What Repels Wasps and Bees?

Repel wasps and bees by removing food sources, sealing entry points and using traps or repellents. If these strategies are unsuccessful, it may be necessary to locate the nest or hive and destroy it.

Removing food sources from outside areas is a useful strategy to cut down on wasps or bees, particularly during the summer. Pet food, BBQ or picnic scraps, rotting fruit, open compost piles and uncovered garbage cans all serve to attract wasps, while sweet items such as soda or juices can attract bees. If insects are coming inside, try to locate their point of entry and seal it off. Unsealed vents, cracks in the walls or door frames, torn screens and open dampers can all serve to let wasps inside.

Traps and repellents are also useful to deter wasps and bees. White distilled vinegar placed in containers around the yard can repel bees. Glass wasp traps can lure wasps in with sweet smells, and fake wasps nests can actually keep wasps away from a yard.

If these methods don’t repel the insects, it may be necessary to remove their hives or nests. Treat aerial or ground nests with aerosol insect killers, but this is best performed at night when the insects are less active. Concealed nests inside a home typically only occur with wasps, but these are more difficult to remove and best left to professionals.