The pool is a great place to have fun in the sun but it can also be a host for unwanted guests. Wasps are very common around pools. Their presence can be a nuisance, but there are many ways to keep them out.

Wasps are territorial insects. They build colonies and establish a nesting ground near water. To keep wasps from using your pool, you can try the following tips.

First, you should get a decoy nest. These are designed to look like a real wasp nest, and they will entice wasps to go away. You can get a decoy nest for under $10. Place the nest as close to your pool as possible to maximize success.

Next, you should find an alternative source of water. You can use a bucket of water or a bird bath. If you want to be more thorough, you can try to install a new source of water in your pool. This is a more risky method. However, it will be well worth it in the long run.

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Finally, you should use a wasp repellent. Wasps love to feed on raw meat. If you have a lot of meat lying around, consider placing it in a container and putting it at a distance from the pool. Some people have had success placing a bucket of soapy water on top of the raw meat.

The best wasp repellent is the one you don’t have to pay for. There are plenty of natural remedies, including peppermint, lemongrass, cloves, and geranium. Spraying these plants along the pool line will provide a pleasant smell.

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You can also use a bucket of soapy water to drown the wasps. Using soapy water will reduce surface tension, which will help prevent the wasps from getting out of the bucket.

For a more permanent solution, you should use a spray of Stryker Wasp and Hornet Killer. This can be sprayed at night, so the wasps will be gone in the morning. It is also a good idea to treat your wood ornamentals with the Sylo Insecticide every 90 days.

Another good wasp repellent is a two-liter soda bottle filled with water and dish soap. These are a good size to use, and the small mouthed openings are a big attraction for wasps.

As a last resort, you can spray your pool with insecticides. Although this won’t keep wasps from using your pool, it will kill them. Alternatively, you can try placing a scented tumble dryer sheet on your patio furniture. That should be enough to scare off the wasps.

While you are at it, add a few potted plants to the pool area. Wasps have a very strong sense of smell, and some plants will make your home a less attractive target.

Of course, if you do not have a pool, you may be able to snaffle up some wasps in the yard. Raw meat attracts wasps and flies. Fortunately, they will not swarm when you put a cover on the meat.