Can You Kill Wasps with Dish Soap?

Wasps in Pennsylvania

When you have a wasp problem, you’ll try just about anything to get rid of the stinging pest. You’ve probably seen some miracle cures for your pest problems on the internet, and some sound too good to be true. Today, we’re going to take a look at whether or not you can kill wasps with dish soap.

Can You Kill Wasps with Dish soap?

Yes, you can kill wasps with dish soap. The soapy water can also kill bees and hornets. Dish soap works because it helps the water get through the exoskeleton of the wasp, which can then drown the stinging pest. This method can be particularly useful when you find a loan wasp who wandered into your home.

When approaching a wasp nest with any killing method, it’s important to take the right precautions, like wearing protective gear and working after dusk when wasps are less active. To use dish soap to kill an entire wasp nest, we recommend using a hose-end sprayer so you can use a strong stream of water.

Other Ways to Get Rid of Wasps

You can eliminate wasp food sources to encourage them to go away. They like many of the foods you eat, especially meats, sodas, and sweets. You should:

  • Keep trash cans and recycling bins clean and sealed shut.
  • If you have fruit trees in your yard, be sure to clean up fallen fruit regularly since that can attract pests.
  • When grilling or dining al fresco, keep uneaten food covered.

Another way to eliminate yellow jackets is to destroy their nests. Look for nests during the day when it’s easier to see the insects flying in and out, but wait to destroy the nests until the evening. Yellow jackets return to the nest at night and you’ll be able to kill most of them. Also, they have poor eyesight and are less likely to sting you if they can’t find you.

Wasp Problem? Call Green Pest Solutions.

While some people do DIY their wasp control with a variety of methods, it’s safest to leave this stinging pest to the professionals. Green Pest Solutions knows just how to take care of the stinging pests that bother homeowners and business owners in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Call us today at 877-636-9469 for wasp control services.

Guide to Stinging Insects

Guide to Stinging Insects

Learn how to identify the various species of stinging insects, their hives and nests and control them with this guide.