When the sun is shining, there's nothing better than heading outdoors to enjoy your yard. If the bees outside are interfering with your plans for fun, create a natural bee repellent to use when you are outdoors to keep the bees away from your family and your favorite places.
Bumble bees and smaller, hairless bees are valuable insects to have around your home. They pollinate plants in your garden and yard, helping them thrive. Both types of bees live in colonies, with workers gathering pollen and nectar while the queen and drones focus on reproduction. Bees aren't usually dangerous unless they are swarming or believe that their hive is threatened.
To make a natural bee repellent to use outdoors, you need water, hot peppers, a bulb of garlic and white vinegar. Chop up two or three hot chili peppers. Keep the skins and the seeds. Chop up the garlic bulb, too. Set the water to boiling on the stove. Once it just begins to boil, remove it from heat and pour it on the peppers and garlic. Let them sit until the water is cool, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle until it is 5/6 of the way full. Fill the rest of the bottle with white vinegar. Shake it up to mix the water and vinegar well.
The spray contains garlic oil and vinegar, both of which are natural insect repellents. It is also infused with capsaicin from the peppers. This compound creates a burning sensation on contact, which drives bees away. Spray the repellent around patios, grills and your children's favorite places to play. In sunny weather, reapply the spray every 10 days. In rainy weather, spray it again every five days.
Do not use this spray indoors; the same compound that burns bees can burn you if it is applied in close quarters. The smell is also too strong for indoor use. The repellent loses effectiveness after about four weeks. Make only as much as you need for a month. After four weeks, discard any leftover solution and make a fresh batch. If you get any on your skin while using it, wash it away with soap and water.
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