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How To Kill Wasps and Bees Naturally Without Pesticide

Updated on October 4, 2012

Ways To Organically Kill Wasps and Bees

You don't need dangerous chemicals to kill wasps and bees.
You don't need dangerous chemicals to kill wasps and bees.

Kill wasps 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 live with them. If wasps are not bothering you, you should leave them alone since they kill all kinds of harmful pests in your garden. I the case of bees you should make every attempt to have a beekeeper come and take them away before exterminating them. There is a shortage of honeybees and they are vital for pollination.

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 like this 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.


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    Jan 6 years ago

    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.

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    andrebreynolds 6 years ago

    This is really awesome hub!

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    Farmer Steve 6 years ago

    Duct tape a shop vac hose to a 14' pipe and suck away.

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    Lil Musters Mum 6 years ago

    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.

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    Urban Farm Girl 7 years ago from El Cerrito, California

    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.

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    bex 7 years ago

    there a loads of them up were i am and we are swating them

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    Garrett Mickley 7 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

    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.

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    justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

    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!

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    tazzy 7 years ago

    put white vinigar in a spray bottle and spray around your house.

    this really works!

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    bearclawmedia 8 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

    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

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    Felton Hall 8 years ago

    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.

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    Amber 8 years ago

    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.