How to repel bees

Updated February 21, 2017

Bees are key workers for Mother Nature, but they can also be a nuisance. Sometimes we want to just enjoy a nice picnic or hang out in the back yard without a fear of getting stung. This is especially important for people who are allergic to bee stings. Yet you may not necessarily want to kill bees. The best thing to do is find a way to keep them from wanting to hang out.

Rid your exterior of any old objects like broken vehicles, piles of junk or even unused wood. A carpenter bee will visit a pile of unattended wood to take pulp back to his unfinished nest or hive. Even an unattended garden can attract bees that like to pollinate wild flowers. It is best to get rid of the unattended garden.

Mix two parts orange oil and one part water to concoct a natural bee repellent. Use the paint brush or old rag to wipe the mixture around the banisters of your deck or front porch. Put the mixture around the exterior wooden areas of your porch and roof as well to keep bees and wasps from trying to get into your attic and build nests. This repellent is cruelty free. It won't kill bees but they will stay away.

Apply an unscented, oil-based insect repellent to your hands and ears. Some direct marketing companies such as Avon sell such products. This will help repel bees from you if you are about to spend sometime outside in a picnic area or walking in the woods.

Burn newspaper underneath a nest if the bees have gone beyond the orange oil and old structures. Do this only at night and when the wind is down or else the bees will be ready to defend their home. Take special precaution not to burn yourself or your home!

Things You'll Need

  • Orange oil
  • Water
  • Small paint brush or rags
  • Newspaper
  • Matches
  • Long sleeve shirt and trousers
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Paul Bright has been writing online since 2006, specializing in topics related to military employment and mental health. He works for a mental health non-profit in Northern California. Bright holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and a Master of Arts in psychology-marriage and family therapy from Brandman University.