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How to Keep Bees Out of Birdhouses

By Lacy Enderson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Keep Bees Out of Birdhouses

It's normal for bees and other insects to make homes in empty birdhouses. They are the ideal shelter during winter weather extremes. When the birdhouses are empty, bees will build their homes inside the four walls. When it's time for the birds to come home, and the bees have taken over, the birdhouses must be completely cleaned of all bee residue so birds can move in once again. There are a few methods of keeping bees out of birdhouses.

Rub a bar of soap on the inside of the birdhouse near the ceiling, away from the entrance.

Hang a bar of soap from a string on a tree branch near the entrance of the birdhouse.

Put a layer of Vaseline on the ceiling of the birdhouse to keep the bees away.

Place an open container of beer, or a wine cooler, near the birdhouse. The bees will be attracted to the scent of the alcohol and drown in the liquid.

Build a few bee houses and place them around the yard, away from the birdhouses. Place bowls of cut fruit near the bee houses to draw the bees away from the birdhouses.


Things You Will Need

  • Bar soap
  • String
  • Vaseline
  • Open alcohol container
  • Fruit
  • Bee houses


  • Once the birds take up residency, the bees will stay away.


  • Do not use pesticides to get rid of the bees in your birdhouse. The pesticides can harm the birds, too.

About the Author


Lacy Enderson is an Addictions and Recovery Counselor. She is Certified with the American Association of Christian Therapists and holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling. She is currently enrolled in Liberty University's Master of Divinity Degree program with Chaplaincy. Lacy is a graduate of Rhema Correspondent Bible School and has completed the first section of Berean School of the Bible. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want to Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her newest novel is a teenage Christian fiction titled, "Honey Sweetheart."