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Amazing Homemade 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 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.

Amazing Natural Wasp Repellent

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.

wasp hive

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.

wasp nest

How do you make 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.


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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.

Genee Boger

Sunday 30th of June 2019

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

Amber Ferguson

Thursday 10th of May 2018

Hello! What a great post! I am featuring you today at TFT! I hope you will link up with us again! Have a great weekend ahead!