How to keep bees away?
We all know how helpful bees are! Not only do they give us good honey, but thanks to the pollination they do, we have fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. However, when they roam too close to us, it’s normal to feel nervous, especially for those who are allergic to their sting.
Is it possible to keep bees away, naturally, without harming them? Absolutely! Here are some tips and tricks to scare away the bees.
1. Natural repellent to keep bees away
Some essential oils can be used as a natural repellent to ward off bees. But remember, you should never harm the bees!
Use an essential oil that gives off a strong smell!
Indeed, certain strong odors are reputed to scare away bees, including essential oil of catnip (catnip). Simply apply a few drops of catnip essential oil to your skin to drive away the bees.
Make a homemade bee spray:
If you prefer, it is also possible to make your own repellent spray with geranium essential oil.
- Add geranium essential oil and olive oil to a bottle (do not exceed 10% geranium oil for this recipe)
- Spray the solution on your body or around you to scare away the bees.
Other essential oils can also be used as a repellent including mint and lemongrass. These oils can also be used as a wasp repellent.
2. Keep bees away with smoke
Attention, it is not a question here of using a smoke bomb against the bees, but simply of keeping them away with a little smoke.
Bees don’t like smoke!
Indeed, have you ever noticed when you make a fire outside in the summer, there are no bees, no wasps and a lot less mosquitoes too!
Anything that produces smoke will repel bees. When camping or at a picnic, light a wood fire or place candles that give off a lot of smoke in your dining area.
Personally in the summer, I always light a small fire when we are outside. It’s also a great trick to keep bees and wasps away from the pool in the summer.
3. Attract the bees elsewhere
Another way to be quiet outside, whether on the terrace or even in the swimming pool, is to attract the bees to another place.
Attract bees with sugar water and fruit!
An effective way to attract bees further is to mix water with sugar in saucers that you have in different places, as far as possible from where you are of course.
You can also attract them with very ripe sliced bananas or with fruit syrup.
4. Scare the bees away with the coffee grounds
Another home remedy that works really VERY well against bees is coffee grounds!
In fact, it is rather the smoke of coffee that will keep the bees away from the balcony, the swimming pool or the terrace. Here’s how:
- Collect the coffee grounds and let them dry for a few days.
- Place it in a heatproof container and burn it.
The smoke and smell of burning coffee grounds will scare the bees away. You can also use coffee grounds to repel wasps, hornets and even horseflies.
5. Natural bee repellent recipe
Here is another homemade 100% natural repellent recipe that will keep bees away for sure. To make this bee repellent you need:
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped into very small pieces
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of liquid soap
- 3 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 1 liter of water
Combine all the ingredients and let the mixture sit for 2 full days. Strain and then pour the repellent into a spray bottle. At dawn or as soon as the sun drops below the horizon, spray your plants and flowers. Leave on for half an hour, then rinse with the garden hose.
You can also spray this natural repellent on different outdoor surfaces to naturally repel bees, but especially wasps.
6. Light-colored clothes to keep bees away
When you’re gardening, playing outside, or relaxing on the patio, get into the habit of wearing light-colored clothes. Avoid garish, dark colored clothing such as red, which the bees might see as a threat.
If your flower beds naturally attract bees, it might be wise to wear long clothes, a hat with protective face netting and gloves to protect yourself from bees, but also to protect you from deer flies. and hornets.
Bees are usually not aggressive, but may attack if threatened. So don’t take any chances and protect yourself when gardening.
7. Plants to scare away bees
It is wrong to believe that all plants interest and attract bees. Indeed, some act more like a natural repellent against these flying insects.
So to naturally repel bees and wasps from the house, here are some plants to plant in your garden and your flower beds:
- scented geranium
- the onion
- sweet woodruff
8. Grandma’s Remedy to Keep Bees Away
Our grandmothers always had cloves on hand, either to cook stews, or to take advantage of their multiple properties.
Keep the bees away with cloves!
And yes, to keep bees away naturally, stick whole cloves in a lemon and place it on a plate or saucer.
The bees will keep away and you can enjoy the great scent that these two ingredients give off. You can use this trick to repel bees from the pool or the garden table.
9. What to do if you discover a bee hive near the house?
Bees have made a hive near your house or worse in the walls of the house? The best solution is to contact a beekeeper who will come and remove the honeycomb and collect the bees to relocate them elsewhere.
At no time should you do this task, at the risk of being stung by the entire swarm of bees. Above all, it is very important never to destroy a honeycomb!
If no beekeeper can move, your last resort will be to deal with a professional exterminator.
10. What to do if you get stung by a bee?
Bees rarely sting, but their sting hurts when it does! Unless you are allergic to them, bee stings are not dangerous, but you will definitely want to relieve swelling and pain as soon as possible.
Here are some tips for relieving bee stings:
- Ice: not only will the effect of the cold numb the pain, but also help reduce swelling. Apply ice to the bite for a few minutes until the pain subsides.
- baking soda: make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it to the bites.
- Aloe vera gel: brush the bites with aloe vera gel to relieve pain.
- cider vinegar: Apply apple cider vinegar to bee stings as soon as possible.
- Toothpaste: put a good layer of toothpaste on the bee stings and let it dry.
- plantain leaves: plantain (Plantago Major) grows on your land? Take a few leaves and crush them, then rub the bites with the leaves.