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Bees are beneficial to gardens because they help pollinate plants. But if you have too many or you are allergic to bee stings, an influx of these winged creatures could be problematic. Unfortunately, flowers and herbs offer bees a tasty meal that is hard to pass up. There are many different types of bees, some more aggressive than others, so use caution when dealing with these stinging insects. Choose natural deterrents to get rid of these critters and enjoy your garden again.
Put on light-coloured clothing when working in your garden. Wear long sleeves, trousers, socks and shoes to protect your skin before heading outdoors.
Watch the bees and note when they are most active in your garden. Spray bees outside your garden with extermination spray. Do not spray inside or near your garden.
Put on protective gloves. Sprinkle bee-killer granules around your yard. It may take several weeks for bees to die off.
Hunt around your garden for the bees' shelter. If you have more than a few bees visiting your garden, you may have a hive nearby. Look for cracks in walls of any buildings near your garden. Fill any cracks you find with caulk.
Collect and haul off debris in your yard, like old appliances or tires. These serve as bee shelters.
Combine liquid dish washing detergent in a spray bottle with warm water. One tsp of liquid detergent per one gallon of water is a good combination.
Pump the sprayer and spray blooms with the hose. The soapy water does not harm the plant but deters bees from feasting in your garden. Repeat this once a week until bees are gone.
- If you have swarms of bees, call a professional exterminator to remove them.
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