The best way to get rid of wasps is to prevent them from making their home near yours. Make sure there is no food (especially fruit or fruit juices) lying around that wasps can get into. This includes food from pets as well. Be sure to keep drinks covered when you are outside and ensure that garbage can lids are tightly secured.
Wasps are also attracted by certain colors, especially white and yellow, so you can also prevent wasps from bothering you personally by not wearing yellow or white colors.
If wasps built their nest near your home, you will need to get rid of their nest and here is how you do that!
Get Rid of the Wasp’s Nest
1. Spray the nest with a non-toxic natural wasp killer
You can make your own natural wasp killer by using hot water and dish soap.
The soapy water works because soap breaks the water tension that insects normally rely on as a barrier to be water resistant. Instead of water normally beading off their bodies as it hits the surface, it sticks and clogs up their spiracles (breathing tubes). Soapy water ultimately drowns bees, wasps, hornets, fleas, roaches and ants.
You will want to use roughly 1/4 cup of dish soap and mix it will hot water. You can use a regular spray bottle, or get a bottle attachment for your garden hose. Using your garden hose will allow the mixture to penetrate the hornets next effectively, while keeping you a safe distance away.
2. How to get rid of wasps in the underground nest.
If you are looking to get rid of an underground wasp nest, you can pour the soapy water into the entrance and cover it with a bowl. This will kill all the wasps inside and prevent the ones that are out from returning.
Use Non-Toxic Wasp Traps
You can purchase a non-toxic wasp trap that is made from synthetic material that works by luring worker wasps into a trap. Try baiting the lure with fruit or fruit juice. Most gardening stores will carry a non-toxic wasp trap.
Hang False Wasp Nests
You can also hang up a fake wasp nest to prevent wasps from setting up shop nearby. Wasps tend not to build nests next to each other. You can buy a fake wasp hive online or make your own with a paper grocery bag and some twine.