How to Keep Wasps Away From the Pool

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What You'll Need
Diesel fuel
Empty soda bottle
Raw meat
Basin or shallow pan
Dish detergent
Decoy nests

People who are fortunate enough to have a pool to cool off in during hot summer months often find that their pool is infested with bees and wasps. Often, you even see them land on the pool's surface to get a drink of your water, but these pesky flying insects that can inflict painful stings on children, adults, and even pets in the pool area if you’re trying to swim. To keep insects such as wasps away from your pool, just follow these steps.

Step 1 - Use Diesel Fuel to Kill the Wasps

Place a small amount of diesel fuel in an empty soda bottle and then place the bottle, without its lid, near the pool but high enough so children cannot reach it. Bees and wasps are usually attracted to this fuel and will enter the bottle to get to it. They will end up trapped in the bottle and will drown in the fuel once they have landed.

Step 2 - Use Raw Meat to Draw Wasps Away From the Pool

At some distance from the pool, not more than 50 to 75 feet away, hang a cheap or scrap piece of raw steak or roast, then place a basin of water beneath it and add a drop of dish detergent. Wasps attracted to the meat will drop into the basin after they have eaten and will sink into the water and drown.

Tip: Avoid putting dish detergent or other fluid directly into your pool water to drown wasps. Fixing your pool’s PH is troublesome and could cost a lot of money.

Step 3 - Remove Wasp Hives From Your Pool Area

Wasps typically fly in the vicinity of the hives or nests they build. If you have wasps in or near your pool, it is likely there is a wasp nest somewhere nearby. Wasps usually build their nests in mud, trees, or other high places such as the eaves of houses, barns, or other sheds. If you watch for wasps in these areas, you will often see a collection of them flying near their nests. You can then call an insect control company who will remove the nest, and your wasp problem will be seriously reduced.

You can purchase fake or decoy wasp nests at your local home improvement store. Wasps are territorial creatures and will not go near other nests, so buy a couple of these and hang them around your pool to deter these insects.

If you have tried these methods and still have problems with wasps flocking to your pool in the summer, try consulting your local pest control professionals for additional solutions. And, until you can fix the infestation, reduce your chances of being stung by simply resisting the temptation to swat at them. Wasps are more likely to sting when they are disturbed or angry.