What are some natural wasp repellants

These plants drive away wasps

A coffee party or a barbecue evening in the garden and then that: cakes, steaks and guests are buzzed around by so many wasps that it is difficult to enjoy them. Instead of setting up wasp traps in which the actually useful insects perish in agony, you can rely on the power of plants! We'll tell you which plants can help against wasps.

These herbs can repel wasps

Intensely scented plants that contain plenty of essential oils do not please the insects at all - at least as long as the scent is clearly perceptible and is not overlaid by other things, such as the food being grilled. It is therefore worthwhile to bring herbs such as lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), thyme (Thymus), wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), basil (Ocimum basilicum) or lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) near the seat, the terrace or to plant on the balcony. Above all, the animals don't seem to like the smell of lavender.

We love the scent of lavender (left) and lemon balm (right), but it drives wasps away

Mints (mentha) offer a broad potpourri of different fragrances - but the menthol-containing species such as classic peppermint have a particularly intense smell. A variety that is not suitable for consumption but was previously used as a disinfectant is the native pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), whose scent is not perceived as pleasant by everyone - apparently not even by wasps. Since herbs mostly smell when they come into contact with or rub the leaves, you can also place a specimen in a pot or a few shoots in a vase on the table and touch them again and again. If that doesn't help (anymore), there are still the essential oils of the plants that are commercially available and that can be put in fragrance lamps, for example. When buying, however, pay attention to the addition "naturally pure" or "natural" and preferably "organic" and avoid synthetic products.

The essential oils of pennyroyal (left) and peppermint (right) do not like wasps at all

Don't like wasps at all: scented geraniums

The scented geraniums also offer strongly scented leaves in many aroma variants, which protect themselves from pests. The offer includes, for example, distinctive smells of lemon (Pelargonium crispum or the ‘Lemon Fancy’ variety), orange (‘Prince of Oranges’), peppermint (Pelargonium tomentosum or ‘Joy Lucille’), incense or cola (‘Torento’). If you place the frost-sensitive, but easy to overwinter, potted plants nearby, wasps will quickly turn around.

What other plants help against wasps?

Since the strong scent of the early bloomers can sometimes become too much even for us humans, it is no wonder that it should also drive away animals. However, hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis) bloom in spring and until around May, and until then only the wasp queens are actually on the road and busy building their nests. The workers do not fly until around June.

Marigolds (Calendula officinalis) are also apparently unpopular with wasps and other insects, although the annual and easy-to-cultivate plants smell very pleasant to our noses. Many perceive it differently with the annual marigold (marigold)! Older varieties in particular have a very strong smell - wasps probably look similar. New breeds, on the other hand, have a lemon aroma.

Tomatoes and other vegetables: not only delicious, but also daunting

Wasps don't seem to like tomatoes at all. Actually, it is the characteristic smelling foliage of the popular vegetable that they do not like, like many other insects, such as mosquitoes. So if you let tomatoes grow on the terrace or grow them in large buckets and set them up nearby or put out a few leaves, you can not only snack on a few fruits, but also look forward to a quiet dinner.

The scent of garlic is also said to have this effect. To do this, however, the toes have to be chopped into small pieces or sliced ​​- perhaps not ideal at the coffee table, but quite suitable for a barbecue evening. Hard to believe, but apparently true: Wasps, but also bees, can be chased away with cucumbers! Apparently they don't like the bitter substances these vegetables exude.

By the way: You can make the protective effect of citrus fruits your own in another way: Sprinkle lemons, oranges or limes with cloves and place these "fragrance bombs" near the table - you will be cakes and Co. for at least a while have yourself alone!

Which plants really help against wasps?

If you want to drive away wasps naturally, you should primarily rely on plants whose leaves contain essential oils. In addition to herbs such as lavender, rosemary, lemon balm and peppermint, this also includes fragrant geraniums, which also have pretty flowers. Tomatoes, marigolds and marigolds are also said to have a deterrent effect.

Drinking glasses can be easily protected from intrusive wasps. In this video we show you how to make a wasp protection for drinking glasses yourself.
Credit: Alexandra Tistounet / Producer: Kornelia Friedenauer