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How to Make Bee Repellent

By Greg Lindberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bee and wasps are typically vital and beneficial for garden, as they act as the key pollinators for most flowers. However, bees and wasps can be unwanted pests to other things you may have in your garden, such as a bird feeder. Bees will often try to steal the nectar from the bird feeder, and they will then start to overcrowd your garden area. Bees are especially attracted to any other object around your garden that is yellow. It's helpful to have a natural repellent to use on your skin while you garden and to use to repel the bees from other locations.

Add 1/8 oz. of tea tree oil, 1/2 oz. of citronella oil, 1/8 oz. of jojoba oil, 1/8 oz. of penny royal oil and 1/4 oz. of lavender oil in a small bowl. Stir the mixture well with a wooden spoon until all of the oils are diluted. Do not use this mixture on your skin.

Wrap plastic over your bowl and set it in your refrigerator overnight. When you take the bowl out of the refrigerator, make sure that you mix it will one more time before adding more ingredients.

Pour the mixture into a much larger bowl. Add 16 oz. of jojoba oil and stir the mixture well for at least 5 minutes. You can also use almond oil instead of jojoba oil if you desire.

Rub the mixture of oil onto your skin before you go to work in your garden. You know have a homemade bee repellent that will also work against other flying insects. For a more concentrated solution to spray at the bees, continue to Step 5.

Add 16 ounces of vodka to the mixture in the large bowl and stir well. Pour the mixture in a sprayer or medium-sized spray bottle. Spray the areas around the bird feeder or other places that bees are becoming a problem.


Things You Will Need

  • 1/8 oz. tea tree oil
  • 1/2 oz. citronella oil
  • 1/4 oz. lavender oil
  • 1/8 oz. jojoba oil
  • 1/8 oz. penny royal oil
  • 16 oz. vodka