Bees do their part for nature and the garden, but they can cause trouble at home. They present a threat to small children and those allergic to their sting, so unfortunately, not all families can keep them around. However, learning how to get rid of bees is not as difficult as you might think. There are several ways to keep bees at bay so you can enjoy your backyard and your home environment without getting stung.
Here are a few simple and safe ways to keep the bees away from your home, patio area and hopefully from stinging you and your family.
Step 1 - Find the Hive
Identify where the bees have made their home. Look for their nest in plants, flowers, corners of the roof, and awnings, among other places.
Step 2 - ID Type
Try and decipher what kind of bees they are or if they are at all bees. They could be wasps or hornets. Wasps are more dangerous and will require other methods of removal.
Step 3 - Call a Beekeeper
Bees are very important to our ecosystem and are in trouble worldwide, so before resorting to options that harm or kill them, try to see if there is a local beekeeper in your area. Beekeepers make a living making honey and giving bees a safe home; they would likely love to have the nest and will know a safe way to remove it without harming the bees or your home and garden.In the event that there is no beekeeper in your area to contact and the bees are presenting a safety hazard to you and your family, other natural methods can help.
Spray Vinegar Mix
Mix a half part vinegar and a half part water into a spray bottle. Spray the nest at night when the bees are not buzzing around or are mostly dormant. Wear protective clothing such as gloves, long pants and long-sleeve shirt, and maybe even netting tossed over a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck from being stung. Also, spray the solution on the areas that the bees are congregating such as flower beds, plants and bushes. The next day, check for any activity in or near the nest. If you still see activity, spray again. Sweep up any dead bees from the area and discard accordingly.
More Organic Ways
If you want to remove the bees organically, try mixing a solution of half water and half mild soap detergent into a spray bottle. Spray the nest and other affected areas with the solution in the evening.
Cut an old soda bottle in half and fill it with a sweet soda like Mountain Dew and place it near the nest or on the ground in your garden, patio, or porch. The bees will become attracted to the scent, make their way toward it and eventually drown in the solution.
Place or hang a bug zapper strip near the hive. The bees will get caught in the sticky material and eventually perish. These can be purchased at any grocery, home improvement or drug store.
Plants that Deter Bees
There aren't many flowers and plants that deter bees for the simple reason that plants needs need bees to pollinate them. However, wormwood (Artemis), eucalyptus, citronella and peppermint are reputed to be natural bee and wasp repellents. You could plant these around your garden in order to reduce the bee population in your garden naturally.
Deet-Free Insect repellent
Many synthetic insect repellents contain DEET (Chemical name: N, N Diethyl-Meta-Toluamide which is a corrosive chemical which can dissolve plastic, nylon and paint. The good thing is that there are now more natural and healthy insect repellants to repel insects from you while you are in the great outdoors or even while you are inside your home. We found this and this repellent and they are readily available on Amazon.
Seek Professional Help
Call a pesticide company who will come out and officially remove the hive from the area and spray the bees; many companies now use organic materials versus pesticides.