Among household pests, wasps are some of the most feared. Aside from the painful stings they can deliver, wasps also build nests that can damage your home's siding, exposed wood and more.
While most people turn to dangerous chemicals to get rid of wasps, there are natural alternatives which allow you to use inexpensive household supplies that you already have on hand and are just as effective as conventional pesticides.
If you're currently dealing with wasps around your home and want to avoid using toxic chemicals, try these organic wasp control tips that actually work:
Many commercially-available wasp control products already include mint oil due to its ability to ward off wasps. Virtually all species of wasp are repelled by the herb’s strong odor, which is used by mixing a teaspoon of mint oil with some water and administered via spray bottle.
Using sweeping sprays, saturate the wasp nests and the surrounding area (don’t forget to wear protecting clothing and gears). You can also grow mint in your yard to enhance the scent consistently.
Beef liver is used more as a form of bait to lure in the wasps in order to kill them. You can use this to kill wasps by hanging a piece of meat near where wasps are regularly present. Underneath it, place a bowl of water and dish soap. When wasps come to gorge themselves on the liver, it will cause them to drop into the bowl and drown them in the water and soap.
This organic wasp control technique will need to be monitored carefully so that others pests like fleas and mosquitoes don’t get attracted. It may be best to use it as a one-time method for getting rid of a few wasps rather than an entire nest.
Another great organic method for ridding your property of wasps is to use sugar syrup inside of a soda bottle. Cut off the top of a 2-liter soda bottle and invert the top piece so that it forms a funnel into the bottle. Pour sugar syrup into the bottle and set it outside or hang it from a tree. Once wasps smell the sweetness of the syrup, they'll enter the bottle for a taste, but will be unable to escape. Additionally, if a wasp spends too much time in the syrup, it will become stuck and die.
Don’t Forget – Wasps Sting!
Whether you use organic or non-organic methods to control wasps, always remember to exercise caution when dealing with the stinging pests. Wasps, like bees, can band together and swarm anything that threatens their nest.
If you disturb an active nest, you may end up getting stung hundreds of time. This poses an even greater danger if you’re allergic to wasp stings, in which can lead to swelling, shock, or death.
If you’re faced with an abnormally large wasp population around your home or simply wary of risking wasp stings, seek out a professional pest exterminator to manage your wasp control safely.