Home remedies for wasps


The number of wasps is particularly high in the warm and dry summer months. The risk of wasp stings increases. That is why the prevention of wasp stings is of great importance.
Insect screens on windows and doors help keep wasps out of the house. But there are also various options outdoors to keep wasps at a distance and to minimize the risk of wasp stings.
In general, food and drinks should be covered if possible so as not to attract wasps. Offering an “alternative meal” at a location away from the dining table, for example in the form of windfalls or sweet drinks, can also be a way of keeping wasps away from the dining table.

These home remedies can help against wasps

Below is a list of the most common home remedies to keep wasps away. Which are the most effective and how to use them is then discussed in detail.

  • Cloves
  • basil

  • Copper coins

  • Incense sticks

  • Burnt coffee

  • Scented candles

  • Essential oils

  • garlic

  • Salmiac

  • Tomato plants

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Essential oils

Wasps avoid the smell of essential oils. Therefore, adding a few drops of an essential oil to a bowl of water can help repel wasps. The smell develops most intensely when this water-oil mixture is then warmed up a little.

Various essential oils can be used to ward off wasps, for example lemon oil, lavender oil, mint oil, tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil. As an alternative to the water-oil mixture, a few drops of the oil can be put on textiles or the skin to keep wasps away. Here, however, the smell dissipates relatively quickly.

More information about essential oil uses: Aromatherapy


Wasps don't like the smell that basil gives off.
So a good home remedy for keeping wasps off the outdoor dining table is to place a basil pot on the table.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is one of the essential oils. Wasps don't like the smell that essential oils give off.
It can therefore be helpful to put a few drops of tea tree oil in a bowl of water and heat it to deter wasps. Alternatively, you can simply put a few drops on the skin. Another alternative is to buy scented candles with essential oils. When lit, these wasps are supposed to keep wasps away effectively and reliably.

Read more about this: Tea tree oil

Tomato plants

Similar to basil, wasps also avoid the smell of tomato plants.
Placed on or around the table, these should be a good defense against unruly wasps.

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Like basil and tomato plants, lavender should also be a good home remedy for repelling wasps as they avoid the smell of these plants.
Some branches of lavender spread out on the table are said to have a good defense against wasps. Lavender oil or scented candles with a lavender scent also help.


Some freshly cut cloves of garlic are also said to be a relatively effective remedy for wasps.
Wasps do not like the pungent odor of garlic and therefore avoid it. A plate with a few freshly sliced ​​garlic cloves can therefore be an effective measure to ward off wasps at the barbecue.

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Incense sticks

Wasps usually avoid intense odors.
This is how you can keep them at bay with essential oils. But lighting incense sticks should also have an effective effect on keeping wasps away.

Copper coins

Wasps are said to not like the smell of copper. Therefore, putting up a bowl of copper coins is considered a home remedy to ward off wasps.
However, there are no reliable sources on this, it seems rather that copper coins are not a reliable home remedy for effective wasp defense.

Burning coffee powder

Burning coffee powder is also a household remedy that is mentioned relatively frequently in wasp control.
To keep wasps away, some coffee powder should be put in a bowl. The powder should then be lit so that it burns. The roasted aromas released are said to serve to keep wasps away.
Wasp researchers do not think much of this product and rather recommend essential oils or incense sticks.

Home remedies for a wasp sting

If all the preventive measures did not help and a wasp sting did occur, there are numerous home remedies that are said to have a soothing effect.
Above all, the local application of heat / heat with temperatures of 45 to 50 ° C should be mentioned. If heat is applied in the area of ​​the sting immediately after the wasp sting, this should lead to the destruction (denaturation) of the proteins that are contained in the wasp venom and which trigger unpleasant skin symptoms such as swelling, pain and itching.

Such a heat application can be done, for example, with a teaspoon heated in a water bath. But be careful: risk of burns! Nowadays there are so-called sting healers especially for the local application of heat after wasp or bee stings. At the push of a button, these battery-operated devices heat up and generate local heat for a few seconds.
In addition to the application of heat, the application of cold is also an important home remedy for wasp stings. A cold pack or a few ice cubes will reduce the swelling and relieve the pain.
Home remedies such as essential oils (for example tea tree oil, clove oil or lavender oil), a freshly sliced ​​onion, honey or a few drops of vinegar or vinegar compresses are also suitable for the local treatment of irritated skin after a wasp sting.

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