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How to kill wasps with water and soap

Updated on November 13, 2014

It's summer time ...

... and so is the time for wasps to built their nests. Preferably around your house and eaves. If you are allergic to wasps you do not want to come close or disturb a yellow jacket hive or wasp nest. Below find very easy steps to get rid of wasp hornet nests. Please don't kill honey bees! Have them removed and relocated. Advertise in Craigslist, some people are looking for bee hives and will remove them for free for you!

Read on to see how you can remove wasps around your house for free or little. We will show you how to kill wasps naturally without expensive pesticides.

IMPORTANT !!!!!

If your yellow jacket hive or wasp nest is out of control, please call a professional before putting yourself in harms way! Don't kill wasps if they are not bothering you. Wasps a natural pest control and take care of garden pests. They are very protective of there nest and usually leave you alone if you stay away 5-10 feet.

And please don't kill honey bees! Have them removed and relocated. Advertise in Craigslist, some people are looking for bee hives and will remove them free for you!

buy dish soap to get rid of wasps
buy dish soap to get rid of wasps

STEP 1

Buy dish soap, any dish soap will do. I prefer Dawn!

Here is a link for coupons for Dawn.

get one quart of water to mix wish dish washing soap to get rid of wasp hornet nest
get one quart of water to mix wish dish washing soap to get rid of wasp hornet nest

STEP 2

Get a large cup of water, one quart should be enough.

mix water with dish washing soap to make solution that will kill wasps
mix water with dish washing soap to make solution that will kill wasps

STEP 3

Mix about four tablespoons of dish washing soap with the water. This will be the solution to remove the wasps. Mix it up.

use sprayer or water gun for soap and water solution to kill wasps
use sprayer or water gun for soap and water solution to kill wasps

STEP 4

Find a container for the solution. Sprayers come in all forms shapes and colors. You can find them at Home Depot or Lowes.

My favorite however is my son's water soaker :-) Great aim!

aim and soak wasp nest with soap and water solution to kill them they will stop breathing and die
aim and soak wasp nest with soap and water solution to kill them they will stop breathing and die

STEP 5

Make sure you are in a safe distance from the nest, about 10 to 20 feet. Aim, and soak the nest thoroughly. Make sure you can get away quickly. The solution will enter the wasps breath way and take their oxygen away. They are not able to breath anymore, drop, and will die. Wait a while and make sure they are dead and then knock the empty nest down, before remaining wasps, which were out on a field trip, return. Voila!

Get your soap here!

Not exclusive to washing dishes!

Get your Super Water Soakers here!

Great Place to start shopping for your isoaker!

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Check out Garden Sprayers in the garden center!

Here are some live streams to show you how it's done! - yellow jacket hive

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    1wisewoman 4 years ago

    Tried this method and it worked. Simple, effective, and chemical free...thanks for sharing.

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    it works!!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    People peoples, the soap and water method works perfect, my brother saw i had a problem and said bro do you have some soap and a big cup, i was like yeah? he loaded the cup with soap and water and splash they were gone. Just today i have to knock down a shed connected to a house and some wasp were there so i used soap and water(splash) and they died too- IT WORKS!!!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I just pour Dawn into the garden hose and place a nice high pressure nozzle.. Boom! byebye wasps.. its those ground ones that are hard to takeout! :)

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I don't have access to the nest, it's under my front steps. Do you have any other ideas?

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Today, we used the soapy water on a small nest outside our front door. Seems to have worked.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    How do you get rid of wasps and yellow jackets in your swimming pool. I have about 20-25 at a time in mine. No nests on my house.

    thank you,

    Penny

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I just moved to a property that is in the country, there are several house close by, but more then that I have a neighbor that we share a fence line with, that has huge blackberry bushes. I have a HUGE wasp problem!!! they are coming into my house some how on a daily basis, not to mention you can"t really use the yard during the day.. Needless to say I kill the ones that enter my home. My question is...... How do I get rid of or slow down the ones outside effectively? I have remove the nest on my property ( a on going job ), but must be in fly zone. any help would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks qt

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    Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

    I didn't know that you could use soap to kill wasps. I do know dish soap can kill stink bugs, though. Angel Blessings**

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    onesourcetravel 5 years ago

    @anonymous: let me know if it worked, thank you

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    There are five gigantic wasp nests nestled securely in bushes outside of my workplace. I will be trying this tonight after the sun sets.

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    onesourcetravel 6 years ago

    @anonymous: thank you so much for your feedback, I'm happy to hear that the soap worked

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    I work at a Motel and we had a big propblem with wasps, we hired a pest control guy and it did the trick, then we saw the bill, next we went and bought a spray wasp killer, the kind that shoots 12 to 15 feet, it work but for some reason the wasps that didn't die moved to another area and built another nest, so then I went online and found your site and learned about the dish soap, It worked better than the rest and I needed to wash dishes anyway, no more wasps and no dirty dishes, thank you so much.

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    mockingbird999 6 years ago

    Good to know. I get tons on wasps in my garage every summer.

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    onesourcetravel 7 years ago

    @anonymous: same here, I bought the 4-pack cans and did not accomplish a thing. The soap took care of it and was cheaper too. Thank you for your comment, I am glad to hear this worked for you and wife and dog are safe now.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    The detergent and water works great. I went through 10 cans of wasp spray and only killed 11 wasp. I used a bottle of Dawn in a garden sprayer and killed about 200 big nasty red ones that were giving my wife and dog heck.