How To Deter Wasps Naturally

It is perfectly possible to deter wasps from buildings, including your home, and to do so naturally and without using Deet or highly toxic chemicals. 

In general, I do not like the notion of killing things, and especially given that wasps are valuable pollinators, and are also excellent as a natural predator of crop eating pests (and given that wasps are going through a hard time too!), personally I think it is better in the first instance, to deter wasps from building a nest in the first place. 

Let’s put it this way, if you have to call out assistance, you will be charged, and toxic chemicals may be used, and you’ll have to hope the nest is properly removed (otherwise more may turn up later or next year).

Personally, I leave wasps alone (more about that in a moment), but if you’d like to deter wasps from building a nest, here are my main tips:

1.       Purchase a 'Waspinator', because they are inexpensive, and they work!

Waspinators look a bit like a paper bag (see left).  You could try making one yourself, but if you don’t have the time, they are not very expensive to buy and should last a while.

Waspinators can be purchase from OR

Waspinators work by tricking wasps into thinking there is already a colony of wasps in situ. Because wasps are territorial, Waspinators deter wasps from building a nest in a natural way.

In order for them to be effective, you should hang them in place from your roof, out buildings, or anywhere that might be a potential nesting place, in advance of the ‘wasp season’. 

You can also use them as a temporary measure around  any area where children may eat or play, such as the picnic table, climbing frame or paddling pool.

2. Use A Deet-free, Eco-friendly Insect Repellent

There are a few Deet-free, eco-friendly insect & wasp repellents available on the market.  You could try a repellent containing picardin around the home (but, I must say, personally I would not recommend it in place of a Waspinator). 

I do recommend you try deet free repellent for the skin if you need something handy to have when you are out and about.

Again, you can get suitable brands from or

Other ways to deter wasps naturally:

  • If you are afraid of wasps, avoid taking fruity or fizzy drinks outside, or ensure they are enclosed and with a straw.
  • Avoid bare feet in areas where you are observing lots of wasps.
  • Be sure not to seat yourself close to refuse bins – they tend to attract wasps.
  • Whilst out on picnics, don’t leave food uncovered, or you may attract wasps.


What do I do?

Personally, I leave the wasps alone, because they are fantastic pollinators of my Autumn raspberries.  I often observe them, pushing their hairy thorax into the flowers, and I find they are too busy getting on with the job of collecting nectar to be bothering me.


We had a very busy nest of wasps on our allotment 2 years ago, and a few years prior, we had a wasp nest around our compost heap.  My strategy was to ignore them and let them get on with their job. 

However, I am also able to remain calm around wasps, and have never, ever been stung (indeed, I even rescue wasps!).  Remaining calm is something that not everyone can manage, and I suppose even this would not guarantee that you would not get stung.


Anyway, I hope this helps a little, but you can find further links to information about wasps as follows:



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