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3 Organic Ways of Controlling Bees

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If the eco-system were a gear system, the bees would be an integral cog. Plants, humans, and animals rely on the role of bees in plant pollination. Without bees, crops would not thrive and provide food that people consume. However, bees can also be a nuisance, especially when they occupy facilities near human population. Therefore, if you see a couple of bees around your compound, you should get rid of them before they transform a tree branch into a hive. However, getting rid of bees shouldn't mean killing them considering that the global bee population is dwindling. You can use DIY organic bee control measures to get rid of bees from your compound without harming them. This article elaborates on the natural measures.

Fruit Bait -- Bees use their sensory organs to locate sweet smelling nectar on flowers for making honey. Notably, you can use the neural trait of bees for control purposes when the insects become a nuisance or threaten your safety. First, you have to locate the areas on your compound where the bees visit the most. If there are flowers in that area, then move the plants away. Place a couple of diced ripe mango in an open sandwich bag and lay it on the ground next to where the flowers were located. The fragrance from the ripe mangoes will attract the bees. After a couple of days, move the sandwich bag a few feet to a new location and watch whether the bees will shift their feeding area accordingly. If they do, repeat the process every couple of days. The further away you take the mangoes the further the bees will move.

Powdered Garlic -- It is a well-known fact that bees are attracted to sources that produce sweet fragrances. If the sweet scent is eliminated, then the bees will look for nectar elsewhere. One way to achieve this is by sprinkling powdered garlic around areas where bees have congregated. Since bees find garlic smell offensive, they will be repelled by the strong odour and ultimately keep away from your compound. You might be tempted to sprinkle the powder directly at the hive for faster results. However, refrain from doing so because the direct application will not only kill the bees, but it will also put you at risk.

Vegetable-Based Horticultural Oil -- Another organic bee control method entails spraying vegetable-based horticulture oil on flowers, plants, and any other surfaces that attract bees. When the bees come into contact with the oil, their legs get sticky, which repels the insects. However, for the approach to be effective, you should spray the plants late in the evening or early in the morning because direct sunlight affects the oil's effectiveness.

If these methods don't work, you may want to contact a local company that offers bee removal services.