The Q&A Archives: A Plant That Repels Bees?

Question: I live in a townhouse and am almost constantly beseiged with wasps and bees. We have sprayed and washed, but nothing seems to help for very long. Is there a kind of plant (similar to the citronella plant that repels mosquitos) that might help repel the wasps and bees?

Answer: Bees are drawn to flowers, so if you have no flowering plants around, the population should be less than if you were providing pollen and nectar. Wasps, on the other hand, feed on insects, meat, anything sweet. Other than eliminating the possible attractants, there's not much you can do to keep bees and wasps away. Folklore suggests that plants of the onion family are repulsive to insects. You might try planting onions, leeks, and garlic in and around your townhouse to see if the insect activity is lessened. Bees and wasps are often attracted to bright colors and strong perfumes, so try wearing dark colors when you're outdoors, and forego using perfume, aftershave, or cologne.

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