When you have to dodge dive-bombing hornets or wasps every time you leave your house, it’s likely time to do something about these nasty critters that are sure to sting someone in your family eventually. Since hornets and wasps love to make nests along your wooden fences, under your porch, and along the roof edge of your house, you have to battle their nests as you see them, and check often. If you don’t want to use harmful chemicals to rid yourself of their nests, try these homemade wasp and hornet killers that are sure to put your whole family at ease and rid you of these stinging pests.
The best time to get rid of wasp and hornets nests is at night, when it’s colder out and there aren’t any flying around. This lessens your chances of getting stung (perhaps numerous times) and allows you to get close to the snoozing buggers without harming yourself or sending out a swarm. You just need a flashlight and your homemade spray and come nightfall you are good to go for ample eradication.
You can use the detergent you use every day for your clothing to kill wasps and hornet nests. Simply take straight detergent and fill a spray bottle with warm water, adding about 6 tablespoons of detergent. Shake well and spray the nests into oblivion.
Adding peppermint oil to the spray bottle works great with the detergent killer to extra kill the nests. Or you can add peppermint oil to unscented baby shampoo (6 tablespoons to a bottle of warm water, and add a teaspoon of peppermint oil) to stop wasp and hornet nests in their tracks naturally.
You can also combine one part rubbing alcohol to 2 parts water to give the bugs a real what-for.
My grandma used to blast the insects during the day with her garden hose and stomp on their bodies when they hit the ground. She’d then blast down the nest and stomp on it and spray bleach on the nest and on the area where the nest was, so the returning wasps would be deterred. She was one tough cookie who never got stung, but I’d think you’d have to be pretty brave to go this route. However, it does work.
She also swore wasps hated garlic, so she’d leave garlic cloves on her back porch to keep them from coming. She still got nests in her backyard, but not on her back porch, which was good enough for her, and I am assuming since they never built nests where she had garlic, it must work.
Hope these repellents and natural killing remedies for the stinging buggers works for you!