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You Can Use Peppermint Oil for Wasp Control

Summer is a great time for barbecues and picnics, but it can also be an annoying time for wasps. If you’ve ever had a swarm of wasps descend on your food, you know how frustrating it can be. Peppermint Oil for Wasp Control will help keep them away. Plus, it smells good too! So next time you’re planning a summer picnic, make sure to bring some peppermint oil with you. You’ll be glad you did!

There are many Uses for Peppermint Oil. For example, it can be used to deter wasps. Peppermint oil can also be used as a natural cleaning agent. Finally, peppermint oil can be used to soothe an upset stomach. Whether you’re dealing with wasps, cleaning your house, or just trying to get rid of an upset stomach, peppermint oil is a helpful tool to have on hand.

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Why Use Peppermint Oil for Wasp Control?

If you’re looking for a natural way to get rid of wasps, peppermint oil is a great option. This essential oil has insecticidal properties that can help kill wasps and keep them away from your home. Plus, it’s safe to use around children and pets.

You may think that you are simply spraying the wasp repellent once and everything will be fine. But spraying just that once will spray the harmful chemicals into the air, the droplets landing on anything within a few feet and entering the respiratory system of anyone standing nearby. But this kind of pesticide is so acutely toxic it can cause harmful effects after one single episode of ingestion, inhalation or skin contact.

Symptoms of insecticide toxicity include:

  • respiratory tract irritation, sore throat and/or cough
  • allergic sensitization
  • eye and skin irritation
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • headache, loss of consciousness
  • extreme weakness, seizures and/or death
  • Long term (or chronic) toxicity

Long term pesticide exposure has been linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease; asthma; depression and anxiety; cancer, including leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma; and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Does Peppermint Oil Keep Wasps Away?

You’re enjoying a peaceful summer day in your backyard when suddenly, a wasp buzzes by your head. As you reach for the peppermint oil, you wonder – does peppermint really keep wasps away?

It turns out that peppermint oil is one of the most effective natural wasp control agents available. Wasps are highly sensitive to smells, and the strong minty scent of peppermint oil is particularly offensive to them. When applied to areas where wasps are active, peppermint oil will quickly send them packing. In addition, peppermint oil can also be used to deter wasps from building nests in the first place. Simply apply a few drops around potential nest sites, and the wasps will find another place to build their home.

So if you’re looking for a safe and effective way to keep wasps at bay, reach for the peppermint oil. It just might be the answer to your summertime prayer.

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What Smells Do Wasps Hate?

If wasps are becoming a problem in your yard or garden, you may be wondering what smell do wasps hate? Luckily, there are a few scents that can help keep wasps away. Wasps are particularly sensitive to the smell of citrus, so using lemon or orange oil can help deter them. You can also try using essential oils like eucalyptus or peppermint. Wasps also dislike the smell of smoke, so burning citronella candles can help keep them at bay. Finally, wasps are attracted to sweets, so keeping food and drinks covered can help prevent them from coming into your home or garden. By experiment with different smells, you can find the best way to keep wasps away from your property.

What Can We Use Instead of Insecticide?

How can we rid our homes and yards of wasps? Better yet – how can we repel wasps without actually killing them? Wasps are actually beneficial to the environment and killing them off would be catastrophic to the ecosystem.

But – wasps hate peppermint oil. They just don’t like strong-smelling herbs like mint.

How to Use Peppermint Oil for Wasp Control

You can easily make a peppermint oil wasp spray that will deter wasps from coming to your yard and setting up shop. This will also not only prevent hugely harmful side effects from the chemicals in insecticides, but peppermint is really beneficial to humans.

The strong scent of peppermint and other ingredients will make the wasps leave your property without killing them. It is important to spray the solution on other places where they can make a nest like eaves, railings, etc. To completely solve the problem, use this peppermint oil wasp spray after every few days for the complete removal of the wasps.

The only concern about peppermint oil is to make sure you wash your hands after handling it and don’t touch your eyes!

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How Often Do You Need to Spray Peppermint Oil to Keep Wasps Away?

You should spray the peppermint oil mixture every few days. Once you see a reduction in wasp activity, you can probably get away with just spraying once a week. The oil and soap help the peppermint oil spray mixture stick to plant leaves.

Don’t apply this spray on a sunny day, because the oils can cause foliage to burn.

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Wasp Control Peppermint Oil Spray

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients and shake well.
  2. If there is a nest, spray the solution on it. Make sure you wear long-sleeve shirt and pants and gloves.
  3. Spray in other places where they can make a nest like railings, eaves, steps or window shutters.
  4. Spray the solution after every couple of days.
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Tammie

Sunday 9th of June 2019

We have a problem in our pool area. We watch the wasp land, take a drink and fly over to our neighbors. Our neighbor had no children or pool, so they really are not concerned. Today I have sprayed my pool deck, fence and grass in the pool area. This natural spray I hope works. I have children and I have to figure out how to claim my Arizona pool back!

Dana

Monday 15th of July 2019

I'm in the same boat! I just want to lay out in my pool without dodging wasps all day. My son won't even swim with them around... I sure hope this works!!

Shelley

Friday 24th of May 2019

Isn't this dangerous to outdoor cats?

Vicki

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Hi Shelley - it can be! But if you are making the peppermint oil spray for wasp control you are going to spray it where wasps congregate (railings, eaves, steps or window shutters) and not where your kitty likes to hang out. The good news is this spray is diluted and would likely not cause major harm to your cat if it comes into accidental contact with it.

Beverly

Tuesday 17th of July 2018

Wow, I had no idea that wasp did not like mint. What a great recipe to control them. Stop by Thursday Favorite Things since you are being featured. Hugs, Bev

Rebecca

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Oh my gosh! This post may have just saved my summer- the wasps are taking over my backyard :( We would love for you to come link up for Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday over at R&R at home!

Life Diet Health

Monday 9th of July 2018

Thanks Vicki - I never knew wasps didn't like mint, we have several in and out of the allotment shed so this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.