Pest Control 101: How to Keep the Wasps and Bees Away From Your Home

Bees, wasps, and other stinging insects are necessary for the ecosystem to function properly, but that does not mean you necessarily want them near your house! Especially if anyone in your family is allergic to bee and wasp stings, it is very important that you exercise DIY pest control to keep them away from you and your loved ones. Here are five products and techniques you can use:

Essential Oils

There are several essential oils you can use to safely and effectively repel wasps. Peppermint oil on its own has been shown to keep wasps and bees at bay, or you can use a combination of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils as a natural pest control method. To utilize these oils properly, mix several drops with water and a little dish soap, add to a spray bottle, and coat the outside areas of your home where wasps are likely to build nests (under eaves, porch roofs, and other ledges and crevices.

Wasp Traps

Setting out a wasp trap is an age-oldĀ method that is inexpensive and effective. These traps work by luring in the wasps/bees with a tempting substance, like sugar water, and preventing them from making their way back out. You can make a trap yourself by cutting the top off a two-liter bottle and inserting it inside the bottom, or you can purchase some online or from your local home and garden retailer.

Soap and Water

If you do not want to spend any more money on pest control than you already do, you can effectively repel wasps with two substances you already have in your home: soap and water! This classic combination clogs wasps’ breathing pores, which causes them to perish almost instantaneously. Add two tablespoons of dish soap to a spray bottle filled with water and spray at/around any nests you see. (Be careful to not get stung, though!)

Patch up Cracks

Even worse than having wasps or bees in your yard is discovering them inside your home! The best way to keep these pests out of your home is to prevent them from coming in in the first place. Do this by sealing tiny cracks in your home with a waterproof caulk and patching up holes in window screens (or replacing them). This pest control method is most effective during the winter or the beginning of spring before wasps become active.

Dispose of Waste Properly

If you already have a wasp or bee problem, having easily accessible food waste around can exacerbate it. Be sure to never dispose of food waste in your yard, and tightly seal your outdoor waste bins. Additionally, if you have a compost pile that is causing pest control problems, you might want to consider composting indoors.