With spring comes many wonderful things – sunlight, flowers, vegetable gardens.
Unfortunately, spring also brings out wasps and even if you aren’t deathly allergic to those little stingers, they can be very painful.
Chemical sprays for killing wasps and other flying insects contain very harmful ingredients that can be very dangerous to have around pets and children.
While you certainly don’t want your little ones getting stung, you also don’t want them around chemicals that could harm them.
Enter this tutorial for making your own wasp repellent.
This is a great DIY for spring and something that we’re sure all of you will want to try. Keep those wasps at bay and enjoy your warm weather without worries of stings.
The video shows you how to make traps to attract the wasps so that you can keep them from flying about.
You're using peppermint extract, not oil. It's not the same thing...
Where can I find the oil? All I can find is extract?
I have seen the peppermint oil at Walgreens in their health area also at whole foods.
I tried the recommended mix of peppermint oil and water on teak chairs hat wasps love. The chairs are coated in the mixture and smell great, but the wasps are not deterred at all. One piece of advice for anyone is not to purchase teak furniture for outdoor areas. Wasps love teak.
Is this supposed to be peppermint essential oil or peppermint extract?
I couldn't find what I was looking for so I created my own solution.
10 drops of peppermint oil into about one ounce of rubbing alcohol add a couple of drops of dish detergent put into a spray bottle and fill (about 500 ml or half quart) water and shake. spray around where the wasps are nesting. Be careful, they will become agitated. You may have to spray again in about 5 days. after that, they should be gone. This does not kill them, it just makes them move. They do not like the smell of peppermint.
Alcohol and dish soap allows the peppermint oil to mix with the water.
I just mixed up 1 tbls of peppermint oil (not extract) and two cups of water. It is about 7:30pm here, beginning to get dark, and I sprayed it on an active wasp nest. The wasp all fell to the ground. I did pop them again and I watched them die. From my test, it works quite well and smells wonderful. Wish I had a peppermint milk shake like I used to get at Baskin & Robbins
Sounds like the same homemade spider repellant that you spray in dark undusted areas of your home