Bees are great! They pollinate flowers and crops, and they’re so helpful to our environment.
However, bees can be a little bit scary if you encounter them in your backyard or on the street. Most people don’t know how to deal with bees when they’re faced with them unexpectedly.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best ways to deal with bees in your backyard and around your house so that you can keep yourself safe while still respecting their important role in nature!
|Bees play an important role in pollinating plants and helping them grow.|
|While bees are generally not aggressive, they can sting if they feel threatened.|
|There are several ways to control bees in your backyard, such as using bee traps and planting bee-repelling plants.|
|If you find a bee nest in your backyard, it’s best to call a professional bee removal service.|
|Taking steps to keep bees away from high-traffic areas in your backyard can help prevent bee stings.|
Implement a Bee-Friendly Yard
The best way to keep bees away is to make your yard less inviting for them. If you want to discourage bees from hanging out in your backyard, then you should plant flowers that are not as attractive to them as others.
Bees will be attracted to many different types of flowers, even those that are poisonous such as dandelions, lavender, sunflowers and more!
If you don’t want to grow any plants at all then there are still other things that you can do in order to keep bees away from your house such as installing bee guards on the doors and windows where they could otherwise enter into your home.
So if you would like some ideas on how else which could help prevent these critters from entering our homes – here’s what we found:
Move Flower Plants to Your Balcony
Moving the plants to your balcony is the easiest way to keep bees from bothering you. Flowers that attract bees are usually not very attractive to people, so if you want to keep them off your patio, move those plants upstairs.
This also works well with other types of pests like beetles and wasps, as they are typically attracted to one type of plant or another.
Create a cozy and private backyard space with natural elements. If you’re looking for ways to create a more private backyard space, consider using natural elements like trees, shrubs, and plants. Check out our guide on making a small backyard private for tips on how to create a cozy and private outdoor oasis.
The Sweet scent of Flowers
You can encourage bees to stay in your backyard by planting flowers that attract them. You may be surprised to learn that bees are attracted to plants that have a sweet scent, like roses and honeysuckle.
In fact, bees will go out of their way to visit these flowers when they’re searching for food sources for the hive.
Bees are also attracted by the color yellow, so if you want to attract more bees in your backyard or garden then consider planting Borage!
Wear Light Colored Clothing
The first thing you can do is wear light colored clothing. Bees are attracted to dark colors, so wearing a white shirt or skirt will help avoid being stung by the bees.
Also, if you are allergic to bee stings or have had an allergic reaction in the past, then it’s important that you avoid wearing dark colors when working out in your backyard.
If you have been stung by a bee and plan on spending time outdoors going forward, then try wearing lighter colored clothing as well as using insect repellents with DEET (N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) on your skin and clothes before heading out into the yard again.
Get a head start on your gardening with a backyard greenhouse. If you’re an avid gardener, consider investing in a backyard greenhouse. It can extend your growing season, protect your plants from pests and harsh weather, and help you grow a wider variety of plants. Check out our guide on backyard greenhouse costs to learn more about the benefits and costs of building a greenhouse.
Plant Mint around your house
You’ve probably heard that mint is a natural mosquito repellent. It works for bees too. If you want to grow mint in your backyard, plant it in pots or containers that you can move around to locations of your choice.
Mint grows best in gravel and sand soils, so gardeners should add soil amendments before planting. You can also grow the herb indoors if you live where winters are cold; just make sure not to overwater!
Mint prefers full sunlight but will tolerate partial shade conditions as well. This perennial herb will flourish from spring through late fall with minimal care beyond watering during dry spells.
However, it does require trimming back after blooming every few weeks to promote new growth at times when temperatures are warm enough that bees have access outside their hives (typically May through October).
Don’t Swat At Bees If You’re Attacked
If a bee attacks, don’t swat at it with your hand or try to brush it away. This will only make the situation worse, because bees will defend themselves by stinging and won’t stop until they’ve been removed from the area.
Don’t Wear Sweet-Scented Fragrances Or Cologne.
It’s a myth that bees are attracted to flowers. They don’t get a sweet buzz from nectar, and they’re not interested in pollinating them either.
Instead, bees are attracted to sweet smells and fragrances, colognes and perfumes are all included in this group.
If you want to avoid attracting bees with your scent as you work or play outside (or just relax on your porch), stay away from these scents:
- Perfume or body lotion
Anchor your gazebo to concrete for added stability. A gazebo is a great addition to any backyard, but it’s important to anchor it properly to ensure stability in wind and inclement weather. Check out our guide on how to anchor a gazebo to concrete for step-by-step instructions on how to secure your gazebo.
Don’t Wear Bright Colors Or Patterns
It’s a no-brainer. Bees are attracted to bright colors, so if you’re wearing anything that attracts their attention, then they will be more likely to sting you.
That means if you’re not interested in being stung by bees, then don’t wear anything that would attract them like bright clothing or jewelry.
Bees are also naturally aggressive when defending their nests and hives from intruders (you). If you do decide to go against our advice and wear something that attracts bees anyway, at least make sure it’s dark in color!
Avoid Wearing Colognes or Scents Around Beehives/bee houses.
It is also important to avoid wearing colognes or perfumes to your beekeeping practice. Bees are attracted to sweet scents, so you want to make sure that you don’t wear anything that could attract bees.
This also includes using scented soaps, lotions and shampoos. If you are working with a hive that has been established for some time (and therefore no longer needs pollination services), it is okay to wear bright colors such as white or yellow but avoid patterns because they can be distracting and distressing for the bees.
Keep your gazebo secure in windy conditions. High winds can be a major threat to your backyard gazebo, but there are steps you can take to keep it secure. Check out our guide on how to secure a gazebo from wind for tips on how to keep your gazebo safe and secure during windy conditions.
Call A Professional Bee Remover If There’s A Hive On Your Property
The best way to deal with bees on your property is to call a professional bee remover. These professionals are trained to handle bees, and they know how to safely remove them from your home or property.
They also have the tools needed for this job like protective clothing and special vacuum hoses that you probably don’t have lying around your garage.
Here are some additional resources on managing bees in your backyard:
Keep Bees Away from Pool: This article provides tips on how to keep bees away from your pool area.
How to Keep Bees Away from Patio or Deck: This article offers advice on how to keep bees away from your patio or deck.
How to Get Rid of Bees: Home Remedies: This guide explains how to get rid of bees using home remedies.
How do I control bees in my backyard?
There are a few ways to control bees in your backyard, such as using bee traps, planting bee-repelling plants, and sealing up any gaps in your home’s exterior where bees might nest.
What attracts bees to my backyard?
Bees are attracted to flowers, pollen, and nectar, so if you have a lot of flowers in your backyard, you may see more bees. Additionally, certain scents and colors can also attract bees.
Can bees damage my home or property?
While bees typically won’t damage your home or property, they can be a nuisance if they build a nest in a high-traffic area or if someone in your household is allergic to bee stings.
How can I tell if there is a bee nest in my backyard?
If you see a lot of bees in your backyard, it’s possible that there is a nest nearby. Look for areas where bees might be able to build a nest, such as in trees, under eaves, or in holes in the ground.
What should I do if I find a bee nest in my backyard?
If you find a bee nest in your backyard, it’s best to call a professional bee removal service. Attempting to remove the nest on your own can be dangerous, especially if you are allergic to bee stings.
If you’re still concerned about bees, we recommend calling a professional bee remover to take care of the problem.
If you want to learn more about how to keep bees at bay, check out our other blog posts on this topic.
I am Hellen James, a landscape architect. For many years I have written about landscaping for various publications; however, recently decided to focus my writing on personal experience as a profession.