Have you ever been stung by a wasp? Ouch, it hurts, really hurts and worse, does so for hours. Plus, they create an annoying buzz. So if you are scared of wasps you probably wandering how to get rid of wasps.
Most likely you plan to squish them all or squat them, right? Wrong, if there’s one thing you shouldn’t be doing is squishing them.
Wondering why? We’ll tell you that and all the tips and tricks you need to get rid of wasps in the garden. Let’s dig straight into it.
How to get rid of wasps in the garden
1. Never leave food in the garden
Do you love cakes, jams, or juices? Just like you even wasps have a sweet tooth.
So if you have decided to have your evening tea/coffee or breakfast in your garden but forgot to pick up the leftovers, you just invited trouble. In case you are short on time, the least you should do is cover it.
Another thing you want to avoid is having bins in the garden but if you do not have an alternative, make sure you empty them every day and give them a deep clean once in 4-5 days.
2. Grow smelly plants
If you have read our articles on companion planting you’d know we suggest growing smelly plants like radishes, garlic, or even herbs like mint, thyme, etc. And that is precisely for the reason that they keep out pests and insects like wasps.
In case you do not have a dedicated planting area in your garden, no problem; growing these smelly plants in pots does the trick as well.
3. Bright flowers are a big NO
Flowers add vibrancy and contrast to the garden which makes it eye-catching but if you have wasp trouble then it is best to avoid flowers like marigolds and dahlia.
But if you love them too much, then we’d suggest you go with companion planting to keep the wasps out.
4. Use peppermint spray
Peppermint spray is one of the most effective ways to keep wasps away. You can easily get this on Amazon or any garden related site. All you have to do is place some cotton or cloth balls around the plants with a few drops of the spray. You can also use this method in other places around the house like the kitchen, the bedroom, etc.
5. Bait them
We already told you wasps love sweet things and baiting them with sweet things keeps them off your plants. All you have to do is put the sweet in some secluded corner of the garden and voila, the wasps will be drawn to it within minutes allowing you to enjoy your dinner or breakfast in peace. The sweets can range from overripe bananas, orange juice to even sugar water.
6. Light up some citronella candles
You might do this for the wasps, but it also keeps other insects and bugs at bay and works in a way similar to companion planting since it relies on the smell created by the candles. These candles are readily available, both online and in the supermarkets.
Keep in mind this candle has a slightly stronger smell and if you do not like that then throw in some tea light candles around the table to balance it out.
7. Do not leave lights on
If you have ever left lights on in your garden or bedroom, you know how much they attract insects. So if you do not need a light in your garden, make sure you aren’t leaving it on.
8. Have sugar water traps around the garden
One of my favorite solutions is placing sugar water traps around the garden and in the house to keep the wasps busy. While the smell attracts the wasp inside it isn’t able to leave, in turn dying after a few hours.
But if you do not want to kill them, you can simply take the bottle and let it out. Oh, but the wasp will be pretty mad so make sure you do not stick around for too long.
I prefer colored open bottles for these as they add to the decor as well.
9. Use soap water
Believe it or not, there’s a wasp killer right in your kitchen. Yup, dishwashers are another effective tool and readily available to anyone and everyone (works way better than squishing). It kills the wasp because it isn’t able to breathe as the soapy water clogs the spores.
This works amazingly well with nests too. All you have to do splash some soapy water on the nest which you can easily do with the help of a hose pipe.
10. Call in the experts
If none of the above methods seem to work for you and you think the number of wasps is increasing day by day, it would be best to call in some professional help. This would be our go-to method if you have big or multiple wasp nests around the house.
These professionals have the right chemicals that will instantly kill off any wasp without hurting your plants and you. Some of them even rely on smoking to remove the wasps from their nest.
Something you shouldn’t be trying out on your own as it requires you to be near a ton of angry wasps.
How to Get Rid of Wasps – FAQ:
Should I squish wasps?
Squishing isn’t exactly our most recommended option. Not only does it leave a mess you have to clean, but wasps release a certain smell that tells other wasps to attack (not the kind of situation you want to be in, right?).
I don’t care about wasps, do I still need to kill them?
Wasps can sting and thus, you should stay away from them, but they are a boon to your garden since they are excellent pollinators.
Few things to NOT DO when dealing with wasps
- Never try to hit the nest or break it unless you have protective gear, trust me, the result won’t be pretty.
- Avoid using flammable liquids for ground nests as these aren’t effective and only end up polluting the groundwater which is detrimental to the plants.
- Your vacuum isn’t the savior you thought it could be so DO NOT
- Boiling or cold water is just as ineffective.
Having wasps in your garden is both a blessing and a curse. Yes, they help with pollination but at the same time, one sting can leave most of us running all over the house.
With the above-mentioned remedies, you have all the tips and tricks you need to get rid of wasps in your garden and your home.
If you have been using some different methods and have been successful in driving wasps away, do let us know about them in the comments section below.
In case you have questions about wasps, our experts are always at your service so feel free to shoot them anytime.