I wish I’d known last summer how to repel wasps naturally. Instead, I wasted a miserable Saturday morning with my swollen arm on ice, and another three weeks itching miserably. Turns out, I’m a bit allergic to wasps and had no idea. Since then, I’ve spent considerable time researching how to keep wasps away, because that’s just not an experience I ever want to repeat.
How To Repel Wasps
Hide the sweet stuff: Wasps enjoy sweet-tasting foods and liquids, particularly later in the season. To deter wasps from interrupting your picnic, keep Jello salads, juice and soda cans covered. Consider relocating hummingbird attractants and feeders away from seating areas, too.
Remove protein sources: Wasps don’t live on sweets alone and will also seek out protein sources, so keep your burgers and hot dogs covered during your picnic, too. Make a habit of cleaning your BBQ grill and emptying its grease trap, if applicable. Pet foods are also protein-intensive, so keep yours well away from seating areas and consider an automatic pet feeder that will dispense just the right amount of food for your pet to gobble in one sitting while keeping the rest well-covered for later dispensing.
Don’t forget these sources: Garbage cans and compost tumblers often hold a mixture of sweet and protein-heavy foods, so be sure they’re closed tightly. In the case of compost piles, make a point to locate yours as far away from your patio and deck as possible. If you have fruit trees in your lawn or garden, make a habit of picking up and discarding any fallen fruits, too.
Scare them away: Wasps are territorial and don’t like encroaching on others’ turf. Knowing this, you can keep them away by hanging “decoy” nests, or make your own from well-wadded pieces of brown paper bags. These look so much like old wasp nests that newcomers won’t even think of sticking around! Hand them under eaves, particularly near doorways and windows, deck railings, and even underneath your patio or deck table.
Trick and trap them: Even with food sources covered and nest-building deterred, there will always be a few brave wasps bent on crashing your outdoor party. To keep them from pestering you and your guests, set out a few wasp traps (but not too close to your seating area). You can buy attractive wasp traps that look like decorations, or make your own. Either way, be sure to keep the bait fresh so the trap is effective.
and for a not-so-natural solution that works…
Spray with WD-40: Okay, this isn’t a natural solution but it’s one that works. Have you ever gotten a good whiff of WD-40, that all-purpose household and machine lubricant? Stinky stuff. So stinky that wasps don’t like it and that’s why it makes a great wasp repellant. Just before heading outdoors to dine al fresco spray some WD-40 under eaves and deck railings, beneath or on window sills, and around the base of your patio or deck to create a no-fly zone. Like all aerosols, this stuff is flammable as it comes out of the can so don’t spray it near a lit grill or candles. It also contains petroleum distillate, so avoid spraying it near pet food and bedding.
Now that you know how to repel wasps naturally, head outside to enjoy these dog days of summer free of those stinging pests!
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