If your child is allergic to bees, it can be dangerous for them to go outside during the summer. You could keep them inside all summer long, or you could bee-proof your backyard. With just a few simple steps, you can make the backyard a safe place for your child to play. Here are four tips that will help you to bee-proof your yard.
Circulate the Air
Even a slight breeze can deter bees. If your kids are going to be playing on the porch, try placing a fan near their play area. The fan will keep the air circulating, which will help keep the bees off the porch. For permanent protection, you might want to consider installing an outdoor ceiling fan on your porch. As an added benefit, the fans will also keep mosquitoes and flies away.
Make Your Own Traps
Bees are attracted to sweet scents, which means that they'll head to the porch if your kids have any food with them. You can keep the bees away from your kids by setting traps in other areas of the patio. Fill an empty soda bottle with water and add about 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place a few drops of red food coloring in the bottle and then set the bottle in one corner of the patio. The bees will be attracted to the liquid and climb inside. Once they're inside the bottle, they won't be able to get out. When it's full of bees, you can place the lid on the bottle and discard it.
Go Natural with the Repellent
You don't want to cover your kids in chemical repellents. Luckily, you don't have to. You can make an effective bee repellent using olive oil and essential oils. Place about 10 teaspoons of olive oil in a bowl. Add 10 drops of orange oil into the bowl and mix well. Rub the oil on your child's skin. The bees will stay away. Other essential oils that can be used to keep bees away include almond and tea tree oil.
Bring on the Exterminator
The exterminator should be your first line of defense against bees, especially if your child is allergic to them. An exterminator will inspect your home and yard for potential danger zones, including areas where bees are likely to build nests, or have already built them. If they find active bee hives, the exterminator will be able to remove them for you. Once your exterminator has removed the initial threat, you can take precautions to keep the bees away. Click here to learn more about pest control.
Summer is here, which means your child is going to be spending a lot of time outside. If they're allergic to bees, you'll need to make sure that you've bee-proofed the yard. The tips provided here will help you keep the bees away so your child can play outside.