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How to Repel Bees and Wasps Naturally

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It’s summer in the South. The days are sunny and hot. Flowers and trees are in full bloom. Picnics and barbecues are on the calendar. What you may not know is that all of these are as attractive to wasps and bees as they are to humans. Wish there was a way to repel bees and wasps without using a bug spray that repels you too? Read on to learn three all natural techniques to repel bees and wasps.

Plants That Attract Bees and Wasps

Bees and wasps are pollinators, so they like flowering plants. However, there are some flowers they’re particularly drawn to, including:

  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Honeysuckle
  • Lantana
  • Lilacs
  • Perennial Yarrow
  • Poppies
  • Pale Purple Coneflower
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Wisteria
  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Sedum
  • Snapdragon
  • Sunflowers

If any of these flowers are growing near your home, especially if they’re near a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor space, consider replanting them further away if you can.

Plants That Repel Bees and Wasps

Bees and wasps are repelled by the following plants, most of which have strong herb or mint smells:

  • Basil
  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geraniums
  • Marigolds
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Thyme
  • Wormwood

If you don’t mind their strong scents, consider adding some of these near the outdoor spaces you use regularly at your home to help keep stinging insects away.

Bees and Wasps are Attracted to Food

Humans aren’t the only species to enjoy our picnics, barbecues and outdoor meals in the summer. Stinging insects are also attracted to our food and drinks. To reduce the chance of uninvited stinging guests crashing your cookout, follow these tips:

  • As much as possible, don’t leave food out. Clean up as soon as you’re done eating.
  • When you throw away food or food-related trash, make sure the trash can lid is sealed.
  • Wasps are attracted to sugary drinks so keep your soda or lemonade closed or covered.

As is the case with plants, there are some food items that repel stinging insects, including:

  • Bay Leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Vinegar

You can use these grocery items as all-natural bee and wasp repellents. Slice up some garlic or cucumber and leave it on a plate on your patio. Pour some vinegar in a jug and place it near a hammock. Place a line of some cinnamon sticks along your deck railing, etc.

Repel Bees & Wasps with Essential Oils

Another all-natural way to keep stinging insects away is by making a pest repellent spray using essential oils. Bees and wasps dislike the smell of these essential oils:

  • Citronella oil
  • Clove oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Rosemary oil

To make an all-natural pest repellent spray, simply combine one or more of these essential oils with water. Use a ratio of two drops of essential oil per one ounce of water. 

Your Local Bee and Wasp Removal Experts

As you can see, there are several DIY ways to repel wasps and bees naturally. However, these approaches may not be enough. If you need to hire a local pest control company to get rid of stinging insects on your property, look to Bug Out. Our Integrated Pest Management approach helps get rid of pests while still being eco-friendly. Contact us today for your free estimate

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