Summertime in Oregon is one of the more enjoyable times of the year. After so many months of cool, grey, and wet days, it is finally warm and sunny. The trees are all green, the flowers are a plethora of bright colors, and there are even blue skies! Mother Nature is just shouting for us to come out of our homes and enjoy all the warmth.
With all the summertime activities, gardening, hiking, and of course, outdoor entertaining and BBQing, there are so many ways to get outside and enjoy the summer months. However, we are not the only ones who come out to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer during these warmer months. Bees are also out in full force and can cause some unpleasantness as well.
Whether you are allergic to bees, simply fear being stung, or find them to be an annoyance while trying to eat and enjoy being outside, there are some gentle ways to help discourage bees from coming around you and your food. Here are some gentle tricks and remedies that I have found to pop up quite frequently when researching on how to keep bees away:
If you are tired of unwanted bees ruining your peace and enjoyment of spending time entertaining and eating outside, give some of these a try and see what works for you. Most need to be reapplied daily, but the long-term effects should keep the bees away. What have you tried? Share what seems to have helped you keep bees away so you can enjoy your summer outside.
Remember that killing bees is not recommended. The act of swatting at, and trying to kill, a bee will usually make them angry and want to attack, as well as attract other bees to come to their defense, and then you have to deal with a swarm of bees. Bees have also been on the decline over the past decade, and as natural pollinators and an essential part of our ecosystem, killing bees is discouraged.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.