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Best Wasp Spray

Wasps are beneficial insects in many ways. They kill and eat many insect pests, and use them in their nests to nourish their young. In normal habitation, wasps are harmless to humans, but when they begin building nests near human dwellings, they become the pests. Wasps will fiercely and boldly defend their nests from all perceived threats, and if you get too close, they will attack. That is where the problem comes in.

Wasp spray is actually a misnomer. It should be labeled as "wasp nest spray." Granted, the spray will kill individual wasps on contact, but in all cases, wasp sprays are meant to be sprayed on a wasp nest to kill the entire colony, and the best time to do this is after dark when the entire population has come home to roost.

Every wasp spray has adequate killing power, but the most important overlooked feature is the distance that the spray can travel. Many wasp nests are built beneath eves or high up in the rafters, plus, the farther away you are from an active wasp nest when you give it a spray, the safer you will be. Distance of the spray and ease of use makes it to the top of the list, price will come into play and overall effectiveness and environmental safety will also be considered.

Spectracide Wasp & Hornet Killer

With a spray that reaches 27 feet, the safest spray to use for the user is Spectracide Wasp & Hornet Killer. This type of distance lets you reach some of the highest built nests around your property, or if they are lower, the distance allows a safe and secure buffer between you and any angry wasps. It is made of Lambda-cyhalothrin, which is a synthetic pyrethrin, made from the chrysanthemum plant, that disrupts the nervous system. This ingredient is mixed with both mineral spirits and petrocarbon oils that covers a wasps body and cuts off its oxygen supply. That double fisted punch acts to quickly knock-down a wasp while allowing the cyhalothrin to kill it. Plus, the oils will coat the nest, killing larvae while making the area undesirable for re-infestation.

CRC Wasp and Hornet Killer

If you want one of the most lethal wasp sprays available, check out CRC Wasp and Hornet Killer. It is made with two types of synthetic pyrethrins, tetramethrin and phenothrin, and both are bound together in a petrocarbon oil. Although accurate to only 20 feet, the killing power of this stuff may be worth the cost of admission right there. The extended trigger allows even gloved hands to use it effectively, and this may be one of the easiest spray cans to use. This is one of the more expensive wasp sprays on this list, but it is arguably the most effective as well.

Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer 33

From a name you know and trust, Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer 33 will get the job done. With a spray that is accurate to 22 feet, Raid is also made of two active pyrethrin ingredients, mixed in a petrocarbon oil base. This makes it highly powerful, and really, it's a horse apiece between the CRC brand and the Raid brand as to which is more effective. The Raid spray can uses a more standard spray nozzle, that may be a bit more difficult to aim than an actual trigger, but as far as killing power goes, Raid takes a back seat to no one. A decent spray distance, superior killing power and a name that has been the hallmark of insecticides for decades, that what you get with Raid Wasp and Hornet Killer.

EcoSMART Wasp & Hornet Killer

The safest wasp killer for the environment is EcoSmart Wasp & Hornet Killer. Unlike other chemically made wasp killers, EcoSmart wasp killer is made with organic ingredients to get the job done. It uses peanut oil infused with phenethyl alcohol which, essentially, first coats a wasps body to prevent oxygen absorption with the peanut oil, while the alcohol additive gets the wasp toxically drunk. Realistically, if you want to humanely kill a wasp, this is probably the way to do it. It dies smiling the whole way. It is also mixed with peppermint oil to deter other wasps from attempting to recolonize the nest once it has been sprayed. Totally organic, safe for you and the environment, the spray only goes out to 18 feet, so you may have to spray and run before the wasps succumb.

Safer Brand 5730 Wasp and Hornet Killer

If you want a little more bang in your natural and eco-friendly wasp killer, try Safer Brand Wasp and Hornet Killer. It is made with all natural pyrethrins, not synthetically made, which means they break down easily in the environment, yet they will do a decent job of killing wasps and wasp nests. The pyrethrins are mixed in with citrus oil, which coats the wasp body, depriving them of oxygen, and it also coats the wasp nest, making the area uninhabitable once it has been sprayed. It sprays out to 15 feet, so always wait until after dark and aim well. Although the natural based pyrethrins will do a good job of killing, they do not posses the speedy knockdown power of the synthetics, so once sprayed, leave the area and allow the pyrethrins to work.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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