We have been bee keepers for years and simply love the little ladies! However one of the hardest challenges for us has been keeping the wasps from attacking our hives. It’s been hard to get the wasps under control because we have never wanted to spray dangerous chemicals to kill them. Not only is it not very healthy for us but it will hurt the bees as well.
Finally we found an organic spray that isn’t harmful to you or the environment! You still wouldn’t want to spray it on your bees of course but it’s much safer for everyone. It’s very inexpensive as well.
All you do is fill a new weed sprayer with water and add about ½ cup of organic hand wash dish soap. The soap needs to be able to foam up as this is what kills the wasps. You can adjust measurements as needed depending on the size of your weed sprayer.
Follow the directions for your weed sprayer. Use a weed sprayer with a hand pump. This will help the soap to foam. If your soap mixture has been sitting for a while you should pump or shake well.
You can spray the wasp nest making sure you coat all the wasps. You can also spray them in the air if you are quick. The soap and water mixture coats them making it so they can’t fly and it clogs their respiratory system which is located on their abdomen. This will slow them down so you can step on them or they will just die after a minute or two (sorry a little graphic I know).
Our troubles with wasps has gotten sooo much better since we discovered this trick! Try it out and let us know how it works for you! 🙂
We also have 2 Organic Pest Control Recipes you might want to give a look see!
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