IBA19 Badges Nominated

Enjoy alfresco dining wasp-free with these top tips!

How To Keep Wasps Away Dining Outside Alfresco

Image: Pixabay

It's finally time to make use of your stylish garden furniture and enjoy some alfresco dining with your family and friends. You've used your best table dressing skills to set the table and have some delicious food cooking on the BBQ. However, you've forgotten one thing... That it's also around this time that wasps come out in their swarms to ruin all the fun.

Between the irritating buzzing, trying to keep them off the food and the fear that in doing so you'll get stung, wasps aren't ideal when trying to enjoy your meal in the garden. They may be great pollinators, but they're not the best dinner guests, so here's 5 ways to keep wasps away.

Citronella candles

Citronella Candles Outside Keep Wasps Away

Image: Patrick Reichboth, Unsplash

Citronella candles are good at keeping not just wasps but all insects away while you're trying to enjoy your meal. Place them in some jars, or pretty candle holders that protect them from being blown out, and dot them around your outdoor dining area. 

Peppermint oil

Peppermint Oil Keep Wasps Away

Image: Kelly Sikkema

Peppermint oil is known to be one of the most effective ways of keeping wasps away. You can mix a tablespoon of peppermint oil with four cups of water to create a spray which you can use on and around your garden furniture. You can also put a few drops on some cotton wool and place it in areas where they are known to congregate, like between the decking.

Move brightly coloured flowers away

Move Bright Flower Pots Away Wasps

Image: Pixabay

It's no secret wasps are attracted to brightly coloured flowers, especially white and yellow. Therefore, it's sensible to set up your furniture away from these brightly coloured plants, or, if they're in pots, simply move them away from the dining area. 

Move aromatic plants closer

Aromatic Herbs Keep Wasps Away

Image: Pixabay

While you should keep bright tropical plants away, you should move stronger smelling plants closer to you. The plants that wasps dislike most are mint, thyme, eucalyptus and tomato stems. 

Cover food

Food Cover Keep Wasps Away

Image: Kitchen Craft

Once you've served the food, make sure to use food covers so wasps aren't tempted to take a chance and join you at the table. Silicone or mesh pop-up covers are good options. 

 

Tried any of these techniques to keep wasps away? Let us know which you thought worked best by tweeting us @goodhomesmag or posting a comment on our Facebook page.

 

RELATED ARTICLES

Top tips on what to do in the garden during a heatwave

8 trendy hanging chairs your garden needs this summer

5 garden party ideas for sunny weekends 

Amanda Holden Bundleberry Qvc Living Wall Copy
Garden

How to create this 'living' plant wall in your garden

Build your own plant wall in your garden with Amanda Holden's latest interiors collection.
John Lewis Grey Fence
Garden

How to fix a broken garden fence

If your fence has been damaged thanks to strong winds, or even rot, here are a few tips to help you fix it up...
Lghts4fun Christmas Country Porch
Garden

Stylish Christmas decorating ideas for your front garden

Turn the outside of your home into a winter wonderland with stylish decorations that will inspire festive awe.
 
Pexels Opener
Garden

How to inject colour into your garden this winter

Take a look at these plant recommendations to add an evergreen pop of colour to your garden this winter.
Ways To Increase Value Garden
Garden

How to increase your home's value by over £45,000

Did you know that a well-kept garden can add 20% to the value of the home, meaning the average UK house could see an increase...
Dark Front Door With Shiplap And Outdoor Lighting
Garden

6 ways to enhance your home’s kerb appeal for under £250

Selling your home can be an expensive process, but these tips promise to enhance your property in the eyes of perspective buyers using just...