How to Repel Bees

learn how to repel bees so you don't have to see this all the time when you step outside

The sound of bees buzzing around your home is not just irritating, but intimidating as well. It’s only logical to be a little scared with the flying around the house. Bees, if left to wander around the house can cause harm to you and your family; they sting! Also, your pets face the same risk of being hurt or attacked.  How to repel bees then you ask? Worry not, because you’re about to learn how to keep bees away.

Home Remedies To Keep Bees Away

Keeping bees away from your home is easy once you know the materials needed to prepare homemade repellents. Yes, there are readily available commercial products you can buy for this purpose too, but home remedies work just as well, and they are often more friendly for the environment and your wallet. Some effective home remedies include:

  • Water and liquid soap
  • Peppermint oil
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Mothballs
  • Herbs and other plants with repelling properties

Soap and Water

A mixture of soap and water is enough to resist the bees from your home. When used correctly, it can even be used to kill them. Mix a few teaspoons of liquid soap in warm water into a spray bottle. Using the spray bottle, spray any bee you see flying around the house.

Be careful because they can take this as an act of aggression towards them; resulting in making them turn their attention to you and attempt to attack you. Make sure you other people and pets are not in the area in case of an attack.

Peppermint oil and Cayenne Pepper

Peppermint oil and cayenne pepper are excellent home remedies to keep bees away. They can be used to make the soap water mixture above even more effective in repelling bees. Or you can just use it to apply to surfaces; its scent repels bees from your home.

To prepare your bee repellant using the ingredients mentioned, add 1/8 of each of them to your soap water mixture (or just water). Don’t be shy to add more if you want to extra power.

Bee Repelling plants

One very passive and natural way to repel bees from your home is to plant bee repelling plants such as mint around your house. The mint is useful in keeping the bees away because they don’t like the natural scent given off by the plant.


Mothballs have proved handy in keeping moths away, as well as bees. It contains an overpowering scent that is not liked by bees. When hung around your home, it prevents bees from building nests nearby. Also, you could also place them in specific locations around your house where the bees are known to come by frequently.

Herbal Bee Repellant

plant bee repelling herbs like these mints

Mix lemongrass, citronella and peppermint oil to prepare a strong herbal bee repelling spray. They are safe to use around your home as they are not harmful to children and your pets. You can also apply this repellant to your clothing to help keep them away from you.

Although, do keep in mind that repellents are not 100%, so don’t use it as a safety measure when dealing with some bees.

How to Keep Sweat Bees Away From You When in the Garden

Sweat bees are known to love human sweat. You will find them crawling on to your shirt or blouse. What repels bees, especially sweat bees in the garden? Distracting them and drawing their attention away from you.

To get them away from you, use a bait distractor such as a juicy mango fruit.  Chop the fruit into pieces, place it in a box or bag and hang it on a tree in the garden. All the sweat bees nearby will swarm towards the fruit instead and forget about you for a while.

The following day, try putting the mango bait on a different spot that is a little bit further from the previous place. The bees will move further away from the garden the further you extend your baiting spot.

How to Keep Bees from Buzzing Around You Outdoors

What will repel bees when you’re outside? There are precautions that you may also want to consider to prevent bees from buzzing around you. Some of the precautions to take into consideration include:

  • Use of less perfume on your body when visiting the garden or just going outside.
  • Shower regularly and especially when intending to take a walk in the garden.
  • Wear protective clothing to prevent the bees from getting into contact with your skin.
  • Get rid of unnecessary water sources around the yard as these attract the bees
  • Destroy dead tree stumps from around your property as they offer conducive places for bees to build their hives.
  • Have self-closing lids on trash cans found outside your home to prevent the bees from coming to forage in the trash cans.
  • Trash cans in the outside environment should be washed and cleaned regularly, so the bees have no time to smell the trash and come to seek for food.

In order to keep them away, it’s important to know why they are attracted to you or at least to where you are. You can read more about that here.

Does Vinegar Repel Bees?

Vinegar is a very favorable ingredient that is used in many home traps to attract bees. It works best as bait but not as a repellant. For instance, use vinegar in most water traps. Adding vinegar to water serves to lure the bees into the water trap.

You can make this work even better and add lots of vinegar to a container of foamy, soapy water instead of just plain water. It works even better.

Do Dryer Sheets Keep Bees Away?

Dryer sheets do repel bees. However, they are specific to bees found in a particular area. You may want to check out the kind of bees in your area so that you know what fabric works best to keep them away. A more natural way to tell whether particular dryer sheet works is to test it out with the bees.  Take one piece of fabric and put it a strategic location that could be in your house, outdoor environment or cut a part of it and walk with it. Take note of how the bees react. If they get repelled, then the dryer sheets work perfectly well.

Does Citronella Repel Bees?

Citronella is one of the essential oils known to repel bees. It is mostly used with repelling sprays. When doing the mixing, shake all ingredients in a spray bottle well before use.

Can Essential Oils be used to Repel Bees?

Essential oils work efficiently well to repel bees. Useful essential oils used to repel bees include peppermint, cedarwood, and eucalyptus. They are used only to repel bees but do not kill them. Mix them with other ingredients in a spray bottle filled with water.

Repelling bees from your home shouldn’t be an uphill task for anybody. All you need are the right ingredients and the correct information. The right components will enable you to prepare a deterrent that will save you and your family from bee stings. Bees can also be attracted, trapped and/or killed by use of bait and traps. Or you can keep them away with repellents including dryer sheets, citronella, and other essential oils. Now knowing how to repel bees and keep them away with home remedies, don’t let them bully you.