Bees… Friend or foe?

Bees are important pollinators, but they can also be a nuisance and even a danger to humans. Sting allergies and the fear of getting stung may cause many people to avoid these buzzing insects altogether.

Luckily, there are several ways to keep bees away from you and your home without harming them. Some simple steps include keeping sweet drinks and food covered while you’re outside, avoiding wearing floral-scented perfumes or lotions, and keeping your trash cans clean and tightly sealed.

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy your time outside without worrying about pesky bees buzzing around you.

1. Keep food and garbage properly sealed.
Bees are attracted to sweet smells, so it’s important to keep food and garbage properly sealed. If you have a garbage can outside, make sure the lid is tight-fitting and there are no holes or cracks. If you’re picnicking, be sure to clean up all food scraps and dispose of them in a sealed container.

2. Don’t wear sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
Bees are also attracted to sweet smells, so it’s best to avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes when outdoors. If you must wear them, consider applying them sparingly.

3. Avoid brightly colored clothing.
Brightly colored clothing can attract bees, so it’s best to avoid wearing it when outdoors. If you must wear bright colors, consider wearing muted colors or patterns instead.

4. Keep bee hives and nests away from your home.
If you have bee hives or nests on your property, be sure to keep them away from your home. The closer they are to your home, the more likely bees will be to enter your home in search of food or water.

5. Call a professional if bees are already in your home.
If bees have already made their way into your home, it’s best to call a professional for help. A professional will be able to safely remove the bees and prevent them from returning.