Have A Bee Problem Around Your Swimming Pool?

Have A Bee Problem Around Your Swimming Pool?

Tips to keep bees away from your pool


There is nothing that can ruin a perfect summer day around one’s inground swimming pool like swarming pests.  While bees don’t transmit diseases like mosquitoes and ticks, they can certainly provide a sting that will ruin one’s day at the swimming pool.  This post from the APSP gives some great tips on how to repel and control these pests that are actually beneficial to one’s garden, but not to a fun day around the swimming pool.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

What makes a perfect summer? Sunshine, cool breezes, long, lazy days – and if you’re lucky enough to have one, the unrivaled pleasure of your own beloved swimming pool, spa or hot tub. Add a few friends and the right beverages, and you have the perfect recipe for the season.

What could go wrong?

Well, several things actually, not the least of which concern one of nature’s less pleasant summertime gifts: bees. Of course, bees are a vital and integral part of the ecosystem; most people don’t realize they are responsible for most of the food we eat and flora we enjoy through their contribution to pollination. While the decline of wild bee populations is an alarming and potentially devastating trend, one place we definitely don’t need bees is poolside when we’re trying to enjoy ourselves.

So, what to do?

One might be tempted to call in exterminators but as we mentioned, bees are not only generally innocent but also vital and worthy of protection. The question then becomes how to keep bees away from your pool and their infamous stingers out of you.

Fortunately, there are several harmless and cruelty-free methods of keeping the buzzers at bay.

1. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are famously useful for a wide range of things outside of the laundry room. Deodorizers, lint removers … you name it, the list goes on. But one thing dryer sheets can do that many people aren’t aware of is – you guessed it – repel insects. Dryer sheets can be kept on one’s person to keep any number of annoying bugs away, but of course you wouldn’t want to go swimming with them in your bathing suit pockets. A tasteful solution therefore is to arrange dryer sheets semi-decoratively around the pool area (in attractive baskets, in bouquets, or simply as doilies underneath objects on the patio table).

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