We’ve covered homemade wasp sting remedies. There are also many homemade recipes for bee, wasp and hornet sprays. But do any of them actually work? Let’s take a look at seven common solutions used for wasp and bee extermination.
- Soap SpraysOne of the most common home remedies to get rid of wasps, bees and hornets, relies on a mix of detergent and water, sometimes with lemon, hot peppers or peppermint added. Using a spray bottle or garden hose attachment, you’re supposed to douse bees and wasps to kill them. While this method may kill bees and wasps, it’s probably not the best method to attack an entire nest. You risk angering the colony, and therefore getting stung.
- Hair Sprays
This is one of the sillier wasp killer sprays recommended as a DIY wasp or bee extermination treatment. The range and power of a hair spray aerosol can makes this an extremely poor method of bee, wasp or hornet nest removal.
- BleachBleach is a variation on soap and water wasp and hornet spray solutions. Again, this may get rid of wasps or bees at close range in small numbers, but it’s not recommended to kill an entire nest.
- GasolineSome people recommend pouring gasoline on nest sites to get rid of wasps. We can’t emphasize enough how dangerous this method is. Gasoline is extremely flammable, making it dangerous enough without attempting to pour it on an active bee or wasp nest. Add in the risk of getting stung by a nest full of insects and it’s safe to say there are much better, safer ways of treating a wasp nest.
- PeppersIt’s known that wasps dislike strong spices, particularly peppers with some heat, such as cayenne. Does this make them a good tool for deterring wasps? To a degree; sprinkling these spices around your yard may make it less attractive to passing wasps, but it probably won’t chase away an existing nest.
- PlantsSome plants are thought to be natural wasp deterrents. Among them are wormwood, citronella, eucalyptus and mint. As for their effectiveness? Reports vary. If you’re concerned about wasps settling in your yard, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try. At worst you’ve gained some variety in your garden!
In the end, the methods that you feel comfortable using to deter wasps are up to you. Some bee and wasp killer sprays and treatments are better than others, however it’s important to remember none are foolproof. If you’d prefer to rely on the expertise of a technician trained in wasp and bee extermination, call Magical Pest Control at (905) 738-6676. We’re happy to do a free consultation and assess how to approach bee, wasp or hornet nest removal in your home or yard.