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Of the numerous types of insects that can be found in this country in summer, we fear wasps the most. They invade our living spaces uninvited, constantly buzzing around us and our delicious food. There is a real danger of suffering a painful wasp sting, although wasps are not aggressive animals on their own. They don't particularly like the scent of cloves, so cloves could be a welcome repellent for wasps.

drive away wasps

When a wasp is approaching, the mind often freezes for a moment. The urge to react immediately and smack the wasp is overwhelming. But we shouldn't do that. Where there is a wasp, there are many more specimens not far away. A threatened or even dying wasp sends out signals that attract other wasps and also make them aggressive.

For the wasps, their olfactory organ plays an important role in their short summer life. They are attracted to smells they like and deterred by others that are less pleasant. We humans don't always have to share our preferences in this regard. What smells wonderful to us can be repulsive to these insects, at least that's what their reactions suggest. This circumstance leads us to a useful home remedy that will help us in our fight against these insects.

Carnations against wasps

The smell of cloves is said to be one of the scents that the yellow-black insects do not like to smell. You can still smell the “unpleasant” scent from afar. These are the consequences:

  • they take no harm from it
  • they simply change their flight direction
  • move away from the source of the odor
  • this consequently also determines their whereabouts
  • within a radius of several meters there are no specimens to be found

The scent of cloves is one of the best home remedies because it helps us quickly and effectively in our fight against these stinging insects. But it is not enough to put a flower pot with cloves against wasps, their essential oil is much more effective.

Application of clove oil

The oil does not have to be placed somewhere around the clock as a wasp repellent. It is sufficient if you only use it when the insects are becoming a real nuisance to you. You only need a few drops per application. Give them to one of the following carriers:

  • a small bowl
  • a piece of cloth
  • or wooden board

You don't have to put the clove oil directly on the coffee table, even if the scent doesn't smell very overpowering. Placed a bit apart, it can also unfold the intended effect.

Buy clove oil

You can order small bottles of oil online or buy them directly from a drugstore or well-stocked supermarket. The price is cheap at just a few euros per 10 ml, as the bottle is sufficient for many applications.

tip: Make sure when you buy that you are buying a 100% natural oil. The synthetically manufactured variant is cheaper, but should not have the desired effect.

dried cloves against wasps

While dried cloves aren't a staple of all spice cabinets, they can be found in some. Together with a lemon, this spice helps to create an effective remedy against wasps. To do this, some cloves are stuck in a lemon and the whole thing is then placed where these insects are undesirable. The combination of the two scents seems to evoke an even greater dislike in them.


tip: A bag of hundreds of dried cloves is available at most grocery stores.

Do not use against nests!

Anyone can safely test for themselves whether individual insects react to the carnation method with a change in flight. However, be careful with wasp nests. Not only that several hundred animals live in it and there is a risk of several hundred bites, you are also not allowed to get too close to them for legal reasons. In concrete terms, this means that the wasps may neither be killed nor relocated arbitrarily.

tip: If the wasp nest poses a valid hazard to you, hire a pest control company to obtain the necessary permits and safely relocate. If the nest is inaccessible, it may have to be destroyed.

prevent resettlement

While a populated nest is under legal protection, you may prevent colonization in the first place. The wasps look for a dark place for their nest, which they not only find in nature, but often under the eaves of our houses. Even if the colony only survives until autumn and then the queen also leaves the nest, the few months can become torturous or a source of constant fear for the residents of the house.

  • act before nest formation
  • approx. late February to mid-March
  • Spray the cavities of the roller shutter boxes with clove oil
Wasp nest on a window corner

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