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Bees are an integral part of the ecosystem, but they can be a nuisance or downright dangerous for some. Whether you suffer from allergies, or merely want to protect your pet from stings, there are several way to keep them from your outdoor space. If you have a particular interest in natural methods, here are a few worth experimenting with.
Moth balls can be effective bee repellants. While they are lethal for moths when placed in closets, they will not have the same effect on bees because the fumes cannot build up to a lethal level when they are placed outdoors; but, the odor is still pungent enough to keep bees at bay. Cut off the feet of some pantyhose, fill them with some moth balls and tie it up. Hang them anywhere you want to repel bees.
By nature, bees are very territorial, attacking any threats to their hive. This means they are very unlikely to get close to other hives, lest they run the risk of an attack. Brown paper bags, when blown up, look similar to a hive and can deter bees from entering this ‘’enemy’’ territory.
Bees are attracted to sweet smells, and you can use this to your advantage when devising strategies to keep them away from your yard. While there are a number of commercial bee attractants that employ the use of sweet scents, research suggests that natural materials work better. Pears and mangos work particularly well. Cut the fruit into small pieces and place them in an unwaxed paper sandwich bag. Leaving the bag open, place it about 15 to 20 feet from the area you are hoping to make ‘’bee-free.’’ In a few days, make another bag and then place this one a few feet from the original one. Keep doing this every few days and eventually, the bees should stay away from the spot.
Like the bags of fruit, the sweet scent of sugar water will draw bees close. It is a great mimic for the scent of honey coming from flowers in bloom. To make the mixture even more effective, add a bit of soap to the mix.
As delicious as garlic is, many find the smell to be quite offensive, and it turns out that humans are not the only ones. Bees are not big fans either, and sprinkling some powdered garlic in areas where bees tend to gather can help keep them away. Be generous with your sprinklings to create a bee-unfriendly zone.
While we think of citronella as a mosquito repellent, bees hate it too. Plant some around your home to keep bees out. Burn candles or incense when you are sitting outside.
Cucumber peels give off a smell deemed unpleasant by the bee. Simply scatter them around the yard—the more the better. This strategy reaps another benefit for your yard in that the peels will eventually break down and fertilize your plants.
This last tip is not really about anything to do to your yard, but helpful nonetheless if keeping bees away from your person is important to you. Many people with bee allergies have found great success in keeping these suckers away by placing dryer sheets in the pockets of their clothing or in their bags. If you are eating outside, a few sheets near your picnic basket or around the table will act as a repellent.
About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about remedies for household problems; if bees are a problem for you in the area, she recommends learning more about this company for bee removal Phoenix.
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