How to bee proof your house

Vermin, pests, creepy crawlies. Call them what you like. Mother Nature’s pets will always find their way into your home. Bees are a natural part of our eco-system and in order for our planet to remain sustainable, we need them around. But preferably not in and around our homes. The bee population is dwindling and killing them off should not be your only resort.

Carpenter bee traps

This kind of trap tricks the bees into entering through a hole made in a piece of wood. Once inside, the bees fall down into an empty plastic bottle. This is an instant solution, but it won’t root out the source of the problem.

The smell of citronella

The smell of citronella is a natural bee repellent and will not harm the bees. They will merely be warded off by the smell. Light citronella candles around the area where the bees are congregating. Do this when you start to notice the first few bees roaming around to make a nest and before the end of day you will find them missing in action.

Garlic powder

While considering whether to buy your home and inputting figures into your mortgage loan calculator, bees were the last factor you considered. Get those pesky tenants out by sprinkling garlic powder where the bees gather. Try not to sprinkle any directly onto the bees, as this may be lethal to them.

Cucumber peels

Cucumber peels give off a scent which bees and many other insects find revolting. By scattering a handful about the bees are very likely to flee. In addition, the composting cucumber peels will aid in fertilising plants in the garden.

What not to do

  • Should you notice that the hive contains honey, it is best to hire a professional to remove it. A hive that is not removed before the wax decays will result in structural damage, not to mention a honey-waxy mess.
  • Children, pets or anyone who isn’t wearing protective gear such as a bee suit shouldn’t be anywhere the area that is being treated.
  • Some bees may be more aggressive than others on windy and cloudy days, as they cannot hunt for food in those conditions. No matter what kind of bee you’re facing, they should always be approached with caution.

Always bear in mind that bees can be dangerous, especially if you are unaware that you are allergic to bee stings.

Always tread with caution and call for help if you’re in doubt.

Authored by: Pete Anderson

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