Natural Forms of Bee Repellent
Likely due to the painful stings they are known to impart, many people are afraid of and wish to kill bees; however, a better means of protecting yourself is to use a bee repellent. If more people would think past their fear and realize how valuable the bee is, it is likely they would see them in a much different light.
Few insects are as vital to the survival of man as the bee. Of course, there are insects that are just plain annoying, such as the mosquito. It is difficult to see how they might be of any value to anything on earth. The bee, however, is quite a different story. While we enjoy the appearance of lovely, colorful flowers during the summer and appreciate the delicious vegetables, breads and fruits on our plates, we rarely consider how we come to have them in the first place. Oh, certainly we know that vegetables are grown by farmers, harvested and then carted off to markets where they are made available for purchase; we know that the waving stalks of grain will be gathered, ground and then made into flours from which breads and pastas are made, and we know that fruits grow from the sweet blossoms that emerge on the trees and bushes in orchards. But the process isn’t quite that simple. All growing plants require some type of pollination; a service that is most often provided by the humble bee.
Many people view the bee as a menace. No one enjoys being stung, a defensive measure that the bee exhibits when it feels threatened. And there is a large number of the population that are actually allergic to the venom imparted from the sting of a bee, with the possibility of even perishing from the effects. However, there are better ways of dealing with this creature than killing it and endangering our own food supply. Using a bee repellent will discourage the flying insects from areas that you may use for family gatherings or places of relaxation in your yard. Try one of these methods to keep your yard bee free:
- Orange oil and rubbing alcohol. This combination can be used either directly on the person to avoid insect bites or “painted” on surfaces such as your deck or porch to discourage bees from hovering around the area. Two parts of orange oil to one part water
- Smoke. Burning a campfire or tiki torches around the area where you will be spending time can often keep bees at bay. Smoke has the effect of driving them away, as attested to the face that beekeepers use this method when it is time to gather honey from the hives.
- Oil combinations. Using a so called “carrier” oil such as olive oil, canola oil or sunflower oil that has been mixed with cinnamon oil, orange oil or citronella oil also helps to repel bees as well as other insects from landing upon you. A concoction consisting of 10 parts carrier oil to 1 part natural oil can be applied to the skin as a preventative measure.
Being proactive is the best alternative to having bees in the yard. When you are planning an outdoor activity, smear a mixture of brown sugar, mashed ripe bananas and beer to tree trunks and fence posts at least 30 to 40 feet away from your designated area. This mixture serves a dual purpose; it will attract lovely butterflies as well as draw bees, wasps and other insects away from your picnic area.
While no one enjoys the prospect of getting a painful sting, killing bees is definitely not the answer. Instead, use natural methods of bee repellent to keep them away; the perfect solution to living with nature.