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6 Homemade Bee and Wasp Killing Sprays: do any of them work?

get rid of wasps nests with DIY wasp killer spray

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.

19 thoughts on “6 Homemade Bee and Wasp Killing Sprays: do any of them work?

    • Hi Lou,
      We recommend using tea candles of some sort, if possible. The smoke keeps bees/wasps away.
      Hope this helps!
      Magical Pest

  1. Its amazing, looking at the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you provide. I’ll bookmark your blog and visit it weekly for your new posts.

    • So the “specialized person” says home remedies are the best option. Not clear on the whole marketing thing, I guess…

  2. Why does your website promote the killing of bees? Kill the wasps and hornets, but call a bee keeper to remove your bees before you ever kill them!

    • Hi Kirk,

      We don’t necessarily recommend killing bees. We recommend calling a pest control company to help you figure out how to handle bee, wasp and hornet issues, rather than putting yourself at risk of getting stung.

      Magical Pest

    • Uh-because they are 1. Presenting a problem, and 2. It is often costly to get a beekeeper to remove them from a structure.

  3. I have two humming bird feeders on my back porch and there’s a lot of yellow jackets and wasps. I’m looking for a homemade spray killer that’s effective so there’s not so many hanging out on my porch. Any advice will help.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Unfortunately the sweetened water in a hummingbird feeder is a prime target for wasps and yellow jackets that are highly attracted to sugary substances. If the wasps are becoming a problem, we recommend taking down the bird feeders. Without the attraction of the sweetened water, it’s less likely they’ll hang around. If that’s not something that you’re interested in doing, you can try sprinkling mint extract (peppermint or spearmint work) or cayenne pepper around the feeders, as wasps dislike the scent, however the effectiveness of this solution varies based on the wasps.

      Hope this helps!

      - Magical Pest

  4. The best bee killer I have ever used is gasoline. It kills them instantly, It is dangerous if you are an idiot, otherwise there is no better bee killer. I had a really bad nest under my front bay window, my neighbor came over took about 1/4 small coffee can of gasoline and splashed them with it. WHammo! Killed every damn one of them ON CONTACT. Of course you have to be careful with it, it is very volitile.

  5. A wasp/hornet somehow got into my room so I left and came back a couple hours later to kill it but it disappeared if it shows up can I kill it by spraying it with bleach

  6. Have a huge HoneyBee nest out on front porch . Husband sealed the nest spot . Question is can i make a homemade Spray that will kill the bees in midair ? Tried solution of Hot water n 1/4 cup Dish soap did not work . Help need spray now . Chemichal sprays did nothing either .

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