August 08, 2018

The summer months bring out the best of nature, doesn’t it? There are flowers, the grass is green, and trethe es are full of leaves. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of pests during the warmer months as well. Along with flies and mosquitoes come the scarier bee and wasp populations. Wouldn’t it be great if there were some essential oils to repel bees and wasps without harming them? We just need them to leave us alone, not die off altogether. Honeybees are essential for pollinating flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Why should you use essential oils to repel bees and wasps?

No one wants to get stung by a bee or wasp. Either one could be fatal for someone who is allergic to them. However, bees especially provide some benefit for our environment. Bees are necessary for helping pollinate many plants, especially food-bearing plants. Both bees and wasps help keep the air free of dust and pollution. Repelling all types of bees and wasps is a better option than destroying them, and that’s where using essential oils to repel bees and wasps becomes useful. There are three good reasons using essential oils to repel bees and wasps is a good idea.

  • Most bee and wasp repellents available on the market are full of chemicals. Oils are natural, effective and free from chemicals that are harmful to people and the environment.
  • Using essential oils to repel bees and wasps won’t harm the bees, wasps, hives or hive growth in any way.
  • Essential oils have a pleasant aroma and can also provide benefits for the human body as well as repelling bees and wasps.

What are the best essential oils to use to repel bees and wasps?

There are several EOs that can be used to repel bees and wasps. For instance, wasps do not like mint of any kind. It can be useful to grow mint around your garden or yard. This can help keep wasps at bay, but using oils is much more effective. The oils that make the best repellents include:

  • Peppermint EO
  • Eucalyptus EO
  • Citronella EO
  • Cedarwood EO
  • Tea Tree EO
  • Orange EO
  • Cedarwood EO

There are a number of ways to use these oils as repellents. Just remember that most essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil before being applied to your skin if you are just trying to keep them away from you. There are several homemade repellents that you can make and use to keep bees and wasps away from areas around your home.

Bee and Wasp Essential Oil Repellent Recipes

There are several ways to use EOs either by themselves or to make a blend that will work as a repellent. To keep bees and wasps away so you can work in the garden or yard, try dabbing tea tree oil on your clothing. A little around the bottom of your pants, the collar of your shirt and the wrist areas of either your shirt or gloves can keep them at bay, so you can work outside. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo, so it will act as a repellent too.

Keeping bees out of the house

Sometimes, bees can find their way into your house, especially if you have lots of plants near windows or doors. If you find this to be a problem, just mix equal parts of tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils together. Place your oil mixture on cotton balls or pieces of soft cloth then place them in window sills and doors where bees and wasps typically find their way into the house.

Peppermint EO Insect Repellent

Just planting the peppermint plant in your backyard can help deter bees and wasps, at least to a degree. Using the essential oil to make a repellent is even more effective. To make this recipe you will need:

  • 5 Tablespoons of your favorite shower gel or liquid soap
  • 1 cup of water
  • 10-12 drops of peppermint EO

Put the water in a spray bottle and add the gel to it. Then add the peppermint oil. Shake or stir until it is fully blended. Use it indoors by spraying it on rags or tissues. Spray it around your backyard to deter bees and wasps.

Eucalyptus Oil Repellent Blend

Many people think eucalyptus essential oil is one of the most effective insect repellents you can use. To make it you will need:

Mix the water, eucalyptus oil, and cedarwood oil in a glass spray bottle. This mixture can be sprayed around doorways, and inside closets and living areas to keep bees and wasps away.

Homemade Wasp Repellent with Essential Oils

If your struggle is primarily with wasps around your house, this is an easy, quick recipe that works. To make it you will need:

  • An 8-ounce spray bottle
  • 4 ounces of distilled water
  • 3 ounces Witch Hazel
  • ½ teaspoon glycerin (holds it all together)
  • 10-15 drops of clove essential oil
  • 10-15 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 10-15 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil (this one is optional)

Fill the spray bottle halfway using the distilled water, then add witch hazel until the liquid is almost to the top. Add the glycerin and then the oils. The more oils used, the stronger the spray is going to be. 

Take These Precautions when Using EOs to Repel Bees or Wasps

Essential oils are basically safe to use as a repellent or at least a deterrent for bees and wasps.  However, there are a few precautions to take. Such as:

  • Don’t spray any EO mixtures over foods
  • Don’t spray an EO repellent near the face, particularly the eyes.
  • Don’t use raw oils directly on the skin – always dilute with a carrier oil before applying to the skin.
  • Don’t spray an EO repellent directly on bees or their hives.
  • Before spraying a homemade essential oil repellent on a baby’s clothes, consult with their doctor to ensure they are safe to use around babies.

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