2. Grow wasp repelling plants
Taking a look and your landscaping by removing flowers from the places you like to hang out and adding some green plants into the mix can be a great way to deter wasps, as plants like spearmint, thyme citronella, eucalyptus, and wormwood serve as natural wasp deterrents. Grow them in your yard or garden in an area you’d like to enjoy wasp-free. In addition to their ability to chase the insects away, they naturally add beauty.
3. Use peppermint oil
Not only do wasps stay away from spearmint, they don’t seem to like any type of mint, which is why peppermint oil can be so effective at repelling them. A study published in the Journal of Pest Management Science in 2013, reported outstanding results with peppermint oil. In addition to planting any type of mint in your garden, you can simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton pad and place them strategically around the outside of your home where wasps like to build nests, such as porch roofs, under eaves and other crevices and ledges. Target spots where you’ve discovered old nests in the past and some types of wasps build new tests in the same locations again and again.
4. A Wasp Repelling Essential Oil Blend
The same research referenced above, also found that a blend of lemongrass, clove and geranium essential oils managed to completely repel worker wasps. You might try apply a mix of several drops of each of the oils in a spray bottle filled with water, and a few squirts of dish soap. Coat the areas outside of your house, as before, in places wasps are known to build nests, to keep them away.