the result may be tragic. Wasps can be deterred by combining various products and taking certain measures to make the area less appealing. You will once again enjoy being out in your yard by keeping wasps away.

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Things you need

  • Empty spray bottle
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • Dish soap
  • 1 tbsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tbsp baby shampoo
  • Aerosol hairspray
  • Brown paper lunch bag
  • Rubber band

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  1. 1

    Seal the lid on any dustbins or other containers containing food or trash. Be sure that the lids fit securely so that the wasps cannot get inside. If you are eating food outdoors, cover it up and clean up waste immediately.

  2. 2

    Fill an empty spray bottle with water. Add 2 tbsp of cayenne pepper and a few drops of dish soap.

  3. 3

    Allow the water and pepper to sit in the bottle for 24 hours. Shake the bottle well to combine the ingredients. Spray the pepper spray around the yard and outside of the home to deter wasps.

  4. 4

    Make an alternative wasp repellent by combining 1 tbsp of peppermint extract, 1 tbsp of baby shampoo and warm water into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle and spray around the home and garden. Spraying aerosol hairspray is also another option to deter wasps.

  5. 5

    Create your own nest. Wasps are territorial and will avoid areas where other wasps nest. Open up a brown paper lunch bag. Bunch up the neck of the bag and secure it with a rubber band. Hang the bag in an area where you want to repel wasps. This will trick the wasps into thinking there is already a nest nearby, keeping them away.

Tips and warnings

  • Never swat or swing at wasps. This will only make them angry, provoking them to sting.

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