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Anyone have a cure for keeping wasps, bees off my patio?


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I live on a 3rd floor apartment, and like to sit on my patio to watch the sun set but almost every evening and throughout the day bees hover around or wasps or hornets, I do not see any nests and do not have flowers just herbs, is there some home remedy smell or product to deter them, it is frustrating....grrr I have tried googling this question but have had no answers? 

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I found a few ideas.  

1) There is an native trick that works great for repelling yellow jackets. Get a small paper lunch bag and fill it with a crumpled piece of paper so it keeps it's shape. Tie a string to it and hang it from a corner of your house or tree where you want to work. Wasps are territorial and visual in nature, they mistake the paper bag for another nest and will stay away.

2) Try essential oils diluted in witch hazel and glycerin.  Maybe rosemary oil, penny royal, cedar wood oil.  Spray it on yourself and your plants.  This sounds a bit pricey to me unless you already have this stuff on hand.

3) Put out cucumber slices.  What?? Could this actually work?  

4)  Put out onion, garlic and peppers.  What does this mean "put them out?"  I would get some plants I guess and see how that works.

BTW I googled bee wasp deterrent... 

I'd suggest that you look for a nest nearby that needs removed.

Call the maintenance in your building.

wrap your house in bubble wrap...works every time...

Well, is it bees or hornets? Because bees are harmless, they are not aggressive. And they're awesome for nature and for people. Hornets on the other hand...

*remembers the time a wasp got stuck in her bikini top*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*cries*

If it's yellow jacket wasps, then they are not after flowers.  They like garbage and rotted fruit.  If anyone in your neighborhood has an unkempt trash can, they will be attracted. 

We sometimes have huge cicada wasps here.  They feed on cicadas by stinging them and dragging their bodies into burrows in the ground.  There they lay their eggs in the still living bug and cover it up.  Nasty!  But they are not interested in people meat.

Honeybees and bumblebees won't hurt you unless you hurt them or get too close to their nests.  Also, those big black carpenter bees don't sting except when they are nesting and you happen to put your hand on, or sit on the piece of wood they have hollowed out for their eggs. 

If it's carpenter bees, then look for wooden surfaces with holes and treat them with repellant.  You can also stuff the holes with steel wool and they will have to abandon the nest. 

I'm wondering if citronella candles would have any effect.  Does anyone know?

 

I've heard that bay leaves keep some insects away. This would be a cheap rememdy to try. Tie a few together and let dangle from the roof or a plant.

The paper bag trick REALLY works but you need around 2 of them  use the small brown lunch bags and hang one from  the under side of the umbrella

Original Post by cptbunny:

Well, is it bees or hornets? Because bees are harmless, they are not aggressive. And they're awesome for nature and for people. Hornets on the other hand...

*remembers the time a wasp got stuck in her bikini top*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*cries*

 LOL  bunny

I had a potted plant on my porch and kept seeing bees fly in and out (or so I thought).  Well I didn't want to kill the bees so I lifted this pot (big heavy terra cotta type) and placed it by the garage in the flower bed. 

After awhile there seemed to be more and more and one day my son threw down his helmet and it tapped the pot.  The 'bees' swarmed and covered it.  I looked and realized these were no bees!  These were yellow jackets!  I can't believe I carried that huge pot full or yellow jackets/hornets!  holy crap.

So, I poured gasoline on them and they died instantly.  I then tipped over the pot and inside the nest was bigger than a basketball with layer upon layer of combs.. arrrggghhh, thousands of hornets!!! 

*shivers with the heebie jeebies*

Wow that is quite a story....sheesh......I am willing to try anything, but as I said they are all over the building, may be the garbage but I think at this time of year they seem to be looking for a place to nest, is there a "repellent" that once they smell it drives them off???..BEB

 Why not call maintenance in your building to handle it? o_O Ask them?  I once saw a snake near our buildings and called them. They put out some ' snake away ' product just as a precaution.

Everyone laughed at me saying: " They aren't going on a snake hunt for you." Lol. They thought I was weird to call maintenance about it. They were helpful though! So hey...

 

Original Post by moonikins:

I've heard that bay leaves keep some insects away. This would be a cheap rememdy to try. Tie a few together and let dangle from the roof or a plant.

 I have a bay leaf plant. unfortunately, it doesn't keep anything away except elephants and giraffes.

Worth a try, but I know they will say it's nothing they can do?  That would mean they would have to clean the garbage cans...I don't see that?'

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