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Natural Honeybee Repellent

By Kay Wagers ; Updated September 21, 2017
Vinegar is a natural honeybee repellent.

Honeybees are beneficial when they are pollinating your garden. They are pests when they are hanging around your picnic. Control them with a natural homemade repellent.


The acidity of vinegar is a natural honeybee repellent. Capsaicin is a compound found in hot peppers. It makes your lips and tongue burn and it will also make honeybees feel a burning sensation. Combining vinegar and capsaicin creates a natural bee repellent.


Cut up about 1/2 cup of hot peppers and pour 2 cups of boiling water over them. After the mixture cools, add an equal amount of white vinegar and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray down outside areas that you wish to keep free of honeybees, like picnic areas or doorway and window openings.


Take care when spraying honeybee repellent because it will burn if you get any into your eyes. Keep children and pets out of the area when you are spraying. If you need a more permanent solution for bees, add 1 tsp. of dish soap to the mixture. It will repel bees and kill any that come in contact with it.