Here’s How Red Geraniums Are Your Answer For A Wasp-Free Yard

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Here's How Red Geraniums Are Your Answer For A Wasp-Free Yard

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you probably know how irritating it can be when wasps are buzzing around your yard. However, there is a natural remedy that can help you get rid of these pesky insects. Red geraniums are known for their ability to repel wasps. If you plant them in the right place, you are likely to have a wasp-free yard in no time.

The strong scent of red geraniums is what makes them so effective against wasps. Also, these flowers produce very little pollen, which makes them less attractive to insects. If you want to use red geraniums to repel wasps, make sure you place them strategically to maximize their effectiveness.

One of the best things about using red geraniums to repel wasps is that it’s completely natural. This means you won’t harm any wildlife in the process. It’s important to remember that wasps are pollinators and they help keep the ecosystem healthy by eliminating plant-destroying pests. Therefore, it’s always best to find humane ways of repelling them.

By using red geraniums, you can keep wasps out of your space without harming them. In fact, you’ll indirectly support these insects while also keeping them away from your yard. So, why not give it a try?

Wasps hate the smell of geraniums

Wasp on leaf

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The main reason geraniums work so well to eliminate wasps in your yard is because they detest the smell of the flowers, which substantially impacts the insects due to their high sensitivity to them. In fact, a biological engineer at the University of Georgia, Glen Rain, explains to New Scientist that “[wasps] detect most odors at the parts per trillion level, which is very similar to a dog.” Of course, this explains why planting geraniums in your yard is such an effective tactic. In fact, you could even say that it works like magic.

While red geraniums are effective at repelling wasps, you can also test the waters with other colors, which should be equally effective. This is great news if you have a specific color scheme or style that you’re working with in your garden or already have some geraniums that are already established and waiting to be planted.

Plant your geraniums where the wasps are

holding potted geraniums in hands

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In order for your geraniums to work their magic, you need to put them in the correct place. This should be close to where you encounter pesky wasp problems while ensuring that they still get plenty of sunlight. Of course, this will depend on the layout of your garden. Additionally, if you want to give your geraniums their best chance at eliminating wasps, you should make sure you steer clear of planting near plants that could inhibit their growth, such as lilies and begonias, and make sure you introduce them into your garden during spring. By giving your geraniums the best chance to flourish, they should be more effective at eliminating your wasp issue.

If you plant them correctly, you should notice a difference fairly quickly. Of course, you can always plant more if you feel it is necessary. You could even try planting some other flowers that help to keep wasps away around them if you want an even stronger effect.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.