Best Wasp Repellents

By Craig Basset, Expert Reviewer for Repellent Guide

published: May 05, 2018 | updated: Jul 08, 2018

Wasp repellent is used by people to prevent or at least discourage the nesting of wasps in certain areas such as cavities in wood, crevices or other small spaces and cracks around a building structure.

Certain chemically-based wasp repellents can be harmful to the health and can be absorbed through the skin or other areas and may not be environmentally friendly. This can be especially harmful to children, pets and household plants. However, chemical-based wasp repellents are often the most effective way to prevent nesting by wasps. Be sure to follow the instructions for use and storage carefully to prevent any accidents.

Organic and natural methods can be effectively used as a wasp repellent, however it is best to make sure that they completely get rid of wasps or kill them altogether as it is believed that killing a wasp may release pheromones that may actually attract other wasps. The internet has a number of ideas and tips for making wasp repellent that is economically friendly and can be made easily at home.

There are some repellents that are popular for their humane approach, such as sugar water and traps. Most wasps are attracted to sugary based items such as soda. One way to attract wasps is to fill a one-way trap with sugar water or soda or another sugar-based liquid that wasps will want to explore. Once they are in the trap, they can’t get out.

From there, the wasps can be released in another area; however the most effective way to discourage or prevent wasps from nesting under eaves or other small areas is to completely destroy the nest. Traps have become so popular as a wasp repellent that they are available in a variety of colors and shapes, as opposed to the traditional plain, glass jar.

Some types of wasp repellent can be safely used near the skin or sprayed on clothing and gear to prevent wasps from plaguing people while spending time outdoors, however be sure to check the labels to see what the proper uses are. It may also be possible to use certain chemical sprays designed for other bugs as a wasp repellent.

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