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Casa Quickie: Keeping Bees Away From Your Pool

It's hard to enjoy your endless Summer if bee stings come hand in hand with taking a dip in your pool. But bees have many uses for water, including drinking and using as material to build hives. So, unless there's another source of water nearby, you can bet your bottom dollar that they'll be making a poolside visit. According to the USDA, bees will forage any open water source, so the only way to detract them is by making the water unpalatable. You can do so by filling a spray bottle with a mix of 1/4 cup of dish soap or vinegar and a quart of water, and spraying bees that are at your pool. This will eliminate bees as they forage on water, and prevent others in the colony from learning about your pool's location.
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chancleta chancleta 8 years
does this mixture kill them?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I save the bees that fall into our pool from drowning all the time. :) Bees are in real danger...we need to save them, not harm them!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I'd be too scared that they would come after me after I sprayed them.
latent latent 8 years
Bees are dying off too fast. No way I could do this.
mbkosel mbkosel 8 years
Ya, I agree with EightOctopi. Bees in the pool bug me as much as the next person, but I can handle them if it means saving their dwindling numbers. Dive dive!!
EightOctopi EightOctopi 8 years
I thought bees were dying off unnaturally rapidly... I'd feel so bad doing this to them. I can share, and heck, if I'm in the pool and one comes near me, it's just as easy to go underwater and swim away for a sec.
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