How to Keep Bees and Wasps Away: Tips for Homeowners

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on February 18, 2023 · 3 mins read

If you’re a homeowner, chances are you’ve experienced the frustration of trying to enjoy your backyard only to be interrupted by pesky wasps and bees. Not only can their presence be annoying, but some species can also be dangerous if provoked.

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To help you better understand these insects and how to keep them away, we’ve put together some tips that any homeowner can use.

Types of Wasps and Bees

Before we dive into prevention methods, it’s important to first identify which types of wasps and bees you might encounter in your backyard. Here are some of the most common:

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are known for their thin, papery nests that hang from trees, eaves, or other structures. They are typically yellow and black or brown and black in color and have long, slender bodies.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are a type of wasp that are often identified by their bright yellow and black coloring. They build their nests underground or in protected areas like attics or wall voids.

Honey Bees

Honey bees are usually not considered pests since they play an important role in pollinating plants. They are typically golden brown in color and have a fuzzy appearance.

Bumble Bees

Bumble bees are similar in appearance to honey bees but are larger and fuzzier. They are typically black and yellow and build their nests underground or in abandoned mouse holes.

Natural Deterrents

Now that you know which insects you might encounter, let’s talk about how to keep bees and wasps away. Here are some natural deterrents that you can try:

  • Plant mint, lemongrass, or eucalyptus around your yard. These plants are known to repel bees and wasps.
  • Hang a fake nest. Wasps are territorial creatures and will avoid building their nests near existing ones.
  • Keep your outdoor space clean. Wasps and bees are attracted to food and drink residue, so make sure to clean up after outdoor meals.
  • Use vinegar. Mix equal parts vinegar and water and spray it around areas where bees and wasps might be nesting.

Professional Pest Control

If natural deterrents aren’t doing the trick, it may be time to call in the professionals. A pest control company can assess your situation and recommend treatment options tailored to your specific needs.

When choosing a pest control company, be sure to look for one that uses eco-friendly products and practices. This ensures that your family and pets stay safe while still getting effective pest control services.


With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your backyard without the hassle of dealing with bees and wasps. Remember to identify which insects you’re dealing with, try natural deterrents first, and don’t hesitate to call in the professionals if needed. Happy backyard-ing!