If you find bees around your house, you will want to get rid of them. However, you may not want to use chemicals to kill them. Bees are important to the environment, so you might want to use a natural solution to keep them away from your house.
There are several different natural products that will discourage bees from creating a hive near your house. You can try garlic, peppermint, cinnamon, vinegar, and a few others, and you just might encourage the bees to seek another place. You can also hire a company that specializes in bee removal services. They will relocate honey bees and remove others.
Fortunately, there are a number of different solutions for you to try. Continue reading to learn how to keep bees away from your house naturally.
How to Keep Bees Away From Your House Naturally
If you find bees making a hive around your house, there are some natural solutions that you can try. Any of them will help you discourage the bees from sticking around, and they will move to a new location. Take a look at the remedies discussed below.
Bees hate the smell of peppermint, and they will stay away from it if at all possible. You can plant peppermint around the outside of your house to discourage bees from coming near. The bees will look for another location, and you can use the leaves from your plants to enjoy a cup of peppermint tea.
2. White Vinegar
Another household ingredient that bees are not fond of is white distilled vinegar. You can place it in open containers around places where you have seen the bees, and they will find another location. As an added bonus, white vinegar also repels house flies.
3. Garlic Powder
Bees do not like how garlic smells, so it will also deter them from making hives around your home. You can take some garlic powder and sprinkle it outside wherever you see the bees. Make sure that you put it on the ground, and do not put it directly on the bees or their hive, as it can be lethal to them. Garlic will repel other flying insects as well, so get a small bottle and start sprinkling it around your home.
Another spice that bees can’t stand is cinnamon. If you see bees around your house, sprinkle some cinnamon near the hive every day. They will move away, and you can continue sprinkling it once a week to keep them away.
Citronella candles are great for discouraging bees, mosquitoes, and other flying insects. You can get some candles and place them around your house and your yard. If there are odors that are drawing the bees in, you can mask the odor with this scent. You can use small candles or large citronella torches to keep them away from your home.
Mothballs have a strong, overpowering scent, and they will drive all kinds of outdoor pests away. Not only will bees move away, but snakes don’t like the smell either. It is easy to stick some mothballs in an old sock and hang them around your home. The bees will move away and stay away as long as you keep the mothballs around.
7. Make a Soap and Water Solution
This is an organic method for getting rid of bees, but it can kill them. You might not want to use it on honey bees. You can take a spray bottle and fill it with a mixture of water and liquid dishwashing soap. The ratio should be 1:1, and then shake the bottle. You can spray it around your home, near the nest, and anywhere else you have seen them. It is also effective for flies.
8. Plant Some Marigolds
Marigolds are a flower that has a strong smell, and bees don’t like it. You can plant them in your flower beds around the perimeter, or you can plant them around your home or pool. If you want to keep bees away, you should plant them anywhere you have seen bees hanging around.
9. Bring in the Experts
You can always call the professionals to come and remove the bees. If they are honey bees, the company will relocate them. If they are other kinds of bees, they will remove them. This is a great option if anyone in your family has allergies to bees or if you don’t have time to try one of the other methods.
How to Keep Bees From Entering Your Home
It is important to remember that bees can get inside of anything that has a hole that is just a quarter of an inch in diameter. Bees look for a cool, dry place to make their hives, and once they find a location, the colony will grow quickly. The best way to keep them from entering your home is to make sure that you seal any openings that bees can get through.
When you look for potential points of entry, you can use durable materials such as metal screening or caulk to block off these entrances. If you don’t have time for this procedure, you need to be on the lookout for bees that are scouts for the colony. They will come first, and they will find nesting spots and signal to the rest of the swarm that they have found one. Look for these bees, and use one of the natural remedies above to discourage them from choosing your home as a spot.
You should also keep your yard clean and clear of clutter. If you have lawn equipment or appliances that aren’t in use, the bees will often find them and make a home. It is important to clean up the yard and get rid of these items that are cluttering up your yard and providing a home for the bees.
If you find bees around your house, there are a number of different ways to get rid of them naturally. You can choose one of these methods to discourage the bees from sticking around. You might want to use one or more of the recommended treatments to keep the bees away, and make sure that you clear away any unused or old items that you don’t need.
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