Ways To Organically Kill Wasps and Bees
Kill Wasps, Hornets And Bees Naturally
Don't Kill Wasps Or Bees If You Don't Have To
First, before killing wasps and bees you should determine if you can simply just live with them and let them coexist with you. If wasps are not bothering you, you should leave them alone since they are an important predator insect that controls all kinds of harmful pests in your yard and garden. I the case of bees especially you should make every attempt to have a beekeeper come and take them away before doing anything as drastic as exterminating them. There is a shortage of honeybees and they are vital for pollination. Without honeybees many of the food crops that we depend on, from almonds to zucchini, would not exist.
You Don't Have To Use Toxic Chemicals To Kill Wasps
You don't have to use dangerous wasp and hornet killers to get rid of these pests. Wasps and hornets usually do us no harm and in fact kill many of the bugs that damage our gardens. Having a wasp nest near a place where people walk can be a problem since wasps are usually protective of their nest within about 7 feet and more active on hot days.
One solution that works quite well and costs very little is to mix about 6 tablespoons of dish soap into a plastic mop bucket about a quarter full. Dawn and Joy soap both work very well for killing wasps and bees.
Put on long pants and a long sleeve shirt and coat, hat and glasses and approach the nest from a safe distance. Slosh the water directly up onto the nest and make a quick exit.
Don't try this if you cannot get away quickly or get a direct shot at the nest.
Also, don't try this on a huge colony since you won't be able to hit all the wasps or hornets and you will be attacked by the rest.
You can safely and naturally kill wasps and hornets with Eco-friendly methods such as these and save money as well. The soapy water residue washed off easily and doesn't damage exterior house paint like some wasp sprays.
Don't try this if you are allergic to wasps, bees or hornets. Hire an exterminator to come and take care of the wasp or bee problem if you are allergic or feel that you cannot do the job without getting stung.
Another way to prevent wasps from taking up residence around you home is to take preventative measures. Look for any opening along your home's exterior, including the soffit, which is the flat part of your roof overhang that often contains vent holes. Plug any vent holes that are large enough for insects to enter with screen and this will help prevent wasps and bees from making nests in that part of your home. If you do see wasps beginning to make the first stages of paper nests, and if there are only a couple of insects present, you can try washing the nest down before they get any further along using a garden sprayer. Make sure the sprayer can project a stream of water at least 15' or more and prepare to retreat quickly after spraying the nest in case there are any other wasps around. If in doubt about your own ability to get rid of wasps and bees, especially if you are allergic to them, then you should not attempt any of these measures and instead call a professional exterminator.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Jan on August 31, 2011:
For wasps get the FALSE NEST (looks like a wasp nest) and hang it in the area that you have wasps. Wasps are territorial and will not invade the area. We put one up a few years ago and we have do not have any wasps flying around our covered porch. Don't kill pollinators unless absolutely necessary!! Please, we need them. Our friends hire bees to pollinate their crops because of the shortage. When the bees/wasps go, so will we.
andrebreynolds on August 23, 2011:
This is really awesome hub!
Farmer Steve on August 08, 2011:
Duct tape a shop vac hose to a 14' pipe and suck away.
Lil Musters Mum on July 27, 2011:
Thanks for the ideas. We leave the honey bees alone but the wasps keep building new nests over our front walkway and being that we have a business, that can be quite dangerous to our customers. There is usually a bee or two up there at a time but today there were probably 8-10. If we went in or our of our office or front door they would try and get in and my hubby is allergic to them so they must go. Wish we didn't have to but it's not safe.
Urban Farm Girl from El Cerrito, California on August 30, 2010:
Some of us in San Francisco Bay Area are trying hard to save the bee colonies from collapsing. We go out of our ways to get bees from people who have bee problems. We also captured a couple swarms earlier this year. Most of us are just students learning about bees and beekeeping, and most of us don't wear protective gears when we go check on our bee boxes. Please don't kill honey bees unless it's accidental. There are probably beekeeping clubs in your area who would love to take your bee trouble from you. I just posted the story of how we captured a swarm of bees.
bex on August 15, 2010:
there a loads of them up were i am and we are swating them
Garrett Mickley from Jupiter, Florida on August 04, 2010:
This is an excellent hub. I try to live with the wasps around my home, but sometimes they build nests around my front door and that makes me uncomfortable.
Here in South Florida, we have a ridiculous amount of wasps.
Bees don't bother us much. Just wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, etc.
justmesuzanne from Texas on June 03, 2010:
If you put the solution in a spray bottle that delivers a strong spray (or use a sprayer hose attachment filled with dish soap) and do it at night (with good lighting) it would be safer!
tazzy on April 02, 2010:
put white vinigar in a spray bottle and spray around your house.
this really works!
bearclawmedia from Mining Planet Earth on December 10, 2009:
Hey doodle, nice hub but you have a long way to go regards your understanding of bees, wasps and pesticides. I hope this blog does well for you but you have just inspired me to write about gardening. Thanks mate! Nice pickie I play the piano accordion. Almost 50 years now. Best of luck
Felton Hall on September 02, 2009:
My dad and I have been fighting wasp nests that are made frequently under the eaves of both of our houses. My dad passed away in 2006 and I have continued the fight on my mom's home for him, as well as my own. A bowl or bucket of soapy water will disable the wasps and eventually kill them. They fall from the nests attempting to fly but are unable to do so. I usually stomp on them to eliminate suffering but it does stop them. You can stop the whole nest in a matter of seconds. Or you could buy cans of wasp killer to spray at them and get a few at a time as well as a few stings at a time. Go with the soapy water method...dishsoap that is.
Amber on July 16, 2009:
I have a tree in front of the house I recently moved into that seems to be the home to many different species of wasps. The tree is really close to my house and driveway and pretty much can't be avoided so yes, it does pose a problem. I haven't seen a nest, it just seems that they are there for the blooms and leaves. There are literally tons though. Will this method work or what should I do. I want to do something to the tree that makes them not want to come back anymore. And when I say blooms on the tree, they aren't flowers they look more like the shells of green beans or soy beans but bigger. Thanks for your help.