So, you’re trying to keep bees away from your home.
We’ll cover everything you need to know all in one place.
I’ve scoured the ‘net for all the most effective ways to naturally repel and control bees from your home, yard, and even inside your house!
These are based on my own experiences and research online. Feel free to bookmark this page so you can refer back to it quickly on your journey.
Try out these tips to help you get rid of bees naturally and keep your home bee-free!
Sound good? Let’s get started!
Why are bees coming into my house?
If you have bees coming into your home, it’s likely because you have bees in your yard.
I mean, they can’t just spawn out of nowhere, right?
Bees come in many different species, but they’re all very similar in what they look for.
If your yard naturally attracts bees, it’s not difficult for a bee to make its way into your home.
They can do this through an open window, door, or even hitchhike on your laundry!
They could also be attracted to something in your home, such as the coolness, warmth, or something that smells sweet. Floral patterns and bright colors are also factors.
So if you have bright wallpaper, furniture, curtains, or anything else in your home, these can all attract bees to go inside your house.
To stop bees from coming into your home, it starts with stopping them from getting into your yard.
Once you control the bee population outdoors, you should no longer have problems with bees indoors.
Does that make sense?
Don’t kill bees!
Whatever the case you may be dealing with, it’s important to never kill bees.
They do A LOT for nature’s ecosystem and we should only relocate or repel- but never kill. These tips covered throughout this DIY pest control tutorial won’t kill bees.
Some bees are endangered and it can even be illegal to kill them.
There are natural and safer approaches compared to traditional commercial pesticides and traps. Please do your diligence and don’t harm any bees.
They don’t know any better.
What are some home remedies to get rid of bees?
There are a bunch of DIY methods to get rid of bees and keep them away from your home.
Here are a few of the most effective ones you can do for cheap.
Peppermint oil seems to be the all-star for a wide variety of DIY pest control applications. And bees are no exception.
Because of the strong scent that emanates from peppermint oil, bees seem to hate the scent and will stay away.
You can use either the peppermint plant or peppermint oil. You can buy potted peppermint at your local nursery.
Potted plants are easy- just buy a bunch of peppermint plants and place them around your home.
Use them in key areas like your windows, doors, and other entryways.
You can put the plant indoors or outdoors, as long as they’re surrounding your home and making a barrier of peppermint.
You can even place them around your entire outdoor yard to prevent bees from coming nearby.
Use them as “repellent stations” to keep bees away from your garden and home!
Just like cats, bees hate cucumbers.
You can just get cucumber peels and place them in strategic areas to keep them away.
This means you can put the cucumber peels in places like:
- Near doors
- Around your home
- Throughout your yard
- Within your greenhouse
- On your patio
Pretty much anywhere you put the peels will repel the bees. You can use this to keep them away for cheap.
And the best part? It’s all-natural!
Cinnamon is another thing bees hate.
You can buy cinnamon powder, oil, or just raw cinnamon. Whatever you get, take the stuff and spread it all over your home.
Spread the cinnamon wherever you want to keep bees away from you. You can place the cinnamon sticks around your windows to keep them from flying in.
Or you can place them outdoors around the yard to naturally repel them. The choice is yours!
Get a few cloves of garlic and crush them, then soak them for 48 hours.
Pour the mixture entirely into a spray bottle and then spray it whenever you to repel bees.
You can apply this DIY bee repellent to your home, porch, deck, or whatever else you want.
Of course, if you hate the smell of garlic, you should probably keep it outdoors. Reapply as necessary.
Buy some marigold plants from the store. Get them potted. Then place the pots in your garden or inside your home.
Either one will help repel bees and keep them away.
The bright flowers of the marigold plant keep them from bothering you as they hate the sight of marigolds for some reason.
You can use these potted plants as natural repellent stations to keep it a bee-free zone. Place them around your patio or deck or maybe even right on your windowsill!
DIY bee attractant
Before you ask:
“Wasn’t this supposed to be an article about keeping bees away, rather than attracting them?”
This approach works by attracting them to keep them away.
Let me explain.
This is a concoction that seems to work pretty well against bees.
You’ll need to make a very sweet liquid that’ll attract a ton of bees.
The trick is to attract all of them to one area so they avoid disturbing you. If you’re just outdoors trying to tend to your plants or read a book, you can set up this bee bait to keep them confined to a specific area.
Here’s how to make it.
What you’ll need:
- Orange juice
How to make it:
- Mix it all together into a bowl.
How to use it:
- Place the bowl anywhere that you want to bees to be.
- They’ll be attracted to the sweet scent and will flock to the bowl.
They’ll swarm over there and buzz around. This means they’ll leave you alone.
Of course, keep this away from you as you don’t want to be nearby when there are so many.
When you’re done, wait until there are no more bees to dispose of it.
You can wait until nighttime, but be sure there aren’t any bees remaining that you can’t see. Or else you may get stung.
This is another essential oil that you can use to make some cotton ball repellents.
All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with fennel oil. Get the whole thing soaked up well.
Then place the cotton balls around your home in key locations. Think doorposts and windowsills, as they often enter form these locations.
You can also place these cotton balls outdoors, but they tend to dry up quickly from evaporation.
This is a very effective approach to keep bees away from your house.
Just like fennel oil, you can make hyssop cotton ball stations.
Try both and see the difference. Check out which one works best for your bee situation.
Different bee species respond differently to different essential oils.
The last oil on the list.
You can make a thyme sock that you can hang anywhere you want. Seems to be pretty effective.
Here’s how to make the sock:
- Try taking an old sock and dipping it in this oil completely.
- When the sock is saturated with thyme oil, go ahead and wring it out a few times.
- Then hang the sock above windows and doors to stop bees from entering your home.
You can also hang the sock under hummingbird feeders or birdhouses to keep bees from eating the precious bird nectar.
How to repel bees from yourself
Sometimes you just need to protect yourself before your house, you know?
This section covers some natural home remedies you can use to protect yourself from bees.
Try out a few of them and see which one works best for you. They’re all relatively safe for humans and pets.
Be sure that you’re not allergic or anything. And use common sense.
Just like cinnamon, vanilla is another thing you can use to keep bees off yourself.
You’d want to get a small bottle of vanilla extract from any grocery store.
Mix the extract (1 tablespoon) with a half-cup of water and apply it directly to your skin. This acts as a natural bee repellent to keep them off of yourself.
You can also apply baby oil to your skin to make bees go away. They also hate this stuff just like vanilla.
And last on the list is baby powder.
You can apply the powder directly to your skin and bees will stay away.
You can also sprinkle baby powder around your window sills, doors, or anywhere else around your home to act as a repellent.
Bees tend to stay away from baby powder and the best part is that it’s safe for kids and pets!
Don’t wear floral clothing
This is an obvious one- don’t wear any bright color or clothing with flowers.
Bees aren’t the brightest pest around and will be attracted to your clothing if it’s bright or floral. This means avoiding color like yellow, green, red, purple, etc.
Wear some less flashy colors and the bees will stay away.
Don’t apply scented products
Bees will be attracted to scented perfume or cologne.
They also sniff out things like aftershave, lotion, sunscreen, deodorant, hair spray, body mist, or any other smelly substance.
Avoid using these scented products to stop the bees from coming to you.
What smells do bees hate?
We talked about some scents that bees like.
Now let’s talk about what they hate.
Vinegar is one thing bees hate.
You can just take pure vinegar and spray it whenever you want to keep bees away from.
This approach doesn’t last long because it evaporates, so consider pouring a large amount into a cup. Then place the cup wherever you want.
Tea tree oil
They hate the scent of tea tree oil and you can repel them using just a few drops of this stuff around your shirt collar.
Also put a few drops on your legs, wrists, and back. You may smell herbal, but at least you won’t be dealing with bees.
You can sprinkle garlic powder around the yard surrounding your home.
This works the same as the garlic spray we just spoke about previously.
Try applying the powder directly to flowers to overpower the scent of the flower.
Without the sweet smell, the bees won’t come to your home in the first place.
Salami is already pretty smelly so bees are taking a hint.
Just place bits of salami around areas where you want to keep them away.
Note that you’ll have to dispose of this meat early because if you leave it out, it’ll attract other pests.
How do I get rid of bees in my siding?
If you have them hiding in your siding, you’ll probably only see the bees entering the nest or exiting it. You should first locate the nest.
After you’re sure where the nest is, apply some insecticide after it turns to night.
Be sure you only apply the poison at night, and wear protective gloves and clothing.
You probably won’t be able to handle this with a home remedy and you should consult a professional or get professional insecticide.
How to keep bees away from the balcony
Bees on the balcony can be repelled by many different DIY methods. I’d suggest starting off with marigold plants since they grow outdoors and will naturally repel them.
You can also use any of the methods we discussed above:
- Essential oils (fennel, hyssop, tea tree, thyme)
- Garlic powder
- Thyme sock
- Baby powder
How to keep bees away from the pool
Bees do need a source of water and a pool offers more than they could ever ask for.
The easiest answer would be to invest in a pool cover. Bees are attracted to pools and tend to drink by the poolside.
This will protect your pool from bees and many other pests. If that’s not an option, then consider using a variety of the methods above.
Set up bee repellent stations. Apply garlic or baby powder. Use essential oils. Plant marigolds. Hang thyme socks. Use vinegar stations (literally mason jars with vinegar).
You can place vinegar jars around your pool’s perimeter. You can also plant marigolds around the pool to form a barrier. Also, consider using fabric softener sheets. There are many different things you could do there.
You have a ton of options to work with so just pick a few and run with them!
How to keep bees away from trees
Tree bees (sorry, had to) can be managed by using a combination of essential oils and plants.
You can plant some marigolds in pots and place them near the trees.
You can then hang some thyme-infused socks on branches of the tree also. If you need a stronger approach, considering using garlic, baby powder, or commercial approaches.
Vinegar water seems to work pretty well. You can just add some vinegar and water into a spray bottle, then spray it directly all over the tree.
You can also do the same with other things they hate- use essential oils, baby oil, baby powder, marigolds, and more.
You can also hang dryer fabric softeners around your trees to keep them away. For some reason, they hate the smell of these softeners.
There are also organic sprays you can buy from the store. Always use organic when dealing with edibles.
A lot of bees will be attracted to apple trees or other sweet-smelling fruits. Use these techniques to keep them away from your apples.
Always be sure to wash your fruits or veggies before you eat them.
How to keep bees away from the car
Bees on your car can be a pain to deal with.
Who wants to enter their car when a bee is right there?
Sadly, your options can be quite limited. Bees hang around your car because you kill a huge number of bugs when you drive. They’ll eat them directly off your car.
There’s also the possibility that they could be building a nest on your car somewhere, especially if you don’t drive it daily.
Other than parking it in a different location, there’s not much you can do.
Any spray may damage the paint job and devalue the car. If you park the car in the same place every day and it’s not a public area (such as your driveway), you can actually just get a bunch of marigold plants.
You can also try dabbing some peppermint oil around your car’s door seals and windows.
Don’t use it directly on the paint. Try it in a small, unnoticeable area first to see if it damages the car before you go all out.
Then just place them around the car. This may be enough to keep them away from your car.
How to keep bees away from a wooden deck
Bees on your deck are easy to deal with because you have so many options.
Consider using a combination of essential oil stations. Hang a thyme sock. Set up a bee bait bowl. Use garlic powder or baby powder. Spray essential oils.
You can also hang dryer fabric softener sheets around your deck. Or use a vinegar spray. There are a TON of possibilities.
All of these can handle bees on your deck. Read the previous sections for detailed steps.
How to prevent bees from getting into the home
Once you have your outdoor bee problem controlled, you should no longer have any bees coming in.
But you can also take more measures to stop any future bees from slipping through the cracks.
The key is to maintain.
You’ll want to carefully take a gander at your home and make sure everything is fixed and in complete working order.
You can protect your home from bees by:
- Fixing any damaged window or patio screens
- Sealing crevices and cracks around door frames or windows
- Repairing damaged vents
- Setting up DIY bee repellents around your garden and home
- Fixing damaged roof shingles
- Repairing damage chimney vents
- Repairing damaged wood pillars or sidings
- Sealing up foundation cracks
Practicing basic garden maintenance also will help control bee populations:
- Keeping plants pruned and trimmed
- Don’t overwater or overfertilize
- Dispose of leaf litter
- Secure trash cans and garbage bins
- Cover woodpiles
- Manage pools
- Keep lawns mowed (which can also help prevent other pests like kudzu bugs)
Did you get rid of your bee problem?
You have everything you need to know about keeping bees away from your home.
With patience and persistence, you should now be able to keep them out!
If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. Or if you found this to be helpful, let me know!
Feel free to tell a friend about this guide also =]!
Thanks for reading.
Currently an active researcher in the pest control industry for the past 8 years- with a focus on using natural and organic methods to eliminate pest problems.
I share handy DIY pest techniques I come across here to help out others (and possibly save them from a mental breakdown).
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