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:
- Peppermint – either plant peppermint near eating areas or use a spray bottle to mix several drops of peppermint essential oil with water and spray around the area you want bees to stay away from. Apparently, bees do not like the smell of peppermint!
- Cinnamon – another smell that bees seem to not enjoy. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder around the area you want to be bee free, or spray some cinnamon essential oil, just like the peppermint.
- Cloves – the strong smell of cloves seem to repel bees, as well. Place a few fresh sticks around you and your food, to help keep the bees away.
- Cucumber peels – the smell of peeled cucumbers is another deterrent. Place the peeled cucumbers (or sliced) around the areas you want bees to avoid. Replace as they dry out.
- Dryer Sheets – for the non-food or essential oil option, placing dryer sheets on the tables, in your pockets, or even rubbing the sheets on your bare skin can help keep the bees at bay.
- Baby Powder – another option that can be either sprinkled around the area you want to keep bees away from, or you can rub onto your bare skin to keep them away from yourself as well.
- Fake nests – bees are territorial, so if you make a fake nest, the idea is that the bees will see it and move along as to not invade another nests territory. Use a small brown paper bag, fill it with air and tie off the end. Make the shape of the bag close to that of a bee’s nest and hang it near you.
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.