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9 Tips on How to Keep Bees Away


Bees are essential to our ecosystem as they help to keep plants growing by consuming plant pollen. If you have a lot of these insects around, you should be aware that they will cause economic and ecological problems if not controlled. You can employ several methods to keep carpenter bees away from your porch, deck, patio, or garden. This article will be explaining to you a few ways on how to keep bees away safely.

What Are Bumble Bees?

Bumble bees, also known as Bombus Terrestris, are one of the most important pollinators in the world. These small creatures help to spread pollen and flowers throughout the environment, which is why they’re so important for a healthy ecosystem.

Bumblebees are unique because they have two sets of wings: The hind wings are smaller and work as sensors, allowing them to navigate using echolocation. The larger front wings help them fly.

Bumblebees live in colonies of around 50 females, and they’re young. Bee nest colonies consist of a queen and her workers who care for the young and manage the colony’s resources.

What Are Honey Bees? 

Honeybees are one of the key pollinators in the world. They help to produce crops that we eat and play an essential role in the global food system. The honey bee lives in colonies of millions of individuals, and they use their wings to move from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollinating plants.


What Attract Bees?

Some factors that may include nectar, pollen, water availability, and temperature are some of the possible attractions.

What Repels Bees?

 Plants that repel bees include geraniums, roses, dahlias, yews, and bougainvillea. These plants produce oils or essential oils that have an unpleasant odor to bees and are great at deterring bees away. Keeping bees away does not need to be a difficult task. 

There are a myriad of things homeowners can use to deter bees from invading their property. Keeping trash cans away from your home is a good idea. 

Using household items like cotton balls, bug repellant, and ensuring that you have no items like open drinks to draw them are great ways to keep them away.


Lemongrass contains safe organic compounds that are potent insecticides. For this reason, you’ll find it helpful to use a non-toxic spray that contains a concentrated form of lemongrasses. Use a spray bottle on the flowers liberally during early spring and late summer.

Do not try to spray too near the beehive, since they will likely react and may defend the hive. Do not use this spray on trees, flowerbeds, or gardens with flowers and plants that honey bees want to pollinate.


A typical household weed, rosemary contains many natural compounds that can be lethal to insects. However, its scent is also effective in keeping them away. Mix three parts rosemary with two parts water and spray the area.

You should spray the plant twice a year; however, it may not be necessary if you keep honey bees away from your garden. Repel carpenter bees by pouring the hot oil through a cloth into a garbage can. Wait twenty-four hours before washing out the jug.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is a well-known natural repellent for bees. Many people use it as an effective way to keep bees away from their flowers and plants. This is because vanilla extract contains chemicals that make bees dislike the smell of flowers and fruit.

Essential oils

You can apply Tea tree oil to the frames or jars where the honeybees are entering to keep them away. Essential oils, though, are entirely natural and free of any harmful chemicals that can harm the environment or people.

Applying essential oil bee repellent directly to the frames or jars where the honeybees are entering will not harm them or the hive at all. These natural products offer beekeepers a safe way to stay away from dangerous insects without actually killing or hurting them.


You may also want to try adding vinegar to your hive. Several brands of apple cider vinegar use an active ingredient called malic acid to repel them. However, just like essential oil, vinegar that contains malic acid should be applied to frames only and not directly to the hive or your garden.

Using dryer sheets around your yard is a less obvious method that works similar to placing vinegar in your frames.

This scent is most effective when insects are entering to pollinate nearby flowers or plants but can be used anywhere you want to repel honey bees if placed strategically.

Citronella Bee Repellent Candles

The use of Citronella a popular alternative is the use of citronella candles. If you use a porch light or garden hose, put the candle holder several inches away from the hive. the smell is very unpleasant they will quickly leave.

A simple citronella candle will not cost much money, so putting out one will not cost you anything as well. It would help if you placed this candle near the entrance to your hive as well as wasp nests in your home.

Preferably at the entrance, you will most likely be going into your hive to remove your honey or collect your eggs. If they can smell the scent of the candle, they will probably avoid entering your hive, which will reduce your chances of having trouble in the future.

Spray Garlic Solutions around Your Home

Crushed garlic has been proven to have many uses throughout the years and is still one of the oldest known remedies to combat bee populations. Many different kinds of insects are known to hate the smell of garlic. Put some garlic paste into the jar and shake it up with some sugar water.

Place the s sugar water and garlic solution near the beehive. The pungent and sticky solution will act as a deterrent. You can do this once every day or as directed on the box. It won’t harm them if they go through it, and you won’t damage your hives if they take the solution in there.


A very popular method of getting rid of bees is through the use of cinnamon. The smell of cinnamon is a deterrent, just like citrus smells are. Therefore, placing cinnamon sticks in a jar or other container close to your hive is very effective.

Be sure to place the jar with the cinnamon sticks at an entrance where the insects are likely entering your hive to collect their food. Another idea of repelling them with cinnamon is by making a concoction made from mixing cinnamon and honey and then placing it in the hive.

Use Bird Feeders

Small birds such as purple martins feed on bees, wasps, termites, and ants. This natural predator acts as a significant deterrent to bees and wasps entering your home. You can place different bird feeders around your houses, such as hummingbird feeders and Window Feeders. You can paint the hummingbird feeders and Window Feeders in bright colors. This is to attract the birds.

Spray Your Plants with a Mild Soap Solution

Bees are susceptible to most chemicals, and if you want to keep them away, it is best to avoid or use very mild soap solutions to repel them away from your home. It would help if you never used anything with a detergent to attract more bees to your home.

You should also be careful about the detergent you use and ensure that it does not have bleach, as this is very dangerous for insects. Finally, it would help if you tried to use any organic liquid detergent and avoid any synthetic detergent as this will attract more bees to your home.


Remember to take precautions around your yard so as not to attract unwanted insects to your new home. Keep an eye on food crops close to your house and especially on your garden. Suppose you see any wandering bee or wasps looking for a place to build their nest; remove them immediately. You can do this by covering them with cedar chips.

It’s important to note that not all bee species are endangered kind. If you need help determining the difference please contact us and we will gladly come and assess your situation.