Essential Oil Wasp Repellent Recipe

Essential oils are a natural and safe way to repel wasps. This easy Essential Oil Wasp Repellent Recipe is an effective, toxin-free solution to help keep unwelcome pests away from your outdoor spaces. Not only will it deter wasps but it can also act as a deterrent for other insects. It’s simple to make and cost-effective, so you can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about pesky pests. Read on to learn more about this essential oil wasp repellent recipe!

If you’re tired of constantly swatting at wasps that seem to swarm around your home or garden, then you might want to try Natural Wasp Repellent Tips. There’s no need to resort to dangerous chemicals to get rid of these buzzing pests. Instead, you can take advantage of natural solutions that are not only eco-friendly but also safe for your family and pets. From planting certain herbs and flowers to making DIY traps, you’ll find plenty of effective ways to keep wasps at bay. With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor space without having to deal with pesky wasps!

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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.

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Thyme, rosemary, and lavender.

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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.

So – you can use either recipe to repel wasps. Add rosemary to your recipe if you have it for added security.

What Smells Do Wasps Hate?

If you’re anything like me, the last thing you want is an invasive wasp buzzing around your outdoor space. While we can all agree that prevention is the best approach to keep these pesky insects at bay, knowing a few natural repellents certainly doesn’t hurt. Many people have found that wasps have a strong aversion to certain scents, such as peppermint, lemongrass, and clove oil.

Also, planting herbs like basil or mint around your outdoor area can be both decorative and effective in repelling unwanted wasps. So, next time you’re out enjoying your garden or relaxing on your porch, try incorporating some of these natural repellents to keep those wasps far, far away!

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Why Do Wasps Hate the Smell of Clove

Have you ever wondered why wasps seem to dislike the smell of clove? Well, it turns out that there’s some actual science behind this peculiar reaction. The essential oil found in cloves contains a compound called eugenol, which some studies suggest can be repellent to certain insects, including wasps.

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In fact, eugenol has been used in some natural insect repellents as an alternative to harsher chemicals. So if you’re looking to keep wasps at bay during your outdoor gatherings, consider using some clove-scented candles or diffusers. Your guests (and your skin) will thank you!

Wasps Don’t like Geraniums!

Have you ever wondered why wasps are so repelled by the scent of geraniums? Well, let me tell you. It turns out that geraniums contain a chemical called citronellal, which is commonly found in insect repellents. When wasps encounter the aroma of geraniums, they associate it with danger and retreat in order to protect themselves.

geranium for wasp deterrent

But don’t worry, you don’t have to cover yourself in geraniums to keep wasps away. Simply planting them in your garden or placing a few pots on your patio can help keep these pesky insects at bay. Plus, they add a beautiful pop of color and a pleasant aroma to your outdoor space!

Why Do Wasps Avoid Lemongrass?

Have you ever wondered why wasps seem to steer clear of certain scents or plants in your garden? Well, one smell that they definitely can’t stand is lemongrass! It turns out that the essential oils found in lemongrass contain citronella, and wasps have a strong aversion to this fragrance.

lemongrass for wasp repellent

You might not love the pungent aroma of lemongrass, but if you want to keep those pesky wasps away from your backyard barbeque or picnic, give it a try! Not only will it repel wasps, but it’s a natural and non-toxic solution for a pest-free outdoor space. Just be sure to use pure essential oil or fresh lemongrass in your DIY insect repellent – those sugary drinks and foods are still fair game for the buzzing pests!

rocky mountain essential oils

I love Rocky Mountain Oils because of their quality 100% pure essential oils that require no minimum purchase and always gives FREE shipping! Plus they always have specials going on!

Rocky Mountain Oils’ essential oils are verified by a third-party, independent lab. GC/MS tests verify purity and quality of the oils sold so you can look at the bottom of the bottle to find your individual batch code and then input that number into our website to pull up the GC/MS test results.

Rocky Mountain Products can be returned for any reason, even if opened, for up to 90 days. RMO also pays for our customers’ return shipping expenses to make our ordering process completely risk-free.

RMO includes three different icons for recommended use on each bottle for easy reference: Diffuse, Topical Application and Household. So you can look at the bottle and know in what way it’s intended for use.

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Homemade Wasp Repellent

Materials

  • 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)

Instructions

  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.
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28 Comments

  1. I had no idea you could repel wasps! I’m terrified of any type of bee. I actually have rosemary plants on my deck to help keep the mosquitoes away. I’ll have to make up this repellent too. My daughter is as afraid of wasps as I am. #ThriftyThursday

  2. Vicki, this is amazing information! I pinned it to the Over the Moon Link Party Board as well as my personal oily living board. I have chosen you as my Featured Blogger at this week’s Over the Moon Link Party. Come back from Sunday evening through Thursday evening and grab your Featured Blogger badge and share some new posts with us. Congratulations!

  3. I like the idea of a natural repellent. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing on Happiness is Homemade link party. Shared and pinned.

  4. Good information to know! It hasn’t been too bad this year so far, but our back yard has been a real attraction for wasps for the last several years. It makes it hard to enjoy it when all you do is try to stay away from the wasps!

  5. We have citronella candles which we use if we are out in the garden in the summer which work fairly well at keeping all type of flying pests at bay but some can be a little persistent! I’ll give this s try. thanks. Pinning.

  6. We have citronella candles which we use if we are out in the garden in the summer which work fairly well at keeping all type of flying pests at bay but some can be a little persistent! I’ll give this s try. thanks. Pinning.

  7. Vicki this is wonderful information. My grandchildren are afraid of wasps and so am I. I spray their nests when I find them, but this repellant would add an extra form of protection. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  8. The kids are not the one’s who freak out! The grown ups are and then the kids. No one wants to be stung so it’s understandable. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  9. This is awesome. We get wasps sometimes as it’s really dry and hot where we live. Last year we had to have a nest taken down. Those things freak me out. lol Pinned & sharing. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party @DearCreatives See you again soon.

  10. I needed this just recently Vicki, so I’m thrilled that you shared your recipe for wasp repellent at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your recipe at tomorrow nights party and pinning too!

  11. Was wondering I want to keep them away from my humming bird feeders will this bother the humming birds or my Yorkies,or could I just put out citronella oil with out burning it to keep them away

  12. 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?

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