In a normal situation, a wasp sting is painful but manageable. In a survival situation, it can be much more dangerous, especially if you’re allergic to bee and wasp stings. Fortunately, there are natural ways to keep wasps away without running to the store for bug spray. Try out one or more of these and see how much the wasp population around your home or camp decreases.
Wear Muted Colors
Like bees, wasps are attracted to flowers and brightly colored plants. You can avoid being mistaken for a wasp’s natural feeding ground by wearing more muted colors.
Don’t Wear Sweet-Smelling Perfumes or Colognes
We doubt you’ll be wearing a lot of designer perfumes or colognes in a disaster anyway, but just in case, don’t risk attracting wasps with these sweet smells.
Use Peppermint as a Natural Wasp Repellent
At the same time, wasps are naturally repelled by strong-smelling herbs like peppermint. You can plant mint around your campsite and/or rub some peppermint oil on your skin to keep wasps away.
Hang a False Nest
Wasps are very territorial. They don’t like building nests near one another, so if you can hang a false nest near your camp or home, you’re not likely to get any new wasps moving in.
You can make a false nest by killing an active nest and then hanging it wherever you want. You might want to go ahead and find an active nest now and kill it with wasp spray. After you’ve killed the nest, you’ll want to make sure that there aren’t any unhatched wasps in it so you don’t have trouble later. To do this, just submerge it in a tub of water for a few minutes. Then hang it to dry, and you’ll have your very own false wasp nest to keep wasps away.