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How to Get Rid of Wasps

When trying to enjoy your time outdoors, the last thing you want to worry about is a wasp infestation. Sweet drinks, treats, and your barbecue spread are all attractive to these stinging pests. We’ve gathered information to help you get rid of wasps. 

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How to Get Rid of Wasps

Getting rid of wasps requires both preventative measures and a treatment plan. Here are a few tips to help keep wasps out of your home and yard.

Seal Openings

Caulking exterior of house

Wasps sneak into homes through cracks and gaps. Check your house for holes, especially near doors and windows. Be sure to seal any openings you find. Repair or replace torn window and door screens. If you don't have screens on your doors and windows, don't leave them open. Wasps will fly right through the opening.

Remove Attractants

Backyard barbeque

Making your space as uninviting as possible is key to keeping wasps away. Some things attract stinging insects. Wasps love to share your drinks and food including proteins and sweets. When eating outside, keep your food and drinks covered. Clean up crumbs, spills, and remove trash. You’ll want to check to make sure your trash bins seal tightly. 

Keep Your Yard Clean

Trimming plant

Paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets build nests throughout yards. Keeping your lawn and bushes trimmed can make it easier for you to locate nests. If you have fruit trees, you’ll want to pick up fallen fruit. These stinging insects will want to take a bite out of it.

Plant Bug-Repelling Plants


Some plant fragrances can help repel stinging insects. Mint, thyme, lemongrass, geraniums, and clove trees are known to help keep wasps away. Try adding a few of these plants to your yard or garden to deter these pests.  

Locate the Nest

Yellow jacket nest in ground

To eliminate a wasp infestation, you’ll need to locate the nest. Paper wasps construct nests in shrubs, trees, attics, on windowsills, and on doorframes. Yellow jacket nests are often found underground. Look for holes in the ground, especially near the base of trees. Hornets prefer to place nests in sheltered and shady areas including trees, shrubs, roofs, and attics. Avoid approaching the nest until you’re ready to treat it.

Use a Plant-Based Insecticide Spray

Wasp & Hornet Killer

Using a plant-based insecticide spray can provide protection in two ways. Our Wasp & Hornet Killer not only kills stinging insects on contact, it also provides residual repellency. When treating a nest, aim for the nest entrance and be sure to fully coat the nest. Try to make contact with any wasps that are near it. The residual repellency will help to deter wasps from returning to the nest.

Tips for Treating a Wasp Nest

Paper wasp nest

When treating a nest, it’s important to take precautions to remain safe while also eliminating the problem. Check out a few tips to help you effectively treat a wasp nest.  

  • Cover Up: Covering your skin can help to prevent wasps from stinging. Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, and closed-toe shoes.
  • Keep Your Distance: Our Wasp & Hornet Killer is designed to allow you to keep your distance from the nest. The foaming jet spray reaches up to 18 feet, which means you don’t have to get close to the nest.
  • Spray at the Right Time: You don’t want to spray the nest when pests are buzzing around. Wasps are less active at dusk, so this is the preferred time to treat it.

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