Wasps. You either love ’em or you hate ’em. While I know we need them for our gardens, in our part of the country, they love to nest on our house, our porch, the trees the fence post, you name it. When you have little boys with sticks, you can only imagine what that does to a wasp nest…and a little boy who runs… (This happened to my oldest who inadvertently found one in a tree once.) You need a natural wasp control method that works.
My natural bug zapper spray, and even the bug-off oil shown below have never solved the wasp problem we tend to have in warmer weather. It solves most other bug problems, but not the wasps. During the spring, we get quite a few paper wasps, mud daubers, black wasps, and the red wasps (which I haven’t tried this mix on).
We found a mud dauber building a nest inside one of our air conditioner units the other day, so I knew it was time. My little special needs son was beginning an obsession of spraying wasps on his own, so I wanted some on hand. He can go through a whole bottle pretty quick, “helping” me get rid of wasps.
Of course, this is nontoxic and safe, even for little boys who like to smash dead wasps…
You can use essential oils as a natural wasp control method.
I made a mixture of about 10 drops each (or more, depending on the strength of your oil), mixed in about 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. You can also add 1-2 TBL of dish soap to your spray bottle for a little more stick when you spray.
You can try these essential oils and their combinations
- Tea tree oil
- Lavender and eucalyptus
- Eucalyptus and citronella
- Peppermint oil
Or, you can use plants
In our area wormwood grows wild, but you can purchase chopped wormwood and sprinkle in specific areas that you are attempting to prevent wasp nests. Wormwood is not only a goat food;-) but also a natural wasp prevention. I pull them from my garden area but let them grow wild around the house and of course, around the goat pen.
Geraniums are another natural wasp repellant and can be planted in pots around the house to help ward off the wasps from around your living area.
Photo: Geraniums, pelargonium
What natural methods do you use to control wasps?