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July 27, 2021

Wasps: How to Kill Them



You’ve probably had this experience: you go outside to enjoy a nice picnic or barbecue, only to have annoying wasps join you. Wasps can be relentless in their attacks on your food—or you. They may come one by one, but often, they come in droves, landing on your food and on your body. These pests can put a damper on your outdoor activities, ruining what could otherwise be a pleasant experience.


Wasps can be aggressive, too. If you discover an infestation in your home or yard, it’s important to act quickly and do something about the problem. Ignoring this can only lead to more wasps overrunning your property. Their painful sting can be a reminder of the danger they pose. It can be difficult to live in harmony with these unwanted guests. Fortunately, there are ways to chase them off and even eliminate them for good.


Hire a Pest Control Company


Many people don’t want to bother trying to contend with wasps on their own. It’s a good thing you don’t have to. If you have a large infestation, it may be best to go right to a professional exterminator in San Antonio and rely on their expertiseand rely on their expertise. Pest control companies have the tools and training to kill wasps who are taking control of your yard.


A pest control company will begin by finding wasps hives. These nests are typically under the eaves of your home, under decks and porches, or on or inside sheds. The hives can be large and house hundreds of wasps. The exterminator can safely and effectively remove and destroy the hives.


Exterminators can also kill wasps that are getting into your home. Technicians will use spray and other insecticides to eliminate these insects and make your home wasp-free. They will find out how and where these pests enter your home and keep more from infiltrating your living space. Pest control companies are a good option when a wasp problem is overwhelming you.


Soap and Water


If you want to try to get rid of wasps on your own, there are various ways to kill them. You can even start with some household products that you’ve got on hand right now. You can start by mixing a couple of tablespoons of soap with a cup of water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle, and you have an effective wasp killer.


Spraying wasps with this homemade product will clog their breathing pores. As a result, the wasps will die almost instantly. You can spray wasps that you see one by one or even go for hives that wasps have built on your property. If you elect to spray hives, do so in the evening when these insects are less active. You should also wear protective clothing to reduce the risk of getting stung.




Vinegar is a useful product in cooking. You may also use it to clean surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom. A third use can come in handy if you have a wasp problem at home. Mixing equal parts of vinegar and water can make a potent and deadly combatant against wasps.


Like soap and water, you can put this concoction in a spray bottle and go on the offensive against wasps. When you spray them, the vinegar will burn their bodies, killing them quickly. Spray it in places where you commonly find wasps.




Another option is to go for the lubricant known as WD40. This product is useful on hinges and gears to make them rust-resistant and work more effectively. If you have this product lying around, you might also want to try it on wasps. The spray acts as a poison, killing these pests where they land. Be cautious about where you spray it, however. This lubricant can be harmful to pets and people. It can also kill plants and flowers.


Store-bought Wasp Sprays


You can also head to your local home improvement store and check out wasp-killing products. These come in sprays and foams and can work well on hives and on individual wasps. Don’t be afraid to use the product liberally. Just make sure you follow the directions on the back of the canister. Improper use can be dangerous to you and others around you.


These come in many varieties from various brands and manufacturers. Reading product reviews can help you decide which one makes the most sense for your needs and your particular wasp concerns. You can also try multiple products and see which one works best.


The next time you’re outside, enjoy your time without worrying about wasps invading and causing anxiety. Try some of these methods of killing wasps and discouraging more from crashing your parties. These tactics can be effective and help you take back your yard and home against these unwanted summertime pests.

Guest contributor:   Tanya Hart |


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