While there are plenty of harsh chemicals that can kill wasps, you may be looking for a natural wasp killer to keep your summer gatherings pest- and sting-free. Natural wasp killers are cheaper, don’t contain any harmful chemicals, and you can often make them with ingredients you have on hand.
Natural Wasp Killer—Traps
The first natural wasp killer we recommend are traps. Whether you prefer to purchase them or create your own homemade version, traps are a highly effective way to kill wasps naturally.
To DIY a natural wasp killer, take a two-liter soda bottle, cut the neck off, and throw away the top. Fill the bottle about halfway with water. Spread the jam around the bottleneck, and then place it back on the bottle upside down, making sure to secure the bottleneck with tape. Then put it close to where the wasps congregate.
What makes this homemade option so effective is that the wasps enter the bottle because of the jam, but they have a hard time getting out. Eventually, they drown in the water, and you can make this wasp killer even more effective by adding some dish soap.
If you’d rather buy one, there are plenty of all-natural wasp traps, such as a glass option that uses bait to lure them into a beautiful trap that looks more like decoration. You can also find a “trap” that keeps wasps away instead of killing them. Wasps avoid the nests of other wasps, and this “trap” looks like a nest, which will maintain them up to twenty feet away.
All Natural Wasp Killer—Essential Oils
Several essential oils, such as lemongrass, geranium, and clove, make an excellent natural wasp spray when mixed. All you have to do is add a few drops of each to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray it on areas where the wasps congregate. You can even add liquid dish soap to make it more effective.
Peppermint oil is another essential oil that will keep wasps at bay. Mix equal parts peppermint essential oil with water. Add some dish soap, and spray the mixture on the wasps’ favorite areas.
Natural Wasp Killer—Vinegar
Vinegar is another fantastic natural wasp killer. In a large bowl, mix two cups of apple cider vinegar, two cups of sugar, and one cup of water. Stir all the ingredients until they are dissolved, and place it near the nest, where it will attract the wasps.
Apple cider vinegar is also an excellent natural pain killer for wasp stings. All you have to do is soak the affected area in a bowl of this ingredient for fifteen minutes. You can also press a cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to the sting.
Got some extra chili peppers? Boil two cups of water, and add the spicy peppers. Remove the water and peppers from the stove, let it cool, and then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Your chili concoction can be used on wasp nests and on areas they frequent.