Get Rid Of Wasps: Traps & Tips

If you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, you know they live up to their reputation of being aggressive and having painful stings. When you regularly spot them in your yard, chances are there’s a nest on your property or nearby. These are not pests that you want hanging about, especially if you have children running around. The best way to get rid of them is to find the nest and destroy it, but if you can’t find it or if it’s not on your property, you can use traps to tempt them away from high-traffic areas to another part of the yard to kill them.

Jam & JarNew for 2012: Here’s a quick DIY I saw on my local news (tv) using an empty jar, orange juice and a bit of jam (you’ll find the soda pop bottle versions I published previously underneath):

  • Punch a hole into the jar lid that’s about as wide in diameter as the base of your pinky finger (you want the wasps to crawl in but not be able to fly out easily).
  • Fill jar about 1/2 full with orange juice (can also use orange soda or some sweet & fruity smelling liquid).
  • Smear raspberry or strawberry jam underneath the lid.
  • Seal jar with the lid then place it at the back of the yard or some place away from foot traffic.
  • The wasps will be attracted to the sweet smelling juice and jam and will crawl into the jar and eventually fall into the juice and drown.
  • Wait until it’s dark outside before emptying the jar of its contents and refilling with a fresh batch of juice and jam.

Here are directions for two easy homemade wasp traps, they require the same materials and and have the same concept, but two different designs (one’s ideal for hanging, the other for setting on the ground). I used graphics that show soda inside the bottles, but you need to use empty pop bottles (ignore the soda levels shown in the images).

Ground Version

First Method

  • Take an empty two liter pop bottle or any plastic bottle that has a consistently even width along the sides.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut off the top of the soda bottle just below where the start of the bottle sides are at even width.
  • Fill the bottom of the bottle with bait about 2″ deep (ideas below).
  • Insert the top of the bottle upside down into the bottom of the bottle (remove the bottle cap first). The pieces should fit together nice and snug, but use duct tape along the top edge to secure the pieces together if you need to.
  • Set the trap out wherever you’ve seen them (in flower beds, close to a hedge, near the bird bath, etc.).
  • The wasps will fly into the trap to get at the bait, but have trouble finding their way out. They’ll eventually drown in the liquid bait.
  • This setup will also work for killing fruit flies.

Hanging Version

This is well suited for hanging in tree branches or along the eaves of a house (away from entrances since this will attract live wasps). They will fly up into the trap from underneath, but have trouble finding their escape by flying down and out.


  • Take an empty two liter pop bottle, tighten on the cap then cut off the bottom few inches of the bottle.
  • Taking a second two liter pop bottle, remove the bottle cap and cut off the top part of the bottle right underneath where the width is the same as the rest of the bottle.
  • For the bigger bottle piece, puncture two small holes, one on either side of the bottle (at the top) and push through each end of a piece of heavy string or yarn, knotting at each end inside the bottle (this will need to be long enough to hang the bottle and strong enough to hold the weight).
  • Seal the holes where the string runs through with duct tape to prevent them crawling out and escaping.
  • Place the small piece up inside the bigger piece, securing together with duct tape around the edges.
  • Fill with bait about 2″ deep and hang.


  • Do not fill it so full of bait that there isn’t plenty of air space between the bottom (or top) of the pop bottle opening, you want them to be able to fly in with no trouble.
  • Empty and refill the traps regularly, wasps won’t be too tempted if they’re filled with drowned critters. You can submerge the trap in a bucket of water for about 1/2 hour to make sure they’re all dead before cleaning and refilling.

Bait Ideas

Just like ants, wasps can be looking for two different types of food sources depending on the colony’s needs at the time: protein or sugar. Set out two different traps to see which bait tempts them best, then continue to fill with that type of bait. Or you could do a sugar & protein bait together (for example: mixing juice with a piece of meat).

  • Jam dissolved in water (sweet enough to attract the wasps but diluted enough to drown them)
  • Fruit juice
  • Beer
  • Sweet Soda Pop
  • Wine
  • Maple syrup diluted with water
  • Molasses diluted with water
  • If you need protein baits: Try adding a piece of raw hamburger or a chunk of canned tuna, canned dog or cat food to a trap with fruit juices or even plain water (deep enough to drown the wasps but the piece of meat bait needs to be sticking out above the liquid surface to effectively attract them).

Prevention Tips

  • Keep garbage cans and recycle bins covered.
  • Don’t leave food or beverages sitting outside, keep beverages covered with a lid. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen.
  • If you have water sources in your yard (bird baths, ponds), the wasps could be hanging around for the water (they get thirsty too).
  • If you have fruit trees, keep the fruit picked and remove any that have fallen on the ground.

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What Readers Are Saying: 197 Comments
  1. Chad says:

    This does not work if you have a log house(which i do). Pretty much nothing but a good ol can of wasp spray and/or a flyswatter is your only hope!!

    • mobang says:



      We live in a log house, and starting in early spring, put out four or five wasp traps in strategic spots, keep ’em clean, and replace the baited cotton ball on schedule; works like a charm.

    • Sam says:

      Don’t swat the wasps what ever you do. They release a chemical that alerts the others to danger and can lead to a swarm. I didn’t figure this out until this year when they just got worse the harder I tried. I have been setting these traps and checking them regularly and they are working like a charm. I have also seen a huge decrease in the number of wasps also.

    • Geoff says:

      Wasp plague? Mow lawn on dry day. Set trigger hose on small cone. Flood wasps even if flying. Immediately stamp on wet patch.

    • Barbara says:

      You need a 2 prong approach. Drench the nest with WD40 every night, the oil coats their wings & they can’t fly. After 3 nights you should be able to remove & burn it.
      At the same time hang blown up brown paper bags, tied with string & hung just under 200 feet apart, these look like wasp nests & as wasps are very territorial they will not build near the bags. Bait bottles can be used, but if there is bait the wasps will keep coming.

      • Mary says:

        I wouldn’t use toxic petroleum-based products, it’s not necessary to be that aggressive, and chemicals can do harm to the environment, animals and you. Using Dawn dishwashing (“Dawn cuts grease”) liquid in water is very effective, and not toxic. Wasps have a lipid-based, chitinous exoskeleton and Dawn will desiccate them. If the soapy water gets on them they either drop and die right there, or fly away and drop dead some place else. If you’re afraid of them, as I was, do it first thing in the morning while the wasps are mostly at home on the nest and sluggish, then run away, return and get stragglers if there are any. Then just knock the nest down into a plastic grocery bag and smash if necessary, and throw out. That’s not the issue for me, they’re slow and they didn’t go after me. My problem is how to trap wasps near a hummingbird feeder, while excluding the hummingbirds from the trap setup… how to make something more attractive to wasps than the feeder’s sugar water, but something the hummies won’t pay attention to. You don’t need to be aggressive and use something toxic like WD40. Even the manufacturer will tell you it’s not what WD40 is meant for. And it can harm other wildlife. I need to take the time and follow these critters and find the nest, that’s the big problem. If I can locate it, shooting a stream of soapy water will be the easy part. They’re not killer bees, they’re not gonna chase you or me, they’re just gonna die.

    • Henry says:

      Another economical way to get rid of wasps, and other insects, is to hang “drier sheets” around the outside of the house or wherever they are a nuisance. We use Bounce in the orange box, and replace them every spring. No more wasps.

      • Dave N says:

        We have a wasp nest just inside the air panel on our outdoor AC unit for our house. Do you think taping a couple of Bounce drier sheets next to their nest will get rid of them?

    • Aisha says:

      Me and my husband Johnny live in a log house and this stuff works.

  2. Gerry says:

    This assumes that trapping wasps makes the area wasp-free. In fact, the science-based literature on wasp control says that it doesn’t do much good: wasps just make lots more wasps real fast, and it only takes a few to be bothersome, so it’s only effective near the end of the season when numbers naturally diminish. Even then, it doesn’t usually reduce numbers enough to matter. Plus, if there’s bait around, you can bet the wasps will keep coming.

    Instead of trapping, the approved approach is to give them a poison which they will take back to the nest, where it will kill the lot of them. The recommended poison is microencapsulated diazinon, and the bait is shrimp- or fish-based cat food. Here’s one discussion of the issue:

  3. Helen says:

    Hi there,
    Why do we not know a loving way to collect & move God’s creature’s around without the
    end ( them ) theme. There was a book on TV a couple years ago called something like
    ( Natural remedie’s and bug and rodent repellant. If anyone has one of these books or
    knows where I could get one please let me know. I would like to not have poison around
    etc. I have kittens and myself and them won’t be dancing with wolves or wasps yet there
    has to be a natural way to get them to relocate. Ants too yet have made friends with them
    and try to have them eat out. But maybe the wasps are dinning on their food. Thanks for any help for caring repellant, no poison, natural ideas !

    • GreenEgg says:

      Not really sure if wasps are among God’s creatures – I think he subcontracted that job out to the Devil…
      Anyway, the only way you can get wasps to relocate is to kill the queen and the only way to do that is to put up a trap or poison them. If you enjoy getting stung over every inch of your body, you can try to move a nest but you won’t get too far before you are curled up in the fetal position crying and begging the wasps to forgive you for your transgressions.
      Trapping is a natural remedy – it won’t get rid of the nest (that takes poison) but it will reduce the numbers.
      We usually wait till it cools down at night and spray the crap out of the nest with WD-40. The wasps are cold and calm and easy to soak. The WD-40 coats their wings so that they can’t fly. Then knock the nest down and squish is and any wasps that are squirming around on the ground.

      • Rabbit says:

        Wasps are actually very beneficial. They, like bees, provide pollination for plants. As they are also meat eater,they also keep down the population of insects that are harmful to plants. In addition, they are scavengers, so they not only keep down the population of live insects, but also of dead ones. They also help to provide yeast.

        They are certainly unnerving to have around, especially in large numbers and especially because since stinging doesn’t kill them, you may not know exactly what it takes for them to decide you are a threat and to come after you. However, this summer, I have been finding that they are pretty gentle and that they don’t tend to say “Look human! Destroy!” My seven year old has had them land on her many times and she simply holds still. They crawl around for a bit, fly off, land on her again, crawl around and after they decide she is of no interest, they take off. I had one land on me and even though it took all of my effort not to panic, it eventually flew off.

        Now if you’re not interested in being the object of curiosity for every passing wasp and you have young kids that might get stung because they don’t know how to be careful when around wasps, one preventative measure that I have heard of is to hang fake wasps nest around your home, since wasps are very territorial and will not move into the area if they know that other wasps have already taken up the turf. It’s most likely too late to do anything like that at this point but next spring that could be something to think about. It may at least lessen any killing sprees that you have to take up against these beneficial creatures.

        • Greg says:

          Being patient and calm is all well and good until one gets in your clothing and panics and stings you. I am allergic to the point I can die, even if epipen is administered correctly it might not do much good if I am stung on my neck. While I whole-heartedly agree you should not harm animals if you can avoid it, I feel that some of us don’t have much of a choice if alternative methods do not work. I killed a wasp in my house the other day, and felt really bad and said sorry a million times, but I still value my life over a wasp (even a nest of wasps). Thanks to the author for the tips I will try anything at this point. I feel like I am going into a war zone every time I leave my apartment.

        • Ion says:

          If you live in the city or suburbia, you probably don’t want any pollination to be happening. You aren’t looking to have your trees and shrubs to reproduce, and grass gets mowed before it can anyway. The only thing reproducing are weeds and people end up using chemicals to fight those.

        • Ben says:

          They also kill bees which if I remember correctly are indangered while wasp aren’t

        • Patti Box says:

          I don’t mind wasps but not when hey keep making nests really close to our front door. I also have 2 grand-kids that play our front. My dad got stung 6 times while he was trimming the bushes. They have never been this bad in 20 years when at that time we moved in. I get rid of the nests and 5 minutes later they are making another. I’m not kidding on 5 minutes.

      • Cjay says:

        GreenEgg, you just cracked me up with the first line of this comment, I am allergic to wasps , so I have no desire to relocate them but I loved your response

    • mobang says:


      And where do you propose moving the wasps/rodents? The next-door neighbors’? Two towns down the valley? Or perhaps a likely-looking “vacant” stretch of land (which, BTW, very well may be someone else’s yard; lack of fencing doesn’t necessarily mean diddly)? Or?

      • carrie says:

        lol that’s hilarious, but yea, I want so bad to just let them bee (LOL) but had to use a hose and a long stick to rid 1 from my deck NOW i’m going to attempt catching them so they won’t keep making more and more… Letting them die in ecstacy ~ Drowning in a pool of molasses or honey, is a good way to go.. no? (its like having a room full of desserts, and eating til you pass out and go to heaven)

        • grace says:

          Well actually, I imagine it would be more like you drowning in a giant pool of sticky grape soda… Not pleasant at all

        • Don says:

          I relocate them to a hole a foot or so deep, or a large campfire. Also, I don’t empty the trap, I just replace it. Plastic bottles are not hard to come by. Why submit yourself to any danger of getting stung, or the mess involved. DO NOT crush the bottle, as the dead wasps release a scent that puts the nest on attack mode. That’s why I burn or bury the dead, with the trap.

    • mike says:

      how long dose it take to get them in the trap

    • clara says:

      Last week I discovered that wasps had infiltrated my two beehives, killing my honeybees, eating them, their comb, their honey. I’ve set up a couple of wasp traps baited with sugar water with a dash of wine vinegar. The honey bees don’t seem interested and I’m killing hundreds of wasps a day. Even if the wasps are regenerating they’re more interested in my traps than tormenting/killing my bees. Every morning I feed the dead wasps to my chickens who regard them as a delicious treat. Wasps are definitely the devil’s creatures.

    • Yolanda says:

      Hi Helen,
      One of the best reasons is because these little creatures can do alot of harm. I’d rather get bitten by a centerpide then a wasp. My son is highly alergy prone, and his children,(my grand babies)follow his foot steps. I’m not sure if they are alergic to wasp stings, so I will take every precaution possible. I don’t think I should wait till they get stung. Once I noticed my grandson eyeing a nest as he was about to enter the patio in fear. I think irradication is the only option.

    • Julie Horn says:

      Soap and water will kill them…it’s Not “natural”, but at least it’s not poison.

    • Jerry L says:

      Have you ever been stung by a “sweet” little mahogany wasp? I’m sure God had a reason for creating wasps, but haven’t figured it
      out yet.?

    • Kurt says:

      I’m with Helen, i may not enjoy wasps but i try to get along with, as they are helpful/beneficial. Live and let live,or…

  4. Patricia Smiley says:

    To move wasp nest, eg, paper wasp nest, simply hose thoroughly at least twice a day, more if you can. They will move away in a short time and you won’t get bitten. They spend all their time drying their nest out and this is not good for the community.

    • Edward says:

      Actually, that’s not exactly true. Some species of stinging insects can detect the source of what is hitting the nest and follow along it. Hornets can follow the trajectory of a bullet, pellet from a pellet gun, or a rock. So can other wasps. Bumblebees can follow the trajectory of pellet guns and bullets with no problem at all…I can personally attest to that.

  5. Nancy says:

    I have had trouble with wasps for several years. I have sprayed nests with Raid that sprays 20 feet so I don’t have to get close and then I knock down the nest. It works well when you can see the nest. I now have wasps going under the siding in the corner of the house by the front door. I have sprayed it but I can’t get the spray up in the tiny space they crawl in. If I can get the WD40 with one of those tubes to spray up there, will they just come back? They seem to not like the Raid for an hour or two and then come back because I can’t get it up inside. HELP!

    • C Smythe says:

      using raid, wd-40 or what ever works for you MAKE SURE you close up the place they are getting into. A can of that foam sealant or tin foil or steel wool.
      Problem solved.
      They WILL come back other wise.

  6. Seanna says:

    I have been having trouble and I have learned that gasoline will kill them instantly. I used to use the spray and it sometimes worked but it never killed all of them. If you can get close enough to the nest, just splash some of the gas on the nest and your done! Dont smoke while doing this for obvious reasons!

    • carrie says:

      and you’d have to completely rid the gas too = or someone later will ‘smoke’ and blow up your home! LOL, and really, can you wash away an OIL like gasoline? I’d be wary, don’t put something that abrasive into the environment.. I followed a google search that said MIX 6 tsp dish soap w/ half gallon water. DRENCH the area at night. may take a few doses.

  7. MotherNature says:

    Wasps are not the invaders or the problem. People are the problem. Stop poisoning, killing and ruining the natural world. Learn to live with nature or move back to the city. Try to grasp this concept–YOU do not own the planet. The world was not created just for you. Other creatures have the right to live. Accept it.

    • James Hodge says:

      But I did create my shed and do not want to share my little section of the world with wasps and hornets!!! When they enter my shed then they are invading!!!! They should have stayed in their tree cause if I can kill em they are dead beleee dat!!!!!

    • Asthmatic and Allergic says:

      Move back to the city?? I’m in the city! I have a right to live, too, even if you don’t consider human life to be of any value. And I do own my house and yard and have a right to use them and go in and out of my door. [Admin edit: sorry, the last bit is a little harsh so I removed it]

    • Nature Lover says:

      So, are you telling me to just stay in the house, rather than be able to enjoy the short New England summer on the new deck we just sunk a chunk of money into building? The nest is under the stairs, and they fly in and out right past our picnic table. I would like to be able to sit outside on my deck and watch the less dangerous creatures, like the birds and butterflies!

    • Rod says:

      Maybe non-existant MotherNature needs to ask God what He says?

    • City guy says:

      Seriously..? Darwin would have something to say about this.

    • Crystal says:

      and what do you suppose i tell my toddler when we cant play in his treehouse because the wasps chose that spot to nest? sorry i love my son more than annoying wasps.

    • Johnny K says:

      Wasps attack and kill things that invade their homes, why can’t I?

      • levon synclr says:

        this is the best, most logical response I’ve heard for the bee huggers.(oops, I meant tree huggers. Yes we all love the earth, but I’m tired of everyone who ‘drinks the kool-aid’ about us being interlopers here on the planet. God gave the earth to us to be stewards, and yes, the powers that be have done a miserable job, I, an ‘Indun’ girl, however, have loved the earth as my home for as long as I have lived here. Whew! didn’t know all that was comin’.

    • tina says:

      when you have children its nice to be able to walk outdoors. and no one can just up and move that easy. they are a pain and I dont think we should tolerate them if there is a way to kill em. but hey im a country gal. would you let a bunch of snakes just hang around your yard. nope. OK THEN. the bull with the creatures living etc dont apply when you have kids that can get hurt. in all respect I do thnk god wants us to protect our kids from dangers. and im no tree hugger as well.

      • Phyzzi says:

        I’ve no love for hornets, but any nonvenomous snakes are more than welcome in my yard, as are any non-lethal spiders (sorry black widows).

        Mud dabbers, brown bees, etc. are more than welcome, but yellow jackets can go straight back to the feiry pit from wence they came. I am pretty poison averse, but I will more than happily pour a gallon of vinegar on these biesties if they think my back stairs are good for a nest.

        Vinagar may sound harsh to some, but they are harsh. And agressive. There’s not enough nope in the world.

    • wunfneangel says:

      I live in the city & still have wasp. . .to the point I’m unable to enter or exit my doors (front especially & back)!!!!
      My grandmother can die if stung by a bee or bit by a snake. Also my uncle can die if bit by a snake. My mom had a bad reaction when stung by a bee. With all that being said, I’m not taking a chance that my little ones will not have a severe reaction nor myself!!!!!

    • C Smythe says:

      You’ve gotta be kidding! They have a job to do in the wild yes . . . but stinging my dog and kids ain’t one of them . . .

    • PJ01 says:

      Survival of the Fittest! That’s the way of NATURE!

    • KillEmAll says:

      I vote we exterminate wasps entirely from the planet! Fleas and ticks too!

      • Geri says:

        Definitely vote for eliminating wasps, hornets, and all their relatives. For fleas and ticks, there are easy insecticides to use on pets, and sprays and foggers for homes. We use Advantix II on our dog and cat every month. And let’s face it, a bunch of fleas or ticks aren’t going to kill you in a few seconds and make you die in agony.

      • Edward says:

        can’t kill them…they actually serve a purpose if you can believe it…besides being annoying, they do kill other types of parasites…I just want them to do it away from my home

    • HUMAN says:

      Now that’s just nuts…we HUMANS, were created by a God who GAVE US, not wasps or any other creature, DOMINION over all. If there was a ticked off wolf hovering around your home, threatening your family, are you seriously gonna tell me you wouldn’t kill it!? Delusional! I’m going out of my way to kill the wasps that are viciously attacking my family and trapping us on our porch.
      Accept reality

    • Don says:

      Yeah well, I do own a small piece a small piece of the universe, and am doing everything in my power, not to share it with wasps. I enjoy nature, but without the painful sting of wasps. Move back to the city?? I am living on the family ranch where I was raised, and some gasoline in a garden sprayer kills my wasp problem.(LOL) Incidentally, it’s only flammable for 15 or 20 minutes, and burns beautifully when sprayed, knocked down, and placed in a safe burning area! No problem. My world is not ruined until wasps invade it.

    • Chris says:

      What happens when there are tons of them nesting in my boat now it’s useless an my 3 year old boy can’t fish and enjoy nature

      • LovetoGarden says:

        Ooohhh Chris… do what you MUST to rid your boat of them, then go to Walmart, get some peppermint oil in the candle it in a spray bottle mixed with a cup of warm water, SHAKE WELL then spray the boat everywhere. That will keep them from returning. THEY HATE TREE SMELL OF PEPPERMINT. THEN take your son fishing… HE will Always remember that.

    • Charles says:

      My brother use to live by that principle. I remember going into his house at the back door one spring and noticed a group of wasps energetically building a nice new “home” nest. When I told my brother about the wasps he replied, “Oh, I know. I believe in live and let live – they aren’t bothering me!” As the months passed, the nest grew bigger and bigger, and so did the number of residents. Then one day when I was walking through the back door I noticed that the nest was gone; and when I asked my brother about it, he said his philosophy changed when one of the wasp stung him as he was going into the house.
      I love to coexist with other creatures until they decide to move into my space or present a threat to me or my family. Plenty of area away from my home and sheds – no need for them to move into my living zones.

    • Alex The Great says:


      I live in the city and I really hate to be stung my insects. The laws of nature say “survival of the fittest”. If that means intelligently taking out our “enemies” then so be it. You wouldn’t want a pack of wolves living in your backyard, making it impossible to enjoy the beauty of nature, or making you unable to hang your laundry, and neither do I. Atleast with trapping these pests I am making it so us humans, the high end of the food chain, can live w/o harm. The wasps would not hesitate to harm us if we invaded their space, so I am doing the same.

    • Amy says:

      Will you also spread your peaceful message to the wasp community and tell them to stop stinging us and to just “accept it” so that we may all live together in harmony? Thanks. From Team Humans.

    • Frank Dalla says:

      You are funny…. Just try having a business like an automobile recycling facility that covers an area of twenty acres. Wasps and Yellow jackets would absolutely rule the place if nothing was done to reduce the population. The warm California summers agree with these pests and it’s a constant challenge to keep from becoming overwhelmed by them. If Mother Nature would be a little conservative in the propagation department, I would then praise your vision. However, until then, it’s an all out war, and sometimes difficult to determine who is winning.

    • pauline says:

      Mother nature I agree with you, people are the problem. I am in Australia and the wasps are not a native here, they were introduced by people. Our climate allows them to multiply ten fold, if we could send them all back to their country of origen where nature does keep them under controll there wouldnt be a problem, but we carnt so we need to deel with them, they are in plague proportion here and its dangerous. I have had 2 chickens and a dog seriously ill due to wasp bites. So anyone out there who can share how to cull them please do so.

    • Dana says:

      Come to my house then; I have so many Red Wasp that swarm around my doors that it’s hard to go in or out. I put out traps yesterday to see if it will help. An exterminator came out last fall and got rid of some, but there are so many that it is an everyday battle. And sorry, I grew up in the country; but the amount of wasp has gotten ridiculous.

    • Aaron Spaulding says:

      I live in the city…and am attacked and stung by wasps almost daily. I can walk into our garage (this happened yesterday) and get dive bombed and stung! I got hit four times…(4)…by the same wasp….simply because I walked into the garage. It’s 108*F here in Abilene, TX…and EVERY store in town is sold out of wasp killer spray!

      • LovetoGarden says:

        I know this sounds crazy but I promise it works. I’m allergic to wasp and so is my child so trying to avoid them during the summer is something I’ve done 460 years. get you some peppermint oil for around $2 in the Walmart candle section of essential oils put it in a small spray bottle with about a cup of water and the whole bottle of the essential oil and spray it on yourself or on a paper towel and stick it in your pocket before you go into the infested area. They hate the smell of peppermint and will avoid you!

    • Michael says:

      Aren’t we the top of the food chain.

    • Michael says:

      They are the problem when they are getting in my home during the Winter. This sounds like a good way to catch those that are and rid myself of them without getting stung and without using poison.

      I doubt they’d like me in their home anytime.

  8. CityGirl says:

    MotherNature, you have forgotten the first rule of evolution… The world belongs to the smartest, fastest, and richest.

    And I will do whatever I have to in order to protect my family from being stung. [sentence removed–admin edit–sorry CityGirl, a little harsh so I removed your last sentence]

  9. Abe Yonder says:

    Please note; The devil didn’t make wasps. Wasps of all kinds, but paper wasps in particular pollinate more fruits, flowers and garden plants than any other thing, including bees. God made them with stingers to protect them and keep you away from the nests where they raise their young. Do not kill this most beneficial of all God’s creatures; many times more essential to the environment than the humans who depend on them for basic survival.

    • carrie says:

      agreed! But abe, sometimes its just scary when they’re SO invasive on your deck.. I was left feeling awful to have to rid them, but its not so easy to communicate to them politely to “please move into that yonder field Mr Wasp Family”

      • Don says:

        I feel awful killing Praying Mantises and Lady Bugs. I feel no remorse killing wasps, centipedes, or Black Widows, all of which pose a danger to me and my family.

    • tomb says:

      i spent alot of money for my house and fortunatly they dont have squatters rights so they need to go

    • country type says:

      Paper wasps scrape building material for their nests from my corn. Not cool. Most of the damage they do is negligible. They have however actually ruined entire mature corn plants. Killing my corn is a declaration of war. I WILL win. I mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of liquid dish soap in a gallon of water. I spray the nests and individual wasps with a household sprayer. (think “squirt gun”) The soap dissolves the waxy coating on their body so they bleed to death post haste… It sounds barbaric for sure. This however, IS war. As I said previously, I WILL win. (at least in my garden and shed)

      • Horrified says:

        AWESOME11!! I wonder if I spray this solution on the side of my house where the sun hits…if they will stay away. We just built our home and have no siding and the wasps fly around all over the side of the house when its hot out. I am so horrified by these nasty little…I just got the chills…I cant even get close enough to one to swat it when they are in the house!I yell to my 16 yo son or lock myself and kids in another room LOL I will def be able to spray them with this inside though so thank you!!

    • raeleigh says:

      I generally consider myself a live and let live person…. however… we began having issues with several species of wasp bombarding us on our front AND back porch.. making it dangerous to enter or leave the house… STILL i merely sprayed repellant, not a killer…. until yesterday….. when a paper wasp decided that MY FREAKING EAR was a good place to nest!
      it was INSIDE my ear for over ten minutes, and shredded my eardrum and ear canal… are the WASPS going to pay for that ER visit? I dont think so… you invade my bubble, your gonna die!

      • carlie says:

        That is the scariest thing I have ever heard…. terrifies me. I have had problems with these giant black wasps. And I mean the smallest I’ve seen is at least an inch long. I tried to call pest control but they wont come out unless you know where the nest is…and of course I cant find it. Been setting traps around the edges of the property but nothing. It doesnt help that my neighbors also have bee hives so now I have a bee and wasp death match on my front porch. Im sorry but they have got to go…if I get stung by something the size of my freaking pinky…nope nope nope

        • Barbara says:

          Hang blown up brown paper bags(tied with string) just under 200 feet apart, wasps are very territorial & will not build near another nest. Any that do will be attacked – you can too – spray the nest/s every night with WD40 – it coats their wings & they can’t fly. After 3 nights you should be able to remove(gently)& burn them.

      • nate says:

        I was stung by one this morning since then they’ve been everywhere I go staring at me ready to sting again. I git a zapper racket I’m knocking employees off with, these things are nasty especially the red ones

    • Ricky says:

      I agree that GOD created wasps as well as many things for their own purpose, But GOD also gave man authority over ALL other living creatures. Wolves and coyotes have their benifits but you also have to protect your animals from them as GOD says. And before the parasites and diseases killed out most of America’s Honey Bee’s they were the best for pollinateing gardens, they even collect much more pollen on their legs and safer in your gardens than wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, etc. All insects that feed on the flowers of plants to some extent help pollinate other plants. Wasps, yellow jackets, hornets etc. also will sting your fruits and vegitables to cause soft spots to make it easier for them to eat your garden you worked hard to grow. The bigger their nest the more aggressive they seem to get also.

    • Becky says:

      I’m deadly allergic to wasps and bees so you’ll have to forgive me if I call the pest control company.

    • PJ01 says:

      If I raise my young in a bad neighborhood I’m asking for trouble. If the wasp would just learn where his neighborhood is, we’d all live in peace.

    • DocBarney says:

      Sorry Abe, don’t know where you got your statistics on polinators, but the honeybee is the most prolific polinators in the world. Paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets belong to the same family, the Vespidae. They are not polinators, but provide vital pest control. Paper wasps prey or caterpillars and leaf beetle larvae. Hornets prey on numerous garden pest insect larvae. Yellow jackets could be considered the lazy side of the family, they don’t really prey on anything but they do carry any dead bug they find back to their nest. Recently yeast spores have been found in the stomachs of paper wasps and hornets. As each of these regurgitate food to feed their young, they pass the spores to the next generation. They “native” yeast spores found on grapes are their work. Fortunately for wine drinkers, a more controlled and tasteful yeast is added to wine grapes for fermentation. With all that said, someone using traps to peotect their living areas and properties do not endanger the proliferation of these Vespidae. In the spring, each female lays anywhere from 1500 to 15,000 new ones. We stand a much greater chance of running out of clean water or non-genetically modified foods than the Vespidae being endangered. EVERYONE should do what the have to to rid their living and their children’s playing area of these insects. Many people are deathly allergic to stings, and can develop anaphylactic shock with in minutes. Children are in danger even if not highly allergic. Children usually come to the ER with multiple stings because they don’t know what is happening. Small children don’t understand what is happening; they scream, but they are afraid to move. The pheromone given off by a single sting can draw in enough bees to kill a child.
      Everyone be more concerned about the dying off of honeybees across the US. Every third bite of food you put in your mouth is thanks to a honeybee. If they die off, then we die off, and the Vespidae will still be here.

    • Moo says:

      So wasps have the right to protect their homes and their young using the stingers God gave them… but humans do NOT have the right to protect their homes and young using the intellect God gave them.

      Did I sum up your arguments correctly, naturists?

      It’s not about authority over living things… its about protection of our nests and offspring. Something every creature on this does daily.

      If I even approach a wasp’s nest, I will be attacked without the slightest bit of remorse for my well-being. I appreciate the helpful advice from those who allow me the same rights.

    • anchovy says:

      What do I do if there’s one in my bedroom? It was on my face when I woke up but it did not sting me. I’m just worried she may be a queen. She and I are giving each other space, but I’m not sleeping real well. If she builds a nest in my room, my dog and I may have a huge problem.

  10. MrRealityCheck says:

    Wow, so it looks like most of you are either “kill em all” or want to bring the wasps a coffee cake! This is really simple guys. If the wasps make a nest near a place where people will get stung, you destroy them. If you don’t have to, then don’t. Is that so hard? In most cases wasps are not aggressive unless the nest is bothered or you really mess with them while they are out working. Wasps are beneficial to a degree, depending on the species, but you should not have any moral dilemma killing them if they are in a dangerous location.

    And no, it isn’t a good idea to try and relocate them because next year you’ll have to deal with several nests.

    • Ranchgirl says:

      I think that we need a like button on here because as I read this all I kept thinking is wow…..there really are some down to earth people! LOL 🙂

      • tony says:

        like! I’ve been cracking up at some of these posts! Its pumping me up for going into battle with my spectraside at sundown this evening!

    • Medic Molly says:

      That’s what I’m saying, and I think most ppl are too… they arent out freaking wasp hunting wanting to kill any wasp they see. I have a nest right at my front door and they get in between the storm door and my interior door, then fly inside once the interior door is open! If they weren’t trying to get inside my house I would not care, but I can go into anaphylaxis if I get stung so its not ok!

    • Electric Elisa says:

      HA HA HA HA! Yes, you are correct, it does seem that way! Some wasps attack..that happened to me when I was a kid. It was unprovoked…all I did was walk down our back porch and it came out…yes, someone will undoubtedly comment that it was provoked because maybe it had a nest under the stairs…but provoked seems like it would have to be intentional. And that wasp stung me twice! I’m a little allergic. There is some foamy stuff on the market…not sure if it’s RAID or some other brand. It works great! However, we haven’t had to use it much since that time..when was that a couple years ago? My fiance gave the can to his mother when she went on a road trip…to use like mace. Anyway, looking for more non-toxic ways to kill them if necessary. But, I think the black widow egg sacs all over the inside and outside of our shed is now a bigger problem! Not sure how to kill those.

      • benjamin says:

        the best way to control any of the black widow family is to kill any that you see and squash the eggs you find but also dont leave things lying on floors or any mess in the shed try and keep an organized shelf area as widow spiders tend to enjoy messy areas and places to get under. the most common place to find them is in an untouched (infrequently used) areas especially places just elevated from the ground such as shelf bases but after that just monitoring them is all that is necessary.

        i had a problem with them a little while back the were under the couch in my lounge room under one of my family members beds (rarely cleaned) and generally in barely used places so i just continued to move stuff and make sure nothing was left too long so that nothing had time to nest there.

        in order to avoid bites dont grab directly underneath anything because they usually only bite when touched or their egg sac gets touched (hence the reason to not put your hand directly where you cant see)

    • Charlotte says:

      MrRealityCheck gets my like button, my Amen, my whatever… Let’s be realistic. No, I am not going around trying to kill every stinging biting insect or animal on the planet. But if it is hanging around my door, window, or possibly yard, sure, I go for the can of Raid Wasp & Hornet Killer. You do not want to stick your hand into a mailbox where the wasps decided to live. Trust me!

  11. Sara says:

    Wow…ok…for those of you who are defending the wasps and would rather see them around than your own kind would you please come take them from my house and bring them to yours!

  12. Ed says:

    Some wasps are territorial. A paper wasp nest imitation (or paper bag) hung in an appropriate place may keep them from nesting nearby. This seems to work best if located under eves or such places that certain types of wasps tend to nest.

    • Julia says:

      Works very well for me, at our cabin.

      • PJ01 says:

        So you hang the paper bag in an area where it’s ok for them to nest and they’ll go there? Do you wad the paper bag up or anything? I have 2 1/2 acres of wooded property. No problem if they stay in the woods. I also have grandchildren. BIG problem if they don’t stay out of my house and away from the porches!

        • josh says:

          No you hang the paper bag where it’s NOT okay to nest – the wasps think “this place is taken” and move on

          On the flip side however I’ve heard that vacated nests are very attractive to wasps looking for a new place

        • Anna says:

          No, you hang it where you DON’T want them to nest… They might think it is another colony they don’t want to infringe on, and they will find a new place to avoid a territory war.

        • Sara says:

          The paper bag is supposed to look like a real nest but it isnt. It is so other wasps will think that that area is already occupied and they won’t build a nest nearby. It’s sort of a mock nest to deter real wasps from living there.

        • PapaLee says:

          The wasps or the grandchildren? 😀

    • sheila hamblin says:

      So what do paper wasp look like all i have are the red ones

  13. Brian says:

    I wish people who are here defending the wasps were allergic to them or at least knew how scary it is to be allergic. I almost died because of a simple wasp sting when I was 19. I now have to be careful when I step outside in warm weather. I’m now 28 and have not been stung since that experience. I bought two of the PIC traps that they sell online, add a little juice and catch the wasps before they make nests around where I live.

    • Dee says:

      All kinds of stings INSTANTLY feel better with a mixture of any kind of tobacco and (has to be) saliva (not water). You do not have to put tobacco in your mouth (where it will take care of canker sores, incidentally)–you can spit and mix it in your palm or a cup. This is the best way to learn the definition of “instant.” You will learn that instant coffee isn’t EVEN instant compared to this!

      • Medic Molly says:

        sorry but that does NOTHING for an allergic reaction from a sting… not even remotely the same thing. its not the pain of the sting that kills you hun, its the swelling of your throat and not being able to BREATHE that does it… when you’re in anaphylaxis you really aren’t worrying about how painful the sting was

  14. hiedifrancis says:

    Good for you Brian… I agree with you. I am allergic to all bees and have been stung several times over the last 35 years of my life and it scares me and my family as I balloon up and have had to be rushed to the ER. I believe everything has a right to life until it infringes upon my (or anyones) right to life. BEES BE DEAD!!

  15. coloradogreen says:

    Good luck with that save the wasps thing, I’m sure they appreciate your concern …My problem is that their main nest is under my neighbor’s roofing, which makes my yard a wasp superhighway between there and my small pond. they even sting my old dog just for sitting near it. My traps catch 4-6 workers each a day, but don’t do a thing to reduce the population. Is there anywhere to get affective yellowjacket poison for this? Thanks all…

    • James says:

      I don’t understand your point colorado – you know where the nests are so just take them out with a knock down spray. Your dog gets stung “just for sitting near it”, again you know where they are, take them out. I selectivley spray nests that I deem too close for saftey. The rest I leave alone as they quietly chew on my wooden fence, kill caterpillars in my garden, etc. Setting poison bait unselectively kills all kinds of beneficial insects, including the wasps population you’re trying to reduce.

  16. Sal says:

    Gods creatures or not, theres a lot of them and they reproduce like there is no tomorrow so don’t worry about people wanting them out of their yard, no biggie. Its not like the queen gets all upset and throws a tantrum or commits suicide over the loss, it is her job to make more for what don’t show up back at the nest. It is the bees that we don’t want to kill.

    Anyway, does anyone have any idea how long a trapped wasp will live? I heard once that if they cant get back to their nest by morning they will die. I have one in my window and I don’t want to open the window till I know he wont be freaking out and buzzing around inside my house.

    • Genevive says:

      I have them every now and again on the inside of my screens on my house. I slam the wondow closed on the little nasty thing, and let it die. It is usually dead by morning. I am terribly alleric to them. I hate them.

  17. Judie says:

    My son taught me a good method (this from the mind of a pre-teen, mind you!). WD40 and a lighter! Works every time! Works on spider eggs as well. Just make sure that the nest or eggs aren’t on something flammable. I’ve made that mistake before!

  18. Mr.Scrooge says:

    Mothernature have you ever gotten stung? It hurts like crap and if you’re allergic it can kill you and if you realy know about nature know this death is as much a part of nature as life. Plus, a the nests should be in nature not highly populated areas. Therefore since wasps breed like rabbits on steroids there always be wasps on earth! OH GOODIE!

    • carrie says:

      who was there first, your ‘populated area of human colonies’ or the bees which have owned this land even before natives? Secondly, if death and illness is a part of life, THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS when you get stung, everything must come and go, ~ Humans developed this awful ego that they’re better than, and have more rights than every other creature on earth. WHY? Just because the brain evolved so fluffy, the rest of the prehistoric animals haven’t a chance.

      • Survival says:

        If everything must come and go, humans have come, wasps can go.

        Seriously, humans are part of nature as well. Just as wasps and other creatures of nature will kill for food or to protect, so too can humans. The only problem with humans is that some will kill for sport, but no one here is advocating the killing of wasps for sport.

        • joejava says:

          It can too be a sport! Get yourself one of those high voltage plastic tennis rackets. It is a sport! Love the snap! and the sizzle!

          • Aingeal says:

            I love that racket. I wish I had one again. If you open it up, there is a small resistor between the capacitor leads. Between that and the LED, the capacitor will drain when the button is released. Remove the capacitor and it will not only hold the charge longer after the button is released but it will hold a slightly larger charge and charge up faster.

            I’m tempted to get another one. One that can plug in, that way I can do the little modification, plug it in and place it over the opening. Why try to lure them into a trap when you can force all of them to go through a lethal one.

          • Joe says:

            You just gave me a great idea, without much modification. Duct tape the button down & place the racket over the mouth of a container filled with wasp bait.

  19. wendywoo says:

    We had a wasp nest last year and I couldnt get into the yard for the little blighters, we ended up getting a man to come and kill the nest, the bag he broughht them out in was huge with thousands of them, this year we have another at the back of the house and they are all over the yard, my 8yr old cannot play on her trampoline for them, they seem to be flying from the back of the house into the yard and congragate in a tree opposite the the trampoline, my veg plot is covered with them and trying to get into the car is a dice with death, I was stung right beneath my eye this week by one, ive made the trapsand placed them all over the yard and not one has been caught yet, ive even managed to get an imitation wasp nest in the tree and it hasnt bothered. I cant even get into my greenhouse for them as they corner me in there, I havent been able to sit and enjoy my garden since the start of the summer hols with my daughter, I,m even waiting for winter to come so the horrid little beasts are gone.

    • Sam says:

      I received 12-15 stings from accidentally running over an in-ground wasps nest last week, while mowing my yard. I’m NOT a wimp, but I can tell you they hurt like hell, and i’m still having intense itching from them, thankfully I didn’t have an anaphalactic reaction! I did extensive research on how to get rid of them, the safest, easiest way is to wait until dark, place a CLEAR glass bowl over the entrance hole, and observe it next day. Most of them will commit suicide trying to get out, you might see a few “hooligans” swarming around, that didn’t get home on time, that you can easily spray with an insecticide, but this did solve my problem!

      • Ulven says:

        I just got stung Weds by a Yellow Jacket IN MY HOUSE. He brought a friend with but he didn’t sting me. I now have hives (no pun intended) in both my ears and my nose and a lovely nickel sized one on my face. I am too afraid to even go out the front door now cuz they try in get in every time i open it. Last year I had to rescue my German Shepherd from a swarm of them. He got stung like 15 times at least. I am afraid to let our little dog outside. We did find the nest in back, but we have spayed every year since we moved here. Countless cans of every kind of spray we can find and they love it! It costs a fortune to have somebody come out and do it.
        They chase the Hummingbirds away and even attack them. Yes, I know the feeder attracts them, but it is staying there. We have tried traps to no avail. I am going to try a couple of these recipes though Waiting until it is dark to go and the trap aka soda bottle.
        The Yellow Jackets live in the ground, how do you find the hole? I am not going to follow them home.
        Sorry, this is more of a rant than anything. But, I am allergic to them and it would be nice to sit outside now that the weather is beautiful. 🙁

        • Mo says:

          My husband just finds the hole, waits til dark, dumps gas down and covers with a rock. The intense fumes kill the nest and all that were in it.

  20. Albo58 says:

    Put an open jar with molasses mixed with dishwashing soap and a little water, near the hole where they are flying in and out of my house! It’s been 8 hours and I don’t see anything in the jar (fail)… SO, I tried the upside down top third of a pop bottle trap, filled with home made lemonade… if they don’t go for that, I’ll shove a coldcut down the hole (in casr theyu’re still into meat right now) …. I’ll let you know how I make out…

  21. Brett says:

    Hi i was just stung a couple of days ago by one or more wasps after I ran away i slight pain i went back to the area i got stung at and i saw a ton of wasps going under one of those green electrical box’s in my yard near where my kid plays is there a easy way to get rid of these ground dwelling wasps?

  22. Thunder Swine says:

    Don’t cover their exits with dirt or debris, they will just dig around it. What you do is take an empty jar, remove the lid, and place the mouth over the exit. The wasps will be like, ” I can’t fly past this invisible barrier right now, I’ll try again later,” only later the jar is still there. They will keep “coming back later” until they starve to death. Keep in mind that there may be more than one exit, and if you see a wasp outside the jar, he is just a scout who got trapped outside. They too will eventually die.

  23. Leve or Let die says:

    I think the world will be just fine without this little (large grapefruit size) nest they’ve built in my shed. I will go in tonight, when they are resting peacefully and lovingly bathe them all in a very generous dose of WD-40 followed up with a soothing candlelight ambiance. Gosh! I hope WD-40 isn’t flammable because I’m simply trying to ‘gently convince them to go away’ not kill ’em all. Oh well. If nature made WD-40 flammable, then who am I to keep it away from flame!?!

    • Judy says:

      I had a hornet’s nest under a canvas front door awning. I heard about and tried with success this year about the brown paper bag. Hang a brown paper bag by a string and the hornet’s did not come back this year, because they are territorial and will not make a nest near another nest.

  24. Tim Hohs says:

    The ground hornets are the really pesky ones in this neck of the woods and these traps catch lots of them. I’m told they were introduced from Northern Europe in the 40’s, so they have very few predators. Me and the black bears are the only ones I know of.

    Someone mentioned ants earlier. The only way I have found to control them is by spreading coffee grounds around the house and wherever else I don’t want them. It works for all the species around my house in Central Idaho. Ants are so hyper anyway it’s my theory that they get so totally obnoxious from the caffeine that the queen won’t let them go back again.

  25. Joe says:

    I’ve had a little problem with wasps inside of my house, specifically in my Man Cave. Now, this has become quite a territorial issue for me. My method of getting rid of them was to use the shop vac with some water already in it. You can easily pick them off one at a time if they’re flying around your room or suck them up in a group (if you’re so lucky). Just be sure to cap the end of your shop vac hose when you’re done. Also to note, I’ve had to go back 3 nights in a row because more keep showing up. For those with a nest in the walls, I think the only solution is complete removal of the nest, which means locating approximately where the nest is & cutting into your walls. Then, its using whatever spray you deem the best to suppress them long enough to clean out the nest. I know most of you would rather hear that spraying something into a crack in your wall will take care of the problem, but realistically, would you want to keep a nest with a thousand dead (and rotting) wasps in your wall? Just look at it as a chance to do a little home renovation.

    • Don says:

      The shop vac works great for one or two at a time. When you are done, shoot a spray of flying insect killer down the hose as you turn off the vac. Works great.

  26. Frank says:

    I have a varied assortment of bees and wasp here in the country. I do not have any problem sharing so I let them be. Never had an attack of angry ones till I tried to relocate or mess with their nest. I have sense noticed they do not bother me at all, as long as I don’t bother them. I have some that are so friendly that they will run right into me, and then back up and go around me. I don’t know if they are now tame or just happy to have a home that I don’t mess with. I vote let them bee………

    • Ms. Williams says:

      That was exactly what it was like for me and my daughter too, as newcomers to the country. We have always had a way with animals and insects. We watched them grow in numbers and still, surprisingly, leave us alone. That was before we both got attacked by a swarm and got hospitalized from all the stings. After being attacked we noticed in our yard: mud-daubers, yellow-jackets, paper wasps, and hornets. They all have been EXTREMELY aggressive since we got back from the hospital. Find it very scary since my 9 year old is allergic and I am now at high risk for having been attacked by an entire swarm. Anybody who thinks a wasp is more important than a person does not get invited to our place!

  27. JustSharon says:

    When my kids were little, we once had a “pet” wasp in our house that liked our wooden beam in the kitchen. We also spent a lovely 45 minutes or so watching a small ant carry his dead and dying companions out of the nest after being poisoned by my ant spray. There were too many to step outside my door–something had to be done, but I didn’t want my girls to miss the impact of life and death around them.
    The wasps I have now in the front of my house (3 nests) are so busy going about their wasp business that they don’t notice me. So, I let them be.
    If they were aggressive, I would definitely try to discourage them and, if that didn’t work, take steps to ensure their demise.
    It is as simple as that.
    Life is sacred. Don’t kill if you don’t have to. Try to live in peace with others, even wasps. Be kind to others, even the lowliest of creatures.

  28. charlie says:

    Get you some paper bags, crumple them up real good, now blow them up about 3/4 of full, tie a string around the neck and hang them up in the areas you want to keep them out of, they thing this is another bee hive and will not build anywhere close to it.

  29. twistedhippie says:

    There is an outdoor eatery in California that takes the plastic snack bags (sandwich type) and fills them 1/4 full of water then adds 2 to 3 pennies and seals them, they then hang them all over from roof to windows. The wasps see these and think it is another nest and fly away plus they don’t make nests around the place. We are going to try this on our house this year since we have an over abundance of wasps out here in the country. I am also going to try the paper bag thing on the deck.

  30. logan says:

    i just got a camper, after working for this guy for awhile, it’s real nice but when i went inside, there was sworms of wasp in it, how can i get ride of them with out being stung like crazy?

    • Don says:

      Bug bombs. Trip 2 or 3 and lock the doors and windows for the night. The foggers will invade the cracks and seams, destroying all insects.

  31. Angela says:

    Please note in your instructions that any bait that includes sugar will kill honeybees. Only use protein bait to attract the wasps. Raw meat will not attract the honey bees. I have bees and wasps in my yard and the wasps pester us at dinner, sting and bite and do not pollinate. Honeybees do pollinate 1/3 of our food supply across the nation. Please Please Please don’t use sugar based baits…. If you need more information regarding this please contact me by email. Thank you.

  32. Mila says:

    This method is for a single nest that you have found, wait until the sun goes down and the wasps are all cozy and back at the nest. Roll up a piece of newspaper and light one end of it with a lighter and hold it up to the nest. It will burn the wings off the wasps and you will hear them all hitting the ground. That will keep them from chasing you and stinging you. The next day use the foaming wasp spray on the nest and knock the nest down to make sure they don’t use it again. That should be the end of the wasps and the end of that nest, however, if you have one nest then they will probably come back again and build another one. Repeat this if you spot them again!

  33. TiredOfWasps! says:

    For the past few years, my daughters and I have not been able to enjoy our small back yard because of wasps hovering over the grass. I don’t see any nests. How can I get rid of them? I live in southern California.

  34. Mike says:

    Save the Wasp! Ouch, ah forget it.

  35. jim says:

    You ever tried Charlie’s Soap All-Purpose Cleaner? There’s not much it won’t clean, but it kills wasps and hornets, too. I’ve tried it and it works. Cheaper than aerosols and more convenient than homemade traps. Just don’t hang around after spraying next. There must be something to it, if only because of their delightful “caution” on the bottle: “Do not spray directly on cockroaches, fire ants, fleas, ticks, termites, spiders, scorpions, wasps or hornets. In case of accidental exposure, rinse unlucky creatures with potable water for 15 minutes and contact your local Humane Society or qualified insect veterinarian for further instructions.”

  36. Bill says:

    Agreeing with an earlier post, wasps are a work of the devil. They target and KILL honeybees just because they can. They do no earthly good as far as I can determine. Although I have heard that some species (i do not know which) are being “trained” to make honey to replace honeybees, which are being killed off by what appears to be large-scale insecticide use on mega-farms.

  37. Seth says:

    I have never in my life seen so many people this worried about wasp! Ian a farmer and encounter them just about every day, if u don’t bother them they usually don’t bother you.but in the case that they do just spray they nest w diesel fuel and kill the damn things.

  38. Shae says:

    Thank you for the tips:) i just want them out of my kitchen

  39. Wasp hater says:

    I have had a vine problem in my back yard for a while now, and recently decided to eliminate that problem as they have been growing on my fences and things and actually tearing them down. Predictably, there are some areas of vines that when I go to pull on them, I get swarmed, every time. The fact that I haven’t been stung yet is nothing more than a testament to my own wariness and reaction speed.

    Unfortunately, in these areas, the nests are hidden, I simply can’t see them. I’ve tried using the hose to spray them down in hopes of battering them to the ground and drowning them. Yea, that really ticked them off. I also tried the bug spray method. Unfortunately, the vines seem to be providing excellent cover for the nests. While I have killed a few wasps here and there, the overall problem, ie the nest or queen or w/e, is still there, so I’m not really making any head way here.

    Unfortunately I have a bit of a phobia when dealing with these things, so yanking the vines just isn’t a viable option at this point. One thing is certain though; I must kill each and every last one of the suckers and send them all to hell. At this point I am too frustrated and angry with these things to let even a single one of them survive. So does anyone have any ideas on how to deal with this horrible hellish pestilence?

    • C Smythe says:

      I think I understand you want to remove the vines? Cut them at the base to kill them and when the leaves drop you have better access to spray any nests that are still active.

  40. White Raven says:

    I mix 1 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup water, a few squirts of lemon juice, a tablespoon of peppermint extract (from the grocer), a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon garlic powder or 1 crushed garlic clove, and a few squeezes of dish detergent. Besides the dish detergent, it’s all natural. I spray this around my gate and property and anywhere I see the stinging pests. I will also leave small dishes of it around very high traffic bee/wasp areas. Works like a charm they hate the stuff!

    I haven’t tested spraying directly on them, but from my research, it will kill them. The dish liquid removes the waxy protection on their bodies allowing the other acidic ingredients to burn them.

  41. Ms. Williams says:

    There is a great way to get rid of wasps that is safe, 100% guaranteed removal, quick, and easy. It’s called an exterminator. Ya’ll should try it. 😛

  42. Fawn says:

    God said we are to take possession of the earth and subdue it! I absolutely hate pesitcides of any kind, as they poison our world, but I just love some of the new traps – the one that looks like a bee hive works on wasps, who love my gas grill more than I do. I am going to try hanging a crumpled paper bag out next to the grill, and see if they will just leave me be – I can’t go out on the deck without being dive bombed and my son is highly allergic! Also, I bought a japanese beetle trap and within minutes, I had a whole bunch – they die and I clean them out and hang it up again – easy and effective.

  43. Grandma says:

    HELP!!! I am living in a house with a metal roof. Thousands of wasps have moved in under the grooves in the roof. They are finding their way into the house. We have caulked every possible hole we could find and called the exterminator. The nests are up inside the roof and I am living with 10-20 wasps in the house every day. I am highly allergic. Please help me with any helpful ideas…short of burning the house down!

    • Nana says:

      We lived in a house for 12 years that had terrible wasps in the walls, we tried everything to be rid of them, even smashed over 500 of them one afternoon in one bedroom. Our 3 older sons, and my husband each took one of the boys 8 inch building blocks and started squashing them 2-3 at a time. The next day early in the morning we packed up all the food and dishes and my houseplants, loaded all the kids in the van, we closed every window and door. My husband took 4 foggers of some type, starting in the attic, then the upstairs, then the main floor and last the basement exiting the basement door, he set one off on each floor. We went into town and spent the day at Grandmas, We came back home at 4 in the afternoon, opened the house all up. And moved ourselves back in. What was so amazing was exactly 4 feet out from the house, all the way around it there was an 8 inch wide pile of wasps about 1 inch deep. They were still wiggling a little but not much.

  44. Mike says:

    End the moral dilemma. Buy yourself a box of snack-sized zip lock bags. Fill each bag about 1/2 full of tap water. Add 6 copper Penny’s. Zip shut. You can lay these bags on top of shrubs, hang from trees, put near doors, put near nests, put under eves of house, any where you have a wasp problem.

    I use a paper punch above the seal to put a hole there, then use a paper clip to make a hanger, and hang them out of sight in trees, shrubs, etc.

    It takes about 3 days to get results. I think the chemical reaction of the copper actually comes through the plastic of the bag. Others say it is just the sight of the contraption they don’t like. I have rid myself of hundreds of them on my shrubs on a front patio, and out of trees in my side yard. I was told this is popular in outside eating areas in the South. It works!!!

    They have moved into 4 big pine trees out back & buzz around there. The bags eliminated them from lower branches.

    My next project is to hoist a perforated garden hose up each tree, and then use chemicals to spray out up there on those branches. I will shoot an arrow with string attached over a top branch so it is doubled back to the ground. Then hook on a small nylon rope or laundry rope and pull it over the top. Then add the perforated hose and hoist it up there, trying to get it close to the tree trunk. At the ground I will attach my garden-hose pest sprayer and a garden hose to faucet, and spray away. Hope this works! I have to find an archer around locally to do the shooting for me. I can leave the hose strung up there for next years use.

    • bob Bacon says:

      Just tie a brick to a thin rope, flip it over the tree branch, and tie your hose to the rope. Fish it through, and use the brick to hold it.

  45. ray says:

    Genesis 1:27-29
    King James Version (KJV)
    27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
    28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
    Definition of SUBDUE
    1: to conquer and bring into subjection : vanquish
    2: to bring under control especially by an exertion of the will : curb
    3: to bring (land) under cultivation
    4: to reduce the intensity or degree of : tone down
    I just reduced the intensity, and degree of, hornets and wasp ,running my hummingbirds off their feeders.They need all the food they can get.They are about to fly “NON STOP” up to 2000 miles. I’ve got plenty of wasp and hornets to spare!

  46. Cathy says:

    Hello, I have lots and lots of wasps in my house and they are I think coming through my vents. It’s a nightmare. I think I have killed at least a hundred just today, please help me on how to get rid of them, both of my boys have been stung. They seem very aggressive too and are pretty huge.

    • Dee says:

      Buy some window screening material. Loosen vent screws and place vent-sized screen above vent. Replace screws. That should keep them from coming into the house throug the vents, but you probably need extra help (including a cold night so it is safer) to get them out of the attic.

  47. Tom Woodall says:

    Thank you for this idea about killing wasps.
    Now my cat won’t be trying to catch them!

  48. Jacob says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but the wasps in my house are in my room and bathroom! I also saw them in the kitchen, too. They are going down!

  49. Bull says:

    seriously super soaker with dish soap its not instant so be weary. wasps will be dead with in a minute cheap fun and i was being over run its better now plus im not bying 3 cans of spray a day with minimal results.

  50. Kelly says:

    Well although I understand that we are all Gods creature and I truly feel terrible seeing any innocent creature die, wasps are not harmless little creatures. Just like any scenario if they aren’t bugging u leave them be. However if they stalk u on your brand new deck and intentionally try and sting u they are now a Problem and need irradicated. Some of you would truly feel terrible if your loved one was harmed because they are allergic when u had the chance to fix it. They repopulate by the thousands daily… They aren’t going anywhere!

  51. Sally Suzie says:

    At my house we just recently had a screened in patio built so we could enjoy the outside but it was not built well. So while we are tring to fix this probklem wasp are zipping inside but only a few but they do chase us so we will use this. So try the screened in porch maybe just make sure it is built well.

  52. Tammy says:

    @ Tree huggers: I understand you have to respect nature, but you also have to use common sense when it comes to protecting yourself and your loved ones. If a bear invades your home and tries to attack you, you have the right to kill it out of self defense. If roaches invade your home spreading disease, you have the right to kill them in self defense. If fleas and ticks invade your dog, you have the right to kill the bugs to defend your dog. If wasps invade your home and sting you, you have the right to kill the wasps in self defense. As long as critters stay in the woods it’s ok to respect them and let them live. If critters invade your home, all bets are off and you have to fight for your own survival.

  53. Nancy says:

    We had a large wasp nest hanging from our big apple tree in the back yard about 3 years ago. My husband waited till almost dark to allow the wasps to return to the nest and then douched in in gasoline and set it on fire. This got rid of the wasps and we haven’t seen any since then. If a swarm returns again we will use this same procedure to get rid of them again.

  54. MB says:

    Wanted to offer another option. There are professionals who collect hornets nests/wasps nests for the people who make anti venom. I asked the local Extension Service/Master Gardener folks for a referral. The downside is they will want the nests to be about football-sized to be worthwhile collecting. But if you can wait that long, it is a useful solution to the problem. Also the fellow I contacted let me know the hornets have a natural predator and that is raccoons. Evidently like somebody else’s chickens, raccoons find these insects a delicious treat. Of course raccoons are pesky too in their own way.

  55. butcher99 says:

    For the upside down one a clear bottle will produce 10X the kill. If they fly out the hole on the bottom where they get in needs to be smaller. They need to have to crawl in. If they can fly in they will fly out. With a clear bottle they spiral up and into the bottle then FRY IN THE HEAT. With green they seem to go up then reverse back down. I cut little legs then duct tape down to my BBQ when it is off obviously. The BBQ smell seems to attract them. a little piece of burger gets them in. They cut a piece off then try to fly up and out. THEN THEY FRY IN THE HEAT!!!!!

  56. sammy says:

    I just killed 5 of them with listerene in a spray bottle. Vinegar will neutralize stings instantly. Works for jellyfish too. Also listerene is effective misquito repellent i put on my cat.

  57. jojo says:

    I have a wasp nest in my roof just above my daughters bedroom window. I can’t open there window as the wasps just fly in. Ive had to buy a fan to try and keep them cool at night as its so hot. We can’t use my front garden for all the wasps flying round and they have started coming over the house into the back yard now. I have to keep all doors and windows shut during the day. I can get to the nest as its in the roof. Dont know how to get rid of them.

  58. Nancy T says:

    I note the location that the wasps used in previous years and spray those locations with WD40 the next year. WD40 comes with a 6″ tube nozzle now days. It directs a stream long enough to reach the eves of my home.

    I also hang grey bags that look like wasp nests. I got them from Lehman’s but you can make your own.

  59. Mrs. M. says:

    I learned this awhile ago and it works wonders. Cut off a five-inch section of a panty hose leg. Tie a knot in one end. Put about 5 moth balls inside. Knot the other end and hang where you think wasp might nest (ex: under eaves, around doors, around porches, sheds, garages, etc.). It works, it’s cheap, environmentally friendly, and you don’t have to kill anything!

  60. Lsa says:

    The bottom line is that those who want to save the lives and nests of wasps and hornets have never been attacked by them. Personally, I don’t feel I have the right to kill ANY creature, but not killing wasps and hornets could translate to death of a human or pet. The choice between the stinging pests and us is a no-brainier.
    If God really did create wasps and hornets, he wouldn’t have let us create WD40, now would He?

  61. Rose Marie Swensen says:

    .I can’t believe all that I am cracks me up..its like reading a soap opera…if it bites. dangerous ..just kill it..take care of ever you see fit to do so !!!!

  62. Eng says:

    Hi I get rid of any visible wasp nest by boiling water & pouring it right in the top & worked great , my problem is the wasp nest inside the roof in the front door ,I can see it what should I use . I am afraid to use the trap because if I removed I might get stung
    any advice

  63. eddie norton says:

    cut juice bottle neck off turn neck upside down in the bot tle put 1 peach
    in juice bottle watch the wasp and flys go in the jar

  64. Lynsley says:

    I got a lot of great ideas,and LOL this evening , reading all the coments.
    I am very alergic to wasp stings, I have been stung on the arm a week later my face, and then my hand,and now my arm again. I work in my yard a lot,and love my flower,but the wasps love them to.I also have a fountain that they love to hang around.I have learned to take benadryl as soon as I get stung,I still end up at urgent care,and they say it is the best thing to do because I turn purple and swell up tripple.I will try all of the helpful hints.Thank You All.

  65. LINDA says:

    I finally am rid of wasps permenantly! It’s been over two years since I saw one around my property. The solution is the simplest thing I’ve ever done. I hung up brown paper bags (blown each up as if I was going to pop it). That’s it. The wasps see it as another nest and being territorial stay away. I have one in the front, one in the back and never see them now. The first bag was a Hardees takeout bag, and it’s almost disintergrated now from various winds and rain, but it’s still there and the wasps aren’t! Once I saw that that one worked, I put the other out the front.
    I was brushing the beginnings of wasps nests down DAILY until I put up the bags. If you wanted to weather proof them a little, you could spray varnish on them, or otherwise waterproof them, but I’ve never bothered. No toxic chemicals, no wasps stinging me (except once with an underground nest), no daily clearing away would be nesters…as I said, simplest thing ever.

  66. Lisa says:

    OK i am on both sides of the fence. i am ok with the wasps being outside where they belong but would like to get them out and keep them of the house as we are both allergic and have already had 6 in the house in 2 weeks!! they are in the walls and cant afford to tear off n replace all the sidiing! plus an exterminator!

  67. Judy says:

    I raise Monarch butterflies and bring in the caterpillars and release the butterflies after they eclose from the chrysalis. If left outside to complete their life cycle from egg to butterfly very few will make it. When going out to bring in eggs or caterpillars it is awful to find a wasp eating a caterpillar or to find the remains of where a wasp ate one. I will continue to kill any wasp I find. I just read that if you spray the wasp with hair spray it will be the end of the wasp. Just go to the dollar store for hair spray. I’ll be going there tomorrow.
    Pesticides can not be used around the Milkweed plants, the host plant for Monarchs as it would kill the butterflies therefore the hairspray would only be toxic to the wasps.

  68. trisha says:

    We just moved into a trailer that has been vacant for a while wasps have taken over just about every room only one is wasp free my husband says as long as u don’t mess with them they wont mess with u I told him there are about 7 nest in the trailer and that they will attack if ur too close to the nest he don’t believe me made some bottle traps cause I have a 3 year old a4 year old and a 3 month old and I have a huge phobia of bees hopefully it works just wish wasps would stay in the woods and away from me

  69. tom eyre says:

    If you have a shop vacuum fsten the vacuum end tight beside the entranse to the nest !

    When the wasps return to the nest they will investigate the hose end an be sucked into the vacuum cleaner. Spray wasp poison into the nozzle end and the poison is sucked into the vacuum to kill the wasps.
    Be sure to put the vacuum cleaner in shade to prevent overheating on hot days.
    I once got a 3 gallon vacuum 3/4 full from just where the flashing covers the brickwork near my front door.
    This is a surefire way to capture and kill huge nests without any danger

  70. Stingakilla says:

    I not only have a problem with wasps this year, now the horseflies seem to have multiplied like crazy last winter!!! How can I get rid of both species ???? Mother Nature , I am not in the mood for your comments……I have had it in for you since my home flooded in August 2016 and I lost everything!

    • Coloradokid says:

      I just saw a wasp sting a hummer. They say the venom will kill him. What did that hummer do to that wasp? I love my hummingbirds, it is time for battle!

  71. Lil says:

    We had a large paper wasp in the peak of our Log Cabin. The husband decided to go out with a power washer on jet stream to remove it and low and behold several of the soldiers followed directly above the trajectory of the stream and he was stung badly in the face. And this was in the evening when they were last active.

  72. Gpsgrl says:

    Wasps kill bees, bees pollinate plants, plants feed feed live stock & humans, wasps are dangerous& aggressive, honey bees are not.
    Please manage wasps.
    Any wasp trap suggestions that don’t hurt honey bees please?

  73. Susie says:

    My wasps are nesting inside a chunk of my block crawl space, so I can’t see or access the nest. How do I handle this?

  74. Deborah says:

    We had wasps in our attic. Small area, hard to access. Could not sit on our deck, swim in the pool or enjoy the yard without dozens of them swarming you. The not only had over 2 dozen nests in the attic but started building nest under the deck railings. Called an exterminator who said he would/could not handle the volume of wasps we had. He gave me the name of a wildlife preservationist whom I followed up with. He came out and said we had an infestation of wasps, largest he has seen. Came out the next day, suited up and crawled into the attic space blowing a dust that he said gets onto their wings and they die. Then he sprayed something under the porch railing as well. After a week we noticed more wasps, so he returned and repeated the process. Suggested that we put steel wool in all areas that they could enter the attic as well as flashing under the drip edge. So far 🙂 life is good.

  75. CanadaNurse says:

    People have the right to enjoy the outdoors and protect their homes and families… as long as they do it carefully. No to the use of gasoline and WD40 because it’s dangerous (flammable) and could harm other helpful animals and insects like birds, butterflies and ladybugs who also help pollinate and don’t harm humans. Serveral years ago our yard was bombarded with wasps. My kids couldn’t even play outside. We found servers tiny nests, that were about the size of a pear. I did a lot of research to get rid of the nests and found that they would just make new ones, so we put up fake looking nests temporarily, because fake nests don’t hold up to Canadian rain, wind and snow. I learned that the best thing is to be proactive. Early spring before you even see wasps is when you need to get busy. The queen is in control and if you get rid of her, the rest of the wasps will go far away to find a new queen. There are traps that use natural pheromones. This helps to attract the queen wasp, but other good insects and birds are unaffected. This is our 3rd year and it’s been wonderful. We keep a trap up with soapy, sugary water for the rest of the summer just in
    case. You can’t prevent wasps 100% because the scouts are out getting food. If you are diligent in the spring you can prevent nests. For anyone with allergies to wasps, I would call a professional to get rid of them, it isn’t worth your life, especially if you can’t see the nest. Regular sized nests can have 600-800 wasps. Apparently red wasp nests can have 3000-5000. Remember that each wasp can sting more then once! To the person who said they would rather get a centipede bite… OMG! I saw more Centipede bites in the ER then wasp stings. Centipedes have hollow legs like claws, known as “poison-claws”, which cause
    multiple wounds and blisters as they crawl across the skin. When the centipede bites, it injects venom. They are incredibly painful and cause extreme redness and swelling, which is the regular reaction, not an allergic reaction. This can last up to 48 hours. The pain can be so bad that I have seen adults cry. Some people are more sensitive and can have headache, chest pain, heart tremors, nausea and vomiting. They also have increased risk of causing infections like cellulitis. Every centipede bite should be checked by a
    medical professional to make sure it’s cleaned and dressed properly. Not many people get infected wasp
    stings. Sorry for the extra little rant, I just wanted to point out this information!

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