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How to Keep Wasps Away From Your Picnics

how to keep bees away from a picnic

With summer on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about picnics and barbeques and all those fun outdoor activities! Wherever you bring food outside, inevitably pests like bees and wasps turn up ready to ruin your party. How do you keep bees away from your food? Here are some tips for getting rid of bees and wasps:

1. Clip On Bee or Wasp Repellent. This is an easy way to get rid of bees and wasps without using traditional wasp or bee repellents that come in spray bottles. The clip ons are just as effective, but there’s no worry about getting chemicals into your picnic food!

2. Dryer Sheets. Dryer softener sheers are an easy way to keep away bees and wasps without using chemicals. Just leave a few sheets around your picnic table or areas you’re serving food. Best of all, your picnic will smell clean and fresh! You can also use dryer sheets to keep bees and wasps away from people. Simply rub the sheets on exposed skin, or keep a sheet or two in your pockets.

3. Mothballs. These musty smelling balls act as an effective wasp repellent. Scatter them around your picnic area to get rid of bees and wasps. To ensure they don’t get in food or eaten accidentally, try tying a few in old pantyhose. Though mothballs are intended to kill moths in enclosed areas, in open spaces they perfectly safe for humans. Bees and wasps don’t like the smell so they work perfectly as a bee repellent.

4. Brown Paper Bags. One of the easiest ways to keep away bees and wasps is to hang up a blown up brown paper bag. Simply fill a bag with air and round it off to look like a bee or wasp nest. Bees and wasps are very territorial and will not venture near areas where there are other bees or wasps. It may sound silly, but it works.

5. Cut Up Cucumber. Bees and wasps dislike the scent of cucumber slices, so leaving a few of them around your food platters on a picnic is an easy way to keep wasps away with something you may already have on hand. And if your guests are hungry for a snack, you have a healthy one at the ready!

6. Cloves. Bees and wasps don’t like the strong smell of cloves. Scatter a few around the perimeter of your picnic, to get rid of bees and wasps.

Hopefully these easy tips have taught you how to keep bees away from your next picnic, using a few materials you probably already have around the house!

If bees or wasps are regularly invading your yard, there may be a larger problem at hand, such as a nearby bee or wasp nest. Feel free to contact Magical Pest Control at (905) 738-6676 if you suspect you have a serious bee or wasp problem. Magical Pest Control’s specialized bee and wasp division will assess the problem and remove any dangerous bee or wasp nests in the vicinity.

11 thoughts on “How to Keep Wasps Away From Your Picnics

  1. Will these items work for air conditioner on top of motor homes or other campers to stop wasp from nesting under the covers?

    • Hi Richard,
      It depends. These methods are preventative, not intended to get rid of existing wasp nests. Since they are do-it-yourself treatments, results will vary. If you’re dealing with an existing infestation we recommend consulting with professional exterminators in your area, rather than trying any of these methods. If you’re just trying to keep wasps away prior to an infestation, then feel free to give it a shot.

      Magical Pest

    • Hi Kayla,

      We don’t have any specific recommendations but a quick search on Google should lead you to some good ones. Good luck finding the right solution for you!

      Magical Pest

  2. Will any of these methods keep bees and wasps off the front porch? We have a sandbox and a picnic table on the front porch for our son and there are bees everywhere. We live in a brick home and it looks like they are trying to find somewhere to put a nest. I worry about my three year old or nine month old getting stung and I want to do everything I can to prevent that from happening.

  3. Hello, I am having trouble with bees bothering my hummingbird feeder. What can I use/spread on the feeder to repel the bees without harming the birds? I thought about a few drops of oil on the feeder, but I don’t want the hummers to get any in their feathers. Thanks!

  4. I wanted to open a window, but the bees kept trying to come in. I put a couple of dryer sheets around it and it worked great! Now I have a fresh laundry breeze coming in. Thanks!!!

  5. Bees are trying to nest under my patio furniture.I have tried mothballs and they don’t work. I’m thinking ants will love any type of food left out like cucumbers. I’m going to try the fabric softener sheets now and if those don’t help then the clip on repellent is next if I can find them. Otherwise I’m not sure what to do.

  6. I have placed plates of cucumber slices around my pool to try to keep them away since I’m allergic and it’s hard to enjoy my back yard, It worked for about 30mins, maybe, but now they are landing on the cucumbers….

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