Pools are beacons for insects and bugs, including wasps and bees. Both wasps and bees look for water which is used to build their nests as well as a place to quench their thirst. Wasps will fly about 3000 feet away from their nest to forage for food and water. Bees will travel up to two miles when foraging. Most people who are spending the summer by their pool are often forced to endure the company of stinging bees and wasps. However, there are a few ways you can help keep both wasps and bees away from your pool and avoid their stings. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control will share how to keep both bees and wasps away from your pool this summer.
Wasp Nest Decoys
Bees typically never sting people unless their nest is threatened. Wasps however will sting if they are provoked or when defending their nest. There are a number of ways to help deter wasps away from your pool. One method uses nest decoys. Wasps are very territorial and other wasps will avoid wandering in another wasp’s territory. Using a decoy nest and hanging one or two near the pool can help deter other wasps as they fear they may be entering in another territory.
Diesel Fuel Wasp Traps
You can also lure wasps away from the pool to another location by using diesel fuel. Wasps are strangely attracted to diesel fuel. You can put the fuel in a small bottle away from the pool or near a nest which can lure them away and possibly kill those that enter the bottle.
Wasp Trap Bait
You may notice that when combining a barbecue and a swimming party together there seems to be even more wasps. This is because wasps like raw meat. You can use raw meat as bait. With a good bait you can use a number of wasp traps to help capture wasps near your home. They may want water before food which means traps may not work all the time. However, it can help reduce the number of wasps invading your pool area.
Wasp Nest Removal
If there is a wasp nest near your home and wasps are frequently visiting your pool it is best to have the nest removed. Wasps will travel up to 3000 feet which is slightly more than half a mile. This means the nest may be anywhere in the neighborhood. However, if the nest is on your property you will have a massive number of wasps swarming around your pool. If you have access to the wasp nest, contact a pest control service to remove the nest and reclaim your pool.
Natural Bee Repellents
Lemongrass and Mint: Bees play a vital role in pollinating the food we eat, and we rely on them to help create and purify our air. This is why it is encouraged to use natural forms of repellents to deter bees. Bees don’t like the scent of lemongrass or mint. You can use natural oil and a diffuser when swimming to help repel the bees. For ongoing deterrents, consider having a few potted lemongrasses and or mint plants around your pool.
Dryer Sheets: Another natural way to repel bees is by using dryer sheets. You can place dryer sheets in a cup around the pool which help repel bees. It is not quite clear why bees hate the scent of dryer sheets. Nevertheless, they help to repel bees away from the pool.
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You can deter both wasps and bees away from your pool to help avoid painful stings during the summer. If you have found a wasps nest or bee hive on your property and need help removing these stinging insects, contact A Five Star Termite & Pest Control. We provide quality pest control services including those for stinging pests and more. Contact A Five Star Termite & Pest Control today.