Wednesday, October 7, 2020

DIY: How to keep away hornets and wasps naturally.

Those of you that have been here a while know that I am  P E T R I F I E D  of bugs.  We're not talking about the average fear of bugs that most people suffer from.  I'm talking about a fear that I may throw a baby, scream in public, and run at the sight of one.

To keep my fear under control, we hire an exterminator to come at least twice a year.  He sprays the perimeter of the house, the lawn, and the bushes.  He even sprays the roof!  Seriously..  No matter how much spraying he does, there isn't much he can do about flying, stinging creatures.  He told me to do research on landscaping to act as a deterrent for hornets, wasps, and bees.  For the most part it worked, except for these GIGANTIC, jet black, ugly hornets.  They love our wood deck and would come to sunbathe on it all day long.

When all else failed, I decided to go to the all knowing gurus of all things.  I made a post in the local mom's group to see if they had any ideas.  Most of the mom's just sympathized and followed the post to see if there was an answer.  But, one mom, my new favorite mom BTW, had a little golden nugget of wisdom to share!

natural method to exterminate wasps; chemical free method to get rid of bees

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How to naturally deter hornets and wasps.

Wasps and hornets are territorial creatures that won't enter another hive's turf.   This means that the easiest and most natural way to keep them away is to fake them out. 

Not Fun Fact- Hornets are just another type of wasp.  They're bigger and fatter, but still a wasp.  

After doing some research, I found this mom's advice to be absolutely true.  The best way to keep wasps far away from you is to hang a decoy wasp nest.  The wasps will think that the area was already claimed by a different hive and leave it be.

Originally, I thought I would save a few bucks and ask my great aunt to knit me a fake nest.  Flash forward to when my exterminator told me it looked like a coconut.  It failed, miserably.

I didn't give up.  Instead I decided to do a little more research and found some realistic looking AND AFFORDABLE fake wasp nests.  To start, I only purchased one and hung in the far corner of my deck area.  Problem solved.  I waited two solid weeks and didn't see one single hornet or wasp.  After the initial two weeks, I purchased two more.  One I hung up near my feeders since they unfortunately attract all sorts of stinging things and the other I hung up near the front door.

Ladies and gentleman, I did not see any wasps for the rest of the season.  For the first time in a long time, I was able to sit outside and enjoy family time.  I got to play in the pool with the kids and I was able to eat on the deck in peace.  It was honestly the best investment that I ever made and it was a hell of a lot cheaper than an exterminatorI couldn't believe that after all this time there was such a natural, effective, and cost efficient way of keeping wasps and hornets away.  It makes me wonder why this method isn't more widely know.

I plan to leave it hanging all Winter long that way I don't miss the first bee that flies by next year.  I'll update the post at the point to let you know how it survived the Winter.

Please note, the decoy nest does not work on honey bees, bumble bees, or yellow jackets.  I still had all of the above visiting my plants and flowers.  Luckily, our visitors were mostly honey bees and bumble bees which really don't bother me.

Have you ever used a fake wasp nest?


  1. So cunning! I'm only ever annoyed by mosquitoes and by spiders who will make a new net on my balcony ten minutes after I clean it up, there is just no way fighting them off. Instead, I give them names and talk to them occasionally.... not that that is particularly healthy, but better be friends than enemies....

    1. Eep!! You make friends with them?? I would invest in a can of Raid instead.. LOL

  2. Omg, how have I ever heard of this? That is crazy that it works because I’d think they couldn’t be tricked since the decoy is silent! We had a huge bald hornet nest in a crabapple tree by our front door a few years ago. It’s a fun family story of how my husband and son got rid of it. Fortunately, they haven’t been back and yellow jackets are the only issue, but I will keep this in mind for the future. Thank you!

    On the topic of freaking out over bugs, I’m petrified of centipedes and I’ve seen two this week in my house. They are the WORST!

    1. Right? It's like they don't want us to know so that we keep investing money into exterminators and chemicals that don't really solve the problem. While the nest was there, did it act as a deterrent? You should have kept it up!! lol I still can't figure out how to get rid of yellow jackets. If you find out the cure to that one, please share. :)

  3. I never knew what they were, but once you told me you used a fake one, I've been looking and have seen 100s of them over the last few months. Seems people know around here. I didn't, but many obviously do.

  4. A fake decoy, you say? I'll have to get one of those. Jason got stung a few years ago while mowing the lawn and that's when we found out he's allergic to bee stings. Now, we have to have epi pens with us at all times.


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