Get Rid of A Wasp Nest Without Toxins

Amazing how quickly wasps can build a nest. We found a dessert plate size nest built over the course of a week. While normally our motto is "Live and Let Live" this nest posed a threat to my children's play space. One actually flew up to a child who was no where near the nest and stung her on the forehead. They must go! Did you know you don't need Raid or toxic chemicals to get rid of a wasp nest?! Kill wasps, hornets with this super simple homemade natural wasp killer spray. 

Soapy water, a sprayer and a little bravery are all it takes! 

These suggestions come recommended from Facebook friends. When posing the problem to the WOMEN, they suggested waiting until even when the wasps were calm and dealing with it. The MEN, on the other hand, suggested swinging at it with a bat or spraying it full stream with the hose. I am going for the calmer and likely safer method of extinguishing the problem. 

Did you know wasps are also attracted by certain colors, especially white and yellow, so you can also prevent wasps from bothering you personally by not wearing yellow or white colors. With that in mind I am wearing my dark ninja clothes for this job. I haven't been stung since I was a kid, but the hives and reaction the resulted isn't something I want to repeat.

Tested Strategy: Get Rid of the Wasp’s Nest


  1. Wait until they're asleep at night 
  2. Soak the nest with a combo of 1/2 water/1/2 vinegar and about a 1/4 cup dawn with a large squirt bottle. *

    You can use a regular spray bottle, or get a bottle attachment for your garden hose. Using your garden hose will allow the mixture to penetrate the hornets next effectively, while keeping you a safe distance away.

  3. Once it's soaked, knock it into a bag and close tightly. 

BONUS RECIPE: Homemade Garlic-Mint Garden Insect Spray {that really works!!}


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Why does it work? 

The soapy water works because soap breaks the water tension that insects normally rely on as a barrier to be water resistant. Instead of water normally beading off their bodies as it hits the surface, it sticks and clogs up their spiracles (breathing tubes). Soapy water ultimately drowns bees, wasps, hornets, fleas, roaches and ants.

Next time I will be more proactive. How to Avoid Wasps.

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