DIY natural wasp repellents

DIY natural wasp repellents

These are recipes meant to repel swaps.


Remember wasps feed off portion, so keep all food with proteins indoors.

Don’t wear bright colors, they may think you are a flower and be attracted to you..

Don’t wear strong perfumes. Yellow jackets like sweet smells.

Wasps and bees don’t like strong-smelling herbs like mint.

Hang false nests: It will deter them as wasps are territorial and will not come near another nest.


Here are truly four effective bee repellents.


1. Peppermint  mixture:

Combine equal parts of peppermint essential oil  and water in a dish.

Rub a very small amount on your hair, arms, wrists and ankles or socks.

Do not to apply undiluted active ingredients to your skin. Do a skin test for irritation before applying.

2. Spicy spray:

Boil 2 or 3 cups of water

Add 2 chopped spicy chili peppers.

Boil for 2 minutes and turn off heat.

Let the mixture set and cool for 30 minutes.

Strain in a spray bottle.

Spray the spicy solution at bees to repel them and if they wander in your house.

3. Soapy peppermint oil spray:

Mix 1 cup unscented baby shampoo and 1o drops of peppermint essential oil.

Fill a spray bottle with the mixture and spray on areas and surfaces where you wish to repel bees and wasps.

4. Cinnamon powder:

Spreading cinnamon powder near beehives will make the bees move their colony somewhere else. Do this daily for at least 14 days for long-term results.

Note:  Plant MINT, as wasps do not like mint plants. Planting mint around your house will create a protective field.

All these remedies work to repel wasps too.

We recommend Mountain Rose Herbs as a reputable source for essential oils and the cinnamon.

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  1. Teri Mcgarr says:

    We used cinnamon around our 2 beehives to keep ants away, it didnt affect our bee hives in the slightest. we dont have any ants. But we have had problems with wasps all summer, cinnamon doesnt bother them at all.

  2. I tried peppermint sprays using several different “recipes” I found on-line. Even increased the peppermint potency. Didn’t work. The wasps came back. Discouraging because I don’t want to get lethal with them. So far still respecting their space but it is limiting the use of my patio.

  3. I found this researching ways to keep bees and wasps away from my house since they’re only looking for places to nest. I also found that cinnamon is a good way to repel ants away from beekeepers hive, and does not bother the bees. Works for ants; not for bees.

  4. I used peppermint essential oil mixed with water. Sprayed at a couple of wasps. Both promptly buzzed off.

  5. Huw Davies says:

    I’m sat here looking at a bee flying in and out of my peppermint and applemint plants! Doesn’t seem deterred at all. I was searching to see if bees were attracted to mint so am a bit surprised to find the opposite!

  6. David Young says:

    I don’t know about mint or the combination of mint and lemon grass shown above but myself and other beekeepers use lemon grass oil to attract a swarm of bees into a hive trap. They love it! Do a quick search on any of the honeybee forums.

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