Posted August 1, 2021
Everybody has jumped into a pool on a hot summer day only to find a bee or wasp floating in the water. Here are some prevention tips that will be more effective than just splashing water towards the bug to hope it goes away.
Bees use bodies of still water to hydrate their young and maintain hive temperature, and sometimes they just like to dive in to cool off. Bees see saltwater and chlorinated pools as an oasis to cool down and not get fried. You will find dead bees and wasps not because the chemicals killed them, but because they got too confident in their swimming ability. Here’s how you can lower the chances of bees and wasps in your pool using (mostly) natural solutions.
Although having flowers in your yard can create a strong ecosystem, having them near your pool can be irritating and dangerous. Not only will you find your pool full of flower petals, but bees will be attracted to the flowers and could become aggressive if there’s a lot of activity near them. Removing flowers near your pool will reduce the chances of bees in the pool, and lower the chances of a child or pet getting stung.
This may seem strange, but sometimes all you need to do is create an alternative water source to deter bees and wasps from your pool. A still water source like a bird bath or fountain that is near flowers and plants can be very appealing to these flying insects.
Mothballs provide a strong scent that bees and wasps dislike, and they will stay away from it. Hang a decorative cloth bag of mothballs near your pool to deter bees, and keep the scent faint enough that it won’t bother humans.
Wasps are territorial, and will not go into another wasp colony’s territory. Although this quick fix is completely anecdotal with no science to back it, some homeowners have found that blowing up a paper bag to look like a wasp nest and placing it near a pool will keep wasps away. This may work, but if a brave wasp gets close they will realize it’s not a real nest, and may even use the paper to construct their own nests. Not the best solution, but a decoy nest is cheap and easy to make and may be worth a try.
Fox Pest Control has years of experience removing bees and wasps from yards and helping provide homeowners with peace of mind. If you have a bee or wasp problem, call (833) 667-3785 to get a free quote or receive prompt removal; service today.