My backyard has two nests of these little critters:
Yes, wasps. Those are nasty little buggers, and right now they have setup shop just underneath the roof edge of my home, outside the entrance of my kitchen. As I’ve been spending so much time outside, many afternoons see me doing this:
I truly enjoy being out in the garden, so I can’t let those yellow jackets keep chasing me indoors! So this involves taking matters into my own hands. But everyone has an opinion on how to remove them. My neighbor suggested trying the traditional bug spray, and my buddy recommended the aerosol that turns into a chemical-laden goo surrounding the entire wasps nest, and turning into a hardened foam cloud that slowly poisons yourself, children or pets in the process.
While hunting for something a little less expensive and noxious, I found a non-toxic solution that involves essential oil, dish soap, a spray bottle and water. The dish soap is optional. I found a cute little orange bottle from the $.99 Cent Store, peppermint oil from my local health food store, and the dish soap and water always in regular supply. In comparison to the other $8-15 dollar toxic sprays, my very inexpensive $1.50 solution is the way to go.
And if you make a solution without the soap, you can spray it directly on your skin to keep them away, and smell delicious.
Non-Toxic Wasp Spray/Repellant
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of peppermint oil
- 1 teaspoon of dish soap (optional)
Combine all of these ingredients together into your spray bottle. Wait until the very early morning hours, or late at night when it looks like they’re sleeping, then shake and spray!
You might need to apply the solution twice, but they will fall to the ground and die within seconds. Talk about a natural remedy!
Do you have a solution that you use for combatting wasps or other types of bugs? Tell us about it in the comment section, and be sure to also check out this natural bug repellent recipe.