How to Keep Bees Away from Your Camping Site
As a father of three children and an experienced camper, I know first-hand how important it is to make sure that you take the necessary steps to keep bees away from your camping site. Unfortunately, bees can be quite annoying and even dangerous at times, especially when you are out camping with your family. While bees can’t be completely eliminated, there are a few things that you can do to make sure they stay away from your camping site. In this article, we will discuss some tips and tricks on how to keep bees away when camping.
The first thing to do is to keep your campsite clean. Bees are attracted to sweet smells so make sure to dispose of any food scraps and left overs. In addition, food scraps can potentially attract other unwanted pests, so it’s best to make sure there are no leftovers around. Also, make sure you keep trash away from your campsite and keep your campsite free of any sweet-smelling things like cologne, perfume, or lotions.
Using Proven Repellents
One of the most effective ways to keep bees away from your camping site is by using scented repellents. Products like citronella, garlic, eucalyptus, and clove oils are good at deterring bees from your vicinity. You can buy some of these products in liquid form and spray them around your camping site. You can also use commercial products like bug zappers, mosquito coils, or even bee traps to help keep bees away.
Keeping the Site Tidy and Unattractive
Bees are attracted to particular colors, so if you want to discourage them from your campsite, it’s best to avoid bright colors and opt for more neutral tones. Whenever possible, try to keep the campsite clean and tidy, with a nice, neat setting and no debris. Keep in mind that the more attractive the site is to bees (or even other insects), the more chance they have of finding their way there.
Using Natural Herbal Repellents
If you want to keep bees away without having to use potentially harmful chemicals, then you can try using some natural herbal repellents. These can include things like mint, basil, lavender, or rosemary. They tend to be very effective at keeping bees away. You can also try using bee and wasp deterrents like camphor or bay leaves. These are natural and readily available in most health food or natural stores.
Covering Up Your Campsite
If you want to be extra sure to keep bees away from your campsite, you can try covering your campsite with netting or screens. This will help keep the bees away while providing a comfortable camping experience. Be sure to choose a material that is durable and windproof, such as fine mesh netting or vinyl screening.
Keeping Your Campsite Away from Flowers
If you know that your campsite is near or in an area where there are plenty of flowers, then try to keep your campsite away from them as much as possible. Bees love flowers and nectar so if your campsite is near them, then you increase the chances of having bees buzz around your campsite. You can also plant a few bee-repellent flowers like marigolds, lavender, and peppermint to help ward off any bees in the area.
Bees are not particularly dangerous, but it’s still best to take the necessary steps to keep them away from your campsite. The above tips and tricks should help you make sure that you and your family have a pleasant and safe camping experience without any pesky bee disturbances.