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How to Repel Bees and Wasps from Your Pool Area
Bees or Wasps in the Pool?
Summer is a season that makes you want to jump right into your swimming pool and cool off. Unfortunately, bees and wasps are attracted to big water masses like swimming pools. For this reason, anyone in the pool is at risk of getting stung by a bee or wasp.
Remember that bees and wasps love pools of water, whether they’re natural or manmade. When they see your pool, they see a water haven for themselves. You’ll probably want to kill these annoying pests as soon as you see them. However, you need to think about it from an ecological standpoint. As annoying as we may find these pests to be, they are beneficial to the environment. That is why it is not a good thing to kill them.
What is the right answer then? The only solution is to repel bees and wasps from your swimming pool without actually killing them. Then you can swim in your own pool without the fear of getting stung. Meanwhile, the bees and wasps are still alive and continue to benefit the environment around you.
The Best Way to Repel Wasps from a Swimming Pool
Wasps are more difficult to repel than bees. Of course, the good thing about wasps is they eat centipedes, aphids, flies, and other small annoying pets. You could say that wasps are a natural pest eliminator. Think about this before you attempt to kill wasps by spraying the air and swatting them.
Here are ways you can protect wasps and keep them away from your pool:
1) Hang Up Fake Wasps Nests
Buy a few fake wasp nests and put them in areas around your home. Do this before the summer season, so the wasps won’t build any new nests. Instead, they’ll use your fake nests and stay away from your pool area.
2) Raw Meat
Raw meat is the favorite food of a wasp. Put some raw meat in an area of your property that is not near the pool. The wasps will all hang around this other area where the raw meat is located. That way, they’re no longer near the pool. Don’t use too much meat, though. You don’t want to have rotted meat lying around on your property.
3) Use a Professional
If there are too many wasps around your swimming pool and you cannot get them to go away by yourself, then you need to contact a professional exterminator. These professionals are trained to collect the wasps peacefully and move them somewhere else away from your pool.
The Best Way to Repel Bees from a Swimming Pool
Bees are also important to the environment. Fortunately, they are easier to remove from a pool area than wasps. No killing is needed.
Here’s how you can do that.
1) Create Another Water Source
Bees like water because they drink it. If your pool is the only exposed water source around, bees will fly into it for sure. That is why you need to create another water source for the bees to drink from.
It is important that you maintain this other water source throughout the entire summer. You should also put a small piece of cedar wood or stone on the water. This is in case the bees fall into the water and need to climb back out onto something.
Once you’ve established this setup, the bees won’t need your pool water anymore. This should greatly reduce the number of bees around.
2) Dryer Sheets
We normally use dryer sheets to freshen the smell of our clothes in the dryer. However, dryer sheets also serve a great purpose for repelling bees. In fact, bees despise dryer sheets and want to stay away from them.
Therefore, place dryer sheets around your swimming pool area. You can place them inside of baskets or underneath other objects to keep them weighed down. After you do this, bees will not want to get anywhere near them.
You’ll need to occasionally replace the dryer sheets with new ones because their effectiveness diminishes slowly in time.
3) Contact a Professional Beekeeper
If none of this is working for you, then you should contact a beekeeper in your area and have them take care of your bee problem. They can safely remove the beehive from your pool area without harming the bees.
Follow the advice that was just given, and you should have lots of success with keeping wasps and bees away from your swimming pool. These removal methods ensure the pests’ safety and it keeps the environment in good condition.
In rare cases, you may have an abundance of wasps and bees around your pool which puts people at risk. If you experience this type of situation, then destroying the beehives and nests is the only solution. But this should only be done when there is no other option. Most people find it unnecessary to go to this extreme, though.