Now that summer is here, many of us in the Albuquerque area will be spending more time outside. However, wasps and bees are also active in summer. Crossing paths with them can result in annoyance, stings and even serious allergic reactions. So, how can you keep bees and wasps from ruining your fun in the sun this summer naturally? Read on to find out.
Plants That Attract Bees & Wasps
Since bees and wasps are pollinators, naturally they’re attracted to plants. Here are plants that bees and/or wasps are especially fond of:
- Black-eyed Susan
- Perennial Yarrow
- Pale Purple Coneflower
- Sweet Fennel
- Queen Anne’s Lace
If you have any of these plants close to your home, consider moving them further away. Especially if they’re close to a patio or other heavily used outdoor space.
Plants That Repel Bees & Wasps
There are also several plants that repel bees and wasps, usually because they have a strong smell that bees and wasps dislike. These plants include:
If you’re looking to keep bees and wasps away and don’t mind the smell, consider adding some of these plants near the outdoor spaces of your home, such as a porch or patio.
Bees, Wasps and Food
Stinging insects, especially wasps, are also attracted to food. This can be a challenge because whether it’s barbecues, picnics or kids with ice cream, eating food outside is a part of summer. There are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of stinging insects interfering with your barbecue or picnic:
- If you’re eating or drinking outside, remember to promptly put away food and drinks.
- When you put food in your trash can, make sure it’s securely closed.
- Keep sugary drinks closed or covered to keep bees and wasps out.
However, as is the case with plants, there are some food items that bees and wasps don’t like, including:
- Bay Leaves
- Cayenne Pepper
- Sliced Cucumber
If you keep one or more of these close to you while you’re enjoying the outdoors, it could help keep bees and wasps away. For example, you could place cinnamon sticks or a glass of vinegar on a patio table. Or bring some sliced cucumber on a plate if you’re eating a meal outside.
How to Make an All-Natural Bug Repellent
Another way to keep stinging insects away naturally is to make an essential oil-based pest repellent spray. Wasps and bees are repelled by the smell of the essential oils below:
- Citronella oil
- Clove oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Geranium oil
- Peppermint oil
- Rosemary oil
Simply combine two drops of essential oil per ounce of water to make a natural alternative to store bought insect repellent.
Best Bee & Wasp Removal in Albuquerque NM
If you have a serious infestation, these techniques may not be enough. You may need to hire a local pest control professional to get rid of the bees or wasps on your property. Pest Defense Solutions has been providing pest control services to the Albuquerque NM area since 2008. Contact us today to learn more and get a free quote!