How to keep bees and wasps away from your porch
The summer months are a great time to sit outside on the porch with a nice cold drink and relax the days and evenings away. However, nothing spoils this time than when you hear the first ‘buzz’ of the day as, seemlying, all the bees and wasps within 100 sq miles decide your porch is where it should be. And, not only do they want to be there, but they also seem insistent on stinging you for some reason. So, how can you prevent them from taking over your porch and prevent them from getting too close to you?
We have a few ideas here:
1. Try some essential oils on the parts of your porch visited by these insects. Bees and wasps don’t like scents as much as we do – such as lavender, peppermint, orange oil, and lemon oil. There is nothing harmful about these sorts of oils so long as they aren’t ingested orally. You could even try cooking with these items sometimes! You can purchase pre-mixed insect repellent sachets or make up your own.
2. Try using a surface spray on the parts of your porch where you don’t want insects to land or congregate. It acts as a ‘do not land’ sign and is made from non-toxic chemicals that keep these pesky insects at bay. They will still be able to fly around, but they won’t be landing/staying near your porch.
3. Keep any cans, glasses, and containers with food and drink in them closed and secured so the bees and wasps can’t get to them. You could even wrap cling film tightly around the lip of the glass so there is no gap they can crawl underneath – alternatively, you could place all drinks jars inside another container with a tight-fitting lid (like a bucket, bin, etc.)
4. Seal off any gaps in the wood or any other parts of your porch that could enable insects to get into it and then, later on, onto your porch too. You can use caulk for this job if you’d like, but there is a specially designed ‘insect barrier’ which you can purchase and apply around the edges of your porch and windows, so there’s no way they can get through. The worst thing about these sorts of insects is that they do tend to return every year once they’ve found somewhere nice and warm to stay (read: your porch).
5. Try hanging up some insect zapping lamps near/on the edge of your porch as well as placing them inside at night time. These will trap the insects and then kill them off via electrocution. They will also create a warm glow on your porch, which is perfect for those evenings spent outside on a summer night.
6. If you don’t like these ideas, we suggest simply sitting on the other side of the porch! You could even purchase some patio heaters (which can be found online or in any garden/DIY stores) and face them towards the edge of the porch, so they attract insects away from where you’re sitting. Or, another idea would be to hang mosquito netting around your chairs and place it up as high as possible (at least 2ft). However, this doesn’t work as well as an actual screen door as some insects such as wasps can quickly get through the tiny holes in the netting.
7. Make sure you clean your porch regularly with many cleaning products designed to kill insects on contact. Spray them everywhere, even on the edges of the building/wood if you wish – this will make it unusable by these pests, and they may find somewhere else to be instead!
8. If all else fails, try asking an exterminator for their help or purchase some sprays/powders containing natural ingredients which are approved for killing insects but are safe to use around children and pets too. Just remember that bees and wasps only come out during certain times of year (mainly when there is a lot of pollen in the air), so don’t stress if you can’t get rid of them at first – they will be gone soon enough!
Use vinegar to keep bees and wasps away from your porch.
You can use a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to spray onto the areas of your porch where these insects tend to congregate. It’s straightforward – just pour equal parts of each into a spray bottle and give it a good shake. You might want to mix up enough for one or two sprays, as even though this is all-natural, you don’t want the smell lingering around on your porch forever! Of course, if they return later, you could always try using it again, but if not, at least you know you aren’t harming anyone with this solution!
Using bicarbonate of soda to keep bees and wasps away from your porch
Bicarbonate of soda is another natural solution that has been proven to work wonders at killing insects on contact. It will be particularly effective when it’s humid, like during the summer months, which is why it’s perfect for getting rid of these bugs! There are two ways you can use this – one is simply by sprinkling some onto an old baking tray or newspaper (or whatever you’d like) then setting light to it. This is safe enough but won’t kill any insects/bugs around your porch, so if there are still some lurking under the wood or in other parts, they’ll continue doing so. Instead, try mixing up a half cup of bicarbonate of soda with a few drops of lemon juice until it turns into a paste. Then spread the mixture around the porch, and you can even sprinkle some onto the edges as well to keep them away from that part too!
Bicarbonate of soda paste made with a few drops of lemon juice. Be sure to spray your porch down with vinegar or pour some bicarbonate of soda into a tray/even directly onto the ground before you set fire to it!
What smells keep bees and wasps away?
Bees and wasps can’t stand the smell of lavender – it’s a well-known natural repellent which means you should plant some in your garden or even hang a bunch inside near your porch. You could also try hanging up lemon geraniums to keep these creatures away from your outdoor areas instead!
If you want to avoid making a mess, try placing a few drops of lavender oil onto an old dishcloth, then just set that down on the nearest ledge to where the insects are most bothersome. If you don’t have any lavender plants around, why not buy some online? This is undoubtedly one solution worth trying for yourself, especially if you’re having problems with bees and wasps during certain parts of the year!
Another great one is peppermint oil – just mix a few drops with some water inside a spray bottle, then give the areas you wish to treat a good dousing. Like lavender, this will also repel other insects, so be sure not to use it around your porch if there are any ants or anything else crawling around near where you’ve sprayed! How else can I deter wasps and bees?
Some people swear by using garlic water as another natural way of keeping insects away. Still, because this compound has never been scientifically proven to do anything, it’s probably best avoided, especially if children are playing close by! If you want to try it out, though, simply buy some garlic cloves from the supermarket then peel off the outer layer. Crush the garlic slightly, then place it inside a blender with enough water to create a paste. Transfer this into a spray bottle and give the areas you wish to treat a good dousing, being sure to reapply after rain or watering your plants/garden.
Some people recommend keeping pepper near where bees are swarming – sprinkling some on an old newspaper will kill them on contact, but be very careful if children or other pets are around! You could also try putting up bird netting over any bushes that these insects tend to nest in because while they might not be able to get out, neither can other bugs! If you’re looking for something flowery to use instead, why not try using wormwood oil -just mix a few drops with water, then give the areas you want to protect with treatment.
If you follow the tips in this article, you should be able to enjoy your porch in peace this summer. However, if you have any more information on keeping bees away, why not share them with everyone in the comments section.