The destruction of bees’ habitat has also contributed to reducing biodiversity and diminishing the quality and amount of nectar available for them.
Given the danger the bee population is already under, it’s important we use non-lethal methods to keep them at bay.
Among these include:
- Peppermint: Bees cannot stand the odour of peppermint. Try mixing equal parts of peppermint oil and water in a dish. Place it on your patio and other areas of your household which lure bees easily.
- Cinnamon: Just like peppermint, this spice also turns bees off. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder within the immediate surrounding area of a beehive. This will discourage bees from proliferating near your house.
- Vinegar: Low on peppermint and cinnamon? No problem! Try spraying beehives, bushes, and flowers with vinegar to repel bees effectively.
- Fake hives: Bees are territorial insects – they will not start a colony in a territory teeming with other hives. If you install several fake hives near your house, bees will move somewhere else.
- Repelling plants: If you’re a plant lover, you can use this passion to your advantage. Repelling plants – particularly wormwood and artemisia – help ward off bees. For best results, plant them in your garden, flower bed, or deck.
- Cucumber peels: Bees also don’t like the scent of cucumber peels. Scatter some of these on your porch or potential breeding grounds for bees. Unfortunately, cucumber peels dry up after a few days. Make sure to replace them as necessary.
- Vanilla: Bees also dislike vanilla. Mix water and vanilla and then use them as a spraying solution for areas in your house which bees frequent.
- Garlic: Bees find garlic repulsive. Chop some garlic cloves and place them in a water basin for several days to make them rancid. Pour the solution into a spray bottle afterwards. Spray areas within your vicinity where bees may breed and multiply in number.
Insect Screens are the safest and most effective way to ensure bees are kept out of your home, without putting them at risk and contributing to crises.