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Friendly ways to stop bees flying around your outdoor dining area

Tuesday 11th Jun 2024 |

While many of us enjoy eating outdoors during the Summer, this activity can attract various wildlife, including bees and wasps. These buzzing insects are great for many things but can be extremely irritating when they hover uninvited over your outdoor dinner area.

In the last three months, searches for ‘how to deter bees’ are up 600%, as well as ‘how to deter wasps from garden, which is up a whopping 1,000% on Google, indicating that now it’s getting warmer, people are urgently looking for ways to keep these insects at bay.

With that being said, Craig Wilson, co-founder, director, and in-house gardening expert at Gardeners Dream, has shared five ways to stop these buzzing insects from interrupting your outdoor festivities and flying around your dining area. 

Ensure to keep your rubbish away and sealed

It might seem obvious, however, keeping your rubbish sealed and away from the dining area is essential for keeping these insects at bay. Both bees and wasps have a strong sense of smell, so ensuring all your rubbish is properly contained will deter them. 

Consider placing your bin away from the dinner table, but not too far where it becomes inconvenient to access. A great way to keep your rubbish well contained is by using a bin cover, or if you plan to use a bin bag for the occasion, opt for a drawstring one as they are a lot easier to open and close.

When choosing your table centrepiece, opt for plants that have little to no pollen

No table is complete without a beautiful centrepiece, and while adding flowers to your table may seem risky as that’s what bees and wasps are attracted to, some plants are less ‘bee and wasp-friendly’ than others. When choosing your flowers, opt for ones with a low pollen count to minimise their attraction. Geraniums and Chrysanthemums are some of the many beautiful plants with little to no pollen, which not only makes them less attractive to these insects but because of their low pollen count, are ideal for hayfever sufferers.

If flies are your problem, try a basil plant. As well as its strong scent, this plant releases natural oils, which can help deter flies from your outdoor dining area.    

Look around– you might have a bee nest nearby

One reason why you might find you have more bees around than usual is that you might have a bee nest nearby. To check, inspect the area to see if you find any holes or cavities that can be found on trees, as bees most commonly nest in trees, corners of sheds or above doorways. 

If you do find a nest, be sure to contact your local pest control service to have it safely removed.  

Keep your food wasp and bee-free by covering it 

The last thing you want when enjoying your food outside in the sunshine is bees and wasps flying around, especially since wasps can carry bacteria that can contaminate your food if they land on it.

To prevent this from happening and help keep your food fresh, when transporting your outdoor food, wrap it in plastic film or use a food cover dome to ensure your food is protected. Doing this will also help prevent attracting bees and wasps as they won’t be able to smell your delicious food.  

Steer clear from bright colours

When choosing your table decor, or even deciding what to wear for your outdoor dinner party, it’s best to steer clear from bright colours like white, yellow and orange. This is because the brighter the colour, the more you will resemble nature’s beautiful colour palette which will attract these insects, so opting for more neutral shades will be your safest bet!

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