It’s normal for bees to get attracted to the beautiful scent of flowers emanating from your garden. Though very vital with regard to flower pollination, insects like bees can be very annoying because of their ability to sting and cause unnecessary distraction when you want to head outside to enjoy the outdoor fresh air.
Getting bees out of your backyard (that is, away from the plants) can be cumbersome (especially without the help of bee experts) considering that the ongoing use of chemical sprays can end up harming your plants or flower garden.
However, incorporating a few changes in your garden can work wonders in keeping these insects away, and hence enabling you to spend as much time as possible outdoors without the fear of being stung.
Why Would You Want to Drive the Bees Away?
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We all know that bees are necessary for pollination to occur and for gardens to thrive. So why would you want to drive away the bees?
First of all, have you ever tried to enjoy a dinner out on your patio while swatting at bees? They are attracted to human food, especially those with a sweet aroma. It can turn a romantic al fresco dinner for two into an exercise of patience as you try to avoid sharing your delicious meal with these insects.
Beyond the nuisance of the constant buzzing, some people are allergic to beestings. The sting of a bee can range from a mild rash to a full on anaphylactic event for those who are afflicted with this allergy. Indeed, it can even be fatal for those with the most extreme reactions to bee stings.
6 Plants & Flowers to help you drive away bees
Geraniums can be easily grown indoors or outdoors in the garden or in hanging baskets. They’re known to exhibit little to no pollens and are also characterized by an unwelcoming scent for the bees.
You can settle for red geraniums when shopping for your flower plants since it’s believed that other than the unpleasant smell, bees are also unable to see the red color, thus keeping them away.
These plants reproduce via spores. This means that they don’t exhibit any seeds or flowers. You can choose to add them to your garden as they don’t attract insect pollinators of any kind.
Another plant with similar features is moss. It also doesn’t require pollination and hence doesn’t attract insects.
Before you consider having wormwood in your garden, note that it’s toxic nature well extends to humans and pets and it’s also known to kill any other plants around it.
It’s an effective insect (including bees) repellant plant and requires full amounts of sunlight and adequate water to grow well. Since it produces its own seeds, you can prune it to avoid further seed production.
You can use these plants to enhance the charm of your yard as they can be easily grown in containers. They’re among the non-flowering plants and hence do not attract bees.
These shrubs also exhibit piney scent that’s responsible for driving the insects away.
Consider planting cucumbers in your backyard as they not only serve as great salad ingredients but also help to keep the bees away. Bees don’t like the acid in cucumbers.
However, you may as well just opt to cut a cucumber into one or two pieces and have them scattered next to your flower garden as this also works perfectly well.
Consider Planting Peppermint
Incorporating some peppermint next to your flowers is also a great way to keep bees away from your yard. The scent of the mint is sufficient to keep them away.
Though the above-mentioned plants can help you keep the bees at bay, you also need to ensure that your garden is free of weeds since the unwanted plants may as well produce flowers with attractive scents for the bees.
Above all, consider planning your landscaping before executing any planting projects. Why? Other than their harmful stinging nature, bees are good pollinators hence helps in plant propagation and growth.
You can choose to have bee-attracting plants a bit farther from your house then have the bee-repelling ones next to your doors or windows. This will offer you an enhanced peace of mind while resting outdoors.
Note: Try as much as possible to avoid having highly scented flowers (such as gardenias and lilies) anywhere near your door or windows, or if possible keep them out of your backyard entirely. Bees have a special fondness for all your sweet smelling flowers.
Author Bio: Deborah Tayloe is a full-time freelancer content writer who often contributes to GutterBrush. She’s a lifelong gardener who is both afraid of, and allergic to, bee stings!