How NOT to Get Rid of Wasps (and 7 Ways to Do It Safely)

Have you run into the viral trend making a big splash on TikTok that involves getting rid of wasps at home using gasoline? Our friends over at  ServiceMaster Restore confirm that is extremely unsafe, if not really stupid!


When asked to explain further, Pete Duncanson, Sr. Director of Training & Development at ServiceMaster Restore responded:

“We strongly discourage this particular practice of getting rid of wasps near and around your home as it is extremely unsafe. It’s crucial to be aware that gas fumes from any source can pose a very serious fire hazard.

“While the gasoline hack [making all kinds of noise on TikTok] may seem easy, there are several simple and safe methods to remove wasps, many of which do not involve the use of pesticides or other dangerous, flammable chemicals not meant for the home.”

Even though wasps are one of nature’s pest controls, it can be frustrating when they find a way inside your home or garage, or persistently bother you outdoors. If you don’t like using a swatter and want to keep wasps away from your yard, you’ll be glad to know that there are simple methods you can try. In fact, you may already have some of the items needed in your home or garage. 

Here are seven ways to eliminate wasps and prevent them from coming near your home:

7 Ways to Get Rid of Wasps Safely


1. Trap the wasps

You can purchase wasp traps or make your own. Commercial traps usually contain ingredients that lure wasps into the trap where they eventually die.  


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2. Fake wasp nests

To discourage wasps from building a nest in your yard, you can hang a fake nest. It’s true! Wasps are less likely to establish a nest if they believe that another colony has already occupied the area. You can easily find a variety of fake nests available for purchase online, like the 4 Pack Wasp Nest Decoy Hanging Wasp Deterrent.


3. Soapy water

A mixture of dish soap and water can be an effective and natural way to eliminate wasp nests. Mix a few tablespoons of dish soap with water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture directly onto the nest. The soap suffocates the wasps and causes the nest to break down.


4. Vacuum cleaner

For smaller nests, you can use a powerful vacuum cleaner with a long attachment to suck up the wasps. Ensure that the vacuum has a removable bag or use a bagless vacuum to prevent the wasps from escaping. Afterward, seal the bag or dispose of the contents carefully.


5. Essential oils

Peppermint, lemongrass, and citronella are scents that wasps strongly dislike. If you happen to have any of these essential oils at home, you can mix them with water in a spray bottle and apply the solution to areas where wasps tend to gather. You will need to reapply the oil once it dissipates or if it rains.


6. Good ole’ bug spray

Wasp pesticides are available at stores like Walmart, Home Depot, or Lowe’s. Follow the label instructions, making sure to spray the nest during the evening or early morning when the wasps are less active. Wear protective clothing before engaging in wasps nests removal to reduce the chance of being stung, and try to cover most of your skin.


7. Professional help

If you’re unsure or uncomfortable handling the wasp nest yourself, it’s best to contact a professional pest control service. They have the necessary expertise and equipment to remove the nest safely.


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  1. Gail says:

    We had yellow jackets going into the soffit by the garage door. Also, under the front porch behind the trellis. We called an exterminator to get rid of them. In doing some research on how to deter the yellow jackets from coming back, I found they do not like the smell of spearmint. So we planted some spearmint right by the garage door and also in the flower bed in front of the porch. So far this has worked to keep them away from the house. They also do not like the smell of the herb thyme so we also planted some thyme. The rabbits also do not like the smell of either so we do not have to worry about them eating those plants. Plus I can go out and pick some spearmint or thyme when I need them for a recipe.

  2. Susan Peterman says:

    Just thought I would share another way I got rid of wasps in my yard. We had two wasp nests in the ground. In the late afternoon or early evening after the wasps were in their nests, I hurriedly put an upended plastic bucket over the nests/holes in the ground and left them in place for awhile. Voila, I have not had wasps since!


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