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Amazing Essential Oil Wasp Repellent Recipe

Wasps are creepy and the thought of them flying around with a chance of stinging makes me shudder. They are mean creatures and it doesn’t take much to set them off. This amazingly effective essential oil wasp repellent recipe was proven to work in a Pest Management Science study through the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Try these Natural Wasp Repellent Tips to keep them away.

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Essential Oil Wasp Repellent Recipe

When the warmer weather arrives, the bugs come out full-force. Most of the wasp repellents in the stores are made with chemicals and very harmful ingredients that can be very dangerous to have around pets and children.

The wasp’s body includes a sac of venom attached to a smooth stinger. When a bee or wasp stings, the sac contracts, pumping venom into the flesh.

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Why Do Wasps Sting?

Wasps sting to defend themselves. If a female wasp feels her home is under attack or threatened she will protect the wasp nest and sting. Wasps also simply get annoyed. The constant waving of arms and newspapers while trying to get rid of a wasp can make it very annoyed and feel threatened.

So when I found this study showing how effective essential oils are for repelling wasps, I felt like I was Charlie Bucket with the golden ticket! This is just amazing information to have to keep wasps away. I really don’t want to have to kill the wasps, because they actually are beneficial. Yup, seriously folks! Read about this here: How to Get Rid of Wasps.

According to a Pest Management Science Study, all of these oils specifically repel wasps and hornets:

  • clove
  • pennyroyal
  • lemongrass
  • ylang ylang
  • spearmint
  • wintergreen
  • sage
  • rosemary
  • lavender
  • geranium
  • patchouli
  • citronella
  • roman chamomile
  • thyme
  • fennel seed
  • anise
  • peppermint

These repellent essential oils and their active compositions have great potential for efficient, environmentally sound semiochemical-based(1) IPM (Integrated Pest Management) of pestiferous vespid wasps.

thyme rosemary and lavender
Thyme, rosemary, and lavender.

The Golden Ticket

Two essential oil mixtures TOTALLY blocked the attraction of vespid workers. Did you know that’s another term for wasps? I love that the oils merely block the attraction, rather than hurting them. You can just keep them away from you and your family and the wasps can go off and do what they need to do in nature.

These TWO oil mixtures are shown to completely block wasps and hornets:
clove, geranium and lemongrass AND clove, geranium, lemongrass and rosemary.

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How Do You Make this Homemade Wasp Repellent?

8oz spray bottle
4oz Distilled water
3oz Witch Hazel
1/2 tsp Glycerin (helps hold mixture together)
10-15 drops clove oil
10-15 drops geranium oil
10-15 drops lemongrass oil
10 drops rosemary oil (optional)


  1. Fill 8oz spray bottle halfway with distilled water
  2. Add witch hazel (to fill almost to the top)
  3. Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin
  4. Add essential oils. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be.
Homemade Wasp Repellent Recipe
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(1) Semiochemical Definition: A pheromone or other chemical that conveys a signal from one organism to another so as to modify the behavior of the recipient organism.



Tuesday 29th of June 2021

ok so i made my mixture and i sprayed it all over my porch and around my front door and i went back a few mins later thinking id spray some extra jst to be safe and holy mother of God! wasps were swarming my door so badly i couldnt get out. any advice would be great and they were both red and black wasps. i have also tried this mixture on myself and i had wasps and bees seemingly bullying me if you will, like going as far as flying into me i dont know what to do but in from the city now living in the country and i can barely go outside because of this issue.


Sunday 6th of June 2021

Does it matter what type of water to use? I don't have distilled water


Thursday 10th of June 2021

Yes I'm sure it's fine if you use regular water, but try to make sure it's filtered at least.


Monday 2nd of September 2019

My office has an infestation and I’m terrified-for real. I wanted to use this around the light fixtures that they are coming in, hoping that this solution will repel them from this entry point. What’s your take on this?


Monday 9th of September 2019

If you can spray it so that it isn't near the electrical I think it would be fine. Spray it as close as you can get!

Roseann Hampton

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

I've been stung by a wasp one too many times! I definitely need this spray! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!


Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Great idea for a natural wasp repellent.