This Easy DIY Hack Will Kill Wasps Quickly

Updated: Apr. 20, 2023

That nest won't know what hit it!

Now that the sun is out, it’s time for all your favorite outdoor activities: grilling, pushing the kids on the swing set, tossing corn hole in the front lawn. But nothing’s worse than reaching to grab your long-stowed equipment to discover a new pest has taken up residence in your yard: a wasp. Of course, you want to get rid of the wasp and their nest, but no one wants to get stung or breathe in harmful pesticides. So what’s a handyman to do?

Well, fortunately for us, a new TikTok hack has the answer. This DIY wasp killer is easy, quick, cheap and, above all, won’t expose you to harsh chemicals. Here’s what you need to know to make it yourself.

How can I make the natural wasp killer?

TikTok handyman and entrepreneur Ceith Griffith (@ceithgriffith) developed a simple wasp-killing spray that uses just two ingredients: water and Dawn dish soap. While isn’t exactly a 100% “natural” wasp killer, it is not toxic to humans, especially in comparison to store-bought chemical pesticides.

If you’d like to try this “natural” wasp killer for yourself, you’ll first need an empty spray bottle. Then, according to Griffith, add 10 ounces of water to the bottle and 2 ounces of the Dawn dish soap. Close the bottle and shake to combine—frothy bubbles are OK, as shown in the video below.

@ceithgriffith Wasp spray!!#tiktoktaughtme #tiktokpartner #isitworhthemoney ♬ original sound – Ceith Griffith

How do I use the natural wasp killer?

To use the wasp spray, simply aim the spray bottle at a wasp or wasps’ nest and spray away! Griffith sprays the tiny nest in his video about 35 times; you want to really saturate the nest with the mixture. After handily spraying the wasp and nest, the wasp will die and the nest will dissolve. Easy peasy!

What if I have a huge wasps’ nest or many wasps?

Now, it’s time to pull out the big guns. First things first, make sure you are dealing with wasps and not bees—here’s how. Then, follow our instructions for dealing with a bald-faced hornets’ nest. Spring is also the ideal time to eliminate the queen wasp in order to control the hive. And, if you’ve already unfortunately been stung, check out this article to properly treat your injury. Stay safe out there!