Two things that we can all do without this summer are wasps and chemicals.
That's why we're bringing you the inside scoop on the best wasp repellents (pesticide-free!) for 2018.
In our detailed guide, you'll be able to brush up on:
- Our top recommendation for non-chemical wasp repellents (including our overall top pick)
- Why you have wasps in the first place
- How ultrasonic pest repellers work and why you should use them
- If old-school liquid repellents can keep wasps away
Our Overall #1 Rated Pick
(updated as of 4/20/2018)
Each product we reviewed is effective, but our favorite was the Ultrasonic Pest Repeller by the brand eHouse.
Why is that?
Well, this particular repeller has a ton of strong points: it's easy to use, it's affordable, and it's got a large coverage area, and it works well in all climates.
Essentially, it's exactly what you want to find in a wasp repeller--something to get the job done, and get the job done right.
Here's the short story on how it works: the small, handheld device plugs into an outlet on the wall, and immediately begins pinging signals that are annoying to pests. If humans can hear this auditory signals, it's barely noticeable. However, to bugs, it's miserable. As a result, wasps fly away from your garden.
We've got a full list of products broken down for you, as well as a lot of useful information about wasp behavior and some of the science behind these bugs. If you've got a little time, take a look below!
Want to skip all this research and just hire a decent exterminator for your wasp problem?
Wasp Repellents We Reviewed
Short on time? Take a look below for the top 5 in our list. Otherwise, check out our buying guide.
Why Do I Have Wasps At All?
Sometimes, knowing the best way to drive wasps off your property is understanding what brought them there in the first place.
By taking a few moments to learn about what lures wasps in, you'll be able to better focus on how to take them out.
Are Wasps Attracted to Vinegar?
In 1998, a study was conducted by an entomologist from the USDA in the state of Washington which found that German yellow jackets (a related species to wasps) were attracted most strongly to a cocktail of fermented molasses and vinegar.
The vinegar itself wasn't necessarily the key to the attraction, but rather the molasses. Most wasps drink nectar in the wild, and crave sugary substances whenever they're on the hunt for a place to land.
Wasps and Wine
In fact, in studies conducted by the USDA in December 2014, wasps were shown to prefer wine over vinegar.
Think back to all those evenings on the terrace spent swatting wasps away from your crisp glass of Pinot Grigio. It makes a little more sense now that there's some scientific backup, doesn't it?
The sugary breakdown of wine makes it irresistible to wasps (not to mention fruit flies), and when they get a whiff, they feel the urge to dive right in.
Wasps and Water
There's nothing more refreshing on a hot summer's day than diving into the pool, right?
Wasps think so, too.
When the temperatures rise in summer, wasps (as well as hornets and bees) love to take sips from pools and ponds in order to hydrate. A lot of the time, they'll lose their balance and fall in, which leaves them struggling for their lives until they inevitably drown after treading water for a few minutes.
Of course, the water itself will kill the wasps if they fall in, but the bigger problem to worry about here is that thirsty wasps are attracted to ponds, pools, and other large bodies of water. They will swarm around stagnant puddles or pools in order to gain fast access to a hydration source, so this is an ideal place to install a wasp repeller system.
Why Use Ultrasonic Devices to Repel Wasps?
If you're trying to repel wasps, why shell out for an electronic device when you've got a can of good old bug spray in the medicine cabinet?
Keep reading to understand the benefits of substituting technology for a role chemicals used to play in our daily lives.
They Are Hassle-Free
An ultrasonic pest control device works the same way for pretty much every pest, ranging from wasps to mice:
- The device is plugged into a power source and powered up, ready for use
- An ultrasonic wave of energy is emitted, which begins to irritate the nervous systems of any pests residing in the coverage area
- After about a week, the pests begin to feel more anxious, at which time the ultrasonic energy is increased
- In around two weeks' time, the anxiety becomes unbearable, and the pests retreat, leaving you with a pest-free property
All you have to do, essentially, is plug in the device and ensure to follow best practices when it comes to preventing new infestations in your yard and garden.
Check out the video below for some expert tips on how to perform an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system in your own backyard.
They're Totally Non-Toxic
With an ultrasonic pest repeller, you and your family have zero interaction with pesticides or insecticides, period.
The devices work completely through ultrasonic energy, which means that you're never handling chemicals in order to eradicate a pest. The machines don't emit any sort of insecticides, dusts, or sprays, making them a recommended option for those with little ones, pets, or all of the above.
You Won't Notice Them
Speaking of kids and pets--you probably need to find a solution to your pest problem that won't bother your dog or your kids, right?
That's the beauty of ultrasonic pest repellers: they're super effective on the minute bodies of insects and vermin, irritating them to the point of misery. When it comes to larger bodies like cats, dogs, and humans, however, the energy from the devices is negligible (if noticeable at all).
It must be said, though, that ultrasonic pest repellers are NOT recommended for users with pet hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, and guinea pigs. Their bodies are within the target range and will probably become annoyed by the ultrasonic energy from the device.
Does Liquid Repellent Work Against Wasps?
In short, using a liquid repellent absolutely works to repel wasps.
However, our guide recommends ultrasonic repellers for a few different reasons.
- Excellent product reviews from customers who have experienced success in eradicating wasps from their property
- Flexibility of moving the devices from one area to another with no mess
- Chemical-free approach to controlling a wasp infestation
- Ability to take out numerous types of pests with just one device
In addition to all these reasons, many liquid repellents on the market today still contain DEET, a chemical developed by the United States Army to protect soldiers fighting in areas with high insect infestations during World War II. Check out the video below for a crash course on DEET and whether or not it's dangerous.
Want to skip all this research and just hire a decent exterminator for your wasp problem?
Wasp Repellents Reviewed
In the below section we break down each of our product recommendations in a little more detail.
Even though all the products we reviewed certainly are effective at driving away the wasps, our favorite wasp repeller by far was the 2018 upgrade of eHouse's Ultrasonic Pest Repeller.
What sets this repellant apart from the rest is its specifications. Many repellant systems fall short at a coverage area of a thousand square feet, or a maximum of 1200 square feet.
This wasp repelling system, however, covers a much wider range at 1600 square feet. On top of that, it comes in a 2-pack, meaning that you'll have 3200 square feet of coverage against wasps when using both repellant systems at once.
In addition, these two repellant systems only use between 4 and 6 volts of electric energy at a time, meaning they won't run up a monstrous charge on your electric bill.
This is an all-around awesome product from a well-trusted brand that we would highly recommend to anyone who wants to scare away the wasps without the use of chemicals and pesticides.
This is our runner-up on the list because of its price point in comparison to the the overall pick.
MaxMoxie has developed a device that works impeccably to repel not just wasps, but hornets, yellow jackets, bees, ants, mosquitoes, spiders, roaches, and all sorts of bugs...without a steep price tag.
The only reason we rated this device as number two was its coverage capability in comparison with the device manufactured by eHouse. This pest repeller by MaxMoxie reaches a maximum of 1200 square feet.
This wasp repeller is recommended to those who have a smaller home or wasp-infested area and don't need to shell out to cover a larger area. It also comes in a 2-pack, so you can place the devices at opposite ends of your property and let them work their magic to drive away the wasps for good.
This device is an awesome option for annoying the wasps away, but what really sets it apart from the rest of the items on the list is its mode setting.
There are three different modes that the user can choose while setting up the device, depending on the level of infestation.
For example, if you've only noticed a few wasps flying around, you can set up the Babigo Ultrasonic Pest Repeller on the green setting. For a more moderate approach, you'd switch to purple. For serious infestations, you want red mode.
We love this all-in-one device because it tailors itself to the needs of the user, and it becomes as versatile as you need it to be for years to come.
This insect repeller is primarily a mosquito repelling device, but we've included it in our list because it's got one factor that's a real game-changer: portability.
One common complaint from homeowners is that wasps seem to terrorize them the most when they're outside enjoying time away from their electronics: by the pool, on the patio--basically, in areas without access to electrical outlets.
This is an excellent resource for those who want to get outside without the wasps. These devices run on AAA batteries and have a clip-on feature for seamless, hands-free carrying.
These pest repellers are a great option for those with large homes or office buildings and need to get rid of wasps without chemicals.
The SavHome Ultrasonic Pest Control Repeller (just like out overall top pick) can cover up to 1600 square feet with a single device. The reason we didn't rank these devices higher on our list, though, is because of the multipack option; most people simply don't need to purchase so many devices at once.
However, if you're working with a much larger infestation area, this is the option for you. For large homes and big office buildings, this should be your go-to device for a chemical-free wasp repellent.
This particular option is sold as a 4-pack, but there's also a 6-pack option available for sale as well.
Our Top Pick: eHouse Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
No one wants wasps flying around the backyard, and no one wants to chase after them with a stream of chemicals, either.
We liked all the products on the list for different reasons, but our overall top pick appealed to us the most because of a few different factors.
- The coverage area means that you'll be protected for up to 3200 square feet
- The noise level will irritate wasps without causing a disturbance to humans or pets
- You can knock out other pests with the ultrasonic wave as well
- It's affordable lifetime-guaranteed by the manufacturer
Other Wasp Product Reviews
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