The jury is back and the verdict is in about saltwater swimming pools and any deterrent effect they may have on bees. The fact is, these pools don’t seem to be any more of a deterrent to bees than a standard pool. In fact, it is believed by some experts that the minerals in the salt will actually attract bees! If you have a saltwater swimming pool and are feeling frustrated because you have bees floating in your pool or bothering you while you swim, here are some ideas to help you.
Tip 1 - Consider Plants Growing Near Your Pool
When planting foliage around your pool, think twice about what to grow. Instead of using flowering plants, which will attract bees, use plants that are foliage only. If you enjoy flowering plants, grow a plant variety that blooms early in the spring or in the fall when you won’t be using your pool.
Tip 2 - Make Bee Swimming Pools
Provide bees their own little pool. Fill a shallow container with tiny stones, and keep it filled with water and a small amount of vinegar. The vinegar will attract the bees to the water and they will drink from the container instead of your pool.