Bee And Wasp Repellent
Updated: 20th April 2021
The bee friendly way to deter bees and wasps without harming them
I’m sometimes asked about my
recommendations for a bee and wasp repellent that can be used without causing
harm to bees and other pollinators.
There are a number of products
available, including very effective natural based ingredients that can be used
on the skin, and elsewhere.
Deet-free insect repellents
For use on the skin:
Wasp nests deterrents
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You can deter wasps from making a nest with a Waspinator.
Waspinators mimic wasp nests, discouraging actual wasps from making a nest (they're very territorial).
Other Natural Bee And Wasp
Repellent Ingredients You Can Try
Personally, I have never tried
any of the following, for the simple reason that I have never wanted to repel bees and
wasps, but I understand the following might work:
Do not spray these
mixtures directly at bees or wasps, and be sure the surface where you are
spraying can tolerate the mixture:
Crush garlic and add it to water. Spray
around the area where you wish to deter bees and wasps.
- Coin And Bag Method
It is said that a plastic transparent bag with a shiny coin inside, then filled with water and suspended from in the air close to an area where wasps might be a problem, helps to deter wasps. Apparently, this causes subtle, high pitched vibration waves the wasps can detect, but humans cannot. The wasps are deterred by the vibrations. I have received feedback telling me this method is successful.
- Aluminium Foil
Attach aluminium foil around eaves or structures where you wish to prevent wasps and bees making nests. Apparently, the reflection is disturbing to them and keeps them away. I have no idea whether or not it works - if you try it and find it is successful, please let me know (images would also be appreciated).
- White Vinegar
Again, sprayed onto the area
you wish to protect, it is said to help but, please be aware that vinegar can
damage or kill plants.
- Catnip Essential Oil
Create a spray with this to deter bees and wasps. I must admit, I'm surprised if this works. Bees love catnip (nepeta) and can't resist foraging on it. With regard to wasps, I have no idea.
- Tea Tree Oil
I have no idea if it works, but
some people do believe it to be effective, and it’s something you can try on
your skin as long as you have no allergies to the ingredients.
Bee And Wasp Repellent Products I Do Not Recommend
- Moth balls
It really depends on the
circumstances. Moth balls are not safe
to use around bees in enclosed bee hives.
Moth balls release a gas that is
toxic for bees, although if they are used in a non-enclosed space, they should
act to repel the bees, rather than actually kill them. In any event, you could instead use an aluminium foil lining stapled under the eaves, or better still, use a Waspinator as described above.
However, I tend not to
recommend moth balls because there are natural alternatives. See help with bees.
This is basically a toxic insecticide.
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