How to Keep Wasps and Bees Away from a Pool

Nothing is more annoying than sharing your swimming pool with bees and wasps. They will buzz around your face and you may get stung by one of these drowning insects in your pool. Luckily, there are many ways to keep these insects out of your pool area without harming yourself or the animals.

In this article, I’ll break down tried and true methods for keeping wasps and bees away from your pool so that you can swim worry-free.


Main Takeaways

  • Bees are vital for environmental stability and should not be exterminated.
  • There are plenty of humane ways to get rid of bees and wasps.
  • Wasps are much more aggressive and troublesome than bees, and sometimes the only way to get rid of them is by exterminating them.

How to Keep Bees Away from Your Pool

Let me start with this—bees aren’t inherently bad. In fact, they’re the number one pollinator of our crops, giving us access to approximately one-third of our food.

Unfortunately, the population of bees is declining. Between 2014 and 2017 alone, pesticides, climate change, and habitat destruction contributed to the nearly 25% drop in the bee population.

Long story short? I won’t teach you how to kill bees to keep them away from your pool.

Instead, I’ll show you environmentally friendly methods that will keep bees in the trees and away from your swimming pool area.

By implementing the strategies below, you may be benefiting the bee population since bees often drown in pool water when they fly down for a drink.

Set up a Bee Water Bowl

Bees often visit pools because they’re thirsty. So your first step should be to set up a tiny area far from your pool in your backyard with a water bowl the bees can drink from.

You can get as straightforward or as fancy as you’d like with the water bowl. Some people want to make a pond-like setup or purchase a birdbath, while others prefer to put water in a standard plastic container.

The water looks more attractive by placing some stones and sticks around it. Putting a branch that leads from the water out into dry air is especially important so that if the bee lands in the water, it can crawl back out.

Bees are smart. So consider setting up your bee water bowl before pool season begins. That way, they’ll already be gravitating to the bowl by the time you open up your pool.

Use Dryer Sheets

Believe it or not, the solution to your bee problem could be in your laundry room. However, I must warn you that there’s no scientific evidence that dryer sheets work for keeping bees away.

That said, many people swear by it, so it’s worth giving it a try.

It’s best to use scented dryer sheets, as the smell is what’s supposed to deter the bees. You can get creative with how you want to approach using the sheets—you can try placing them in baskets around the edge of your pool, sticking them on the pointy parts of your pool gate, or any other appropriate area.

If you notice that the dryer sheets seem to be keeping bees away from your pool, they may be working. Make sure to replace them once the smell goes away, as this is likely what deters them in the first place.

Bring in a Beekeeper

If you have a large concentration of bees around your pool, the issue likely lies in there being a nest nearby. In that case, skip over the first two suggestions. If you have a nest in the vicinity, your best bet is to hire a beekeeper to remove it safely.

I mentioned that killing bees shouldn’t be an option because of their declining population. And a professional beekeeper can remove them from your area without killing them.

A beekeeper will take the bees to a local bee farm and harvest their honey seasonally.

How to Keep Wasps Away from Your Pool

Bees can be annoying insects, but they are not likely to sting humans if they are not threatened. On the other hand, wasps have a worse reputation for being aggressive. They also often produce much more painful stings.

However, wasps play a vital role in nature. They’re predatory insects that eat flies, caterpillars, spiders, and even bees. As a result, farmers like having wasps around their crops because they provide natural pest control.

Wasps also have some pollinating properties. However, since they tend to pick different species of flowers to visit, they’re not as effective pollinators as bees are.

Despite their benefits, I think we can all agree that no one wants to emerge from their pool to find a wasp flying towards them in an attack position. Below are some strategies you can use to keep these aggressive insects away.

Use Fake Wasp Nests

The great thing about wasps is that they’re easy to trick, and they hate other wasps. Therefore, you can purchase fake wasp nests and put them around your yard—especially near your pool.

Doing so will make real wasps less likely to build their nests there. However, the downside to this method is that once a wasp colony builds its nest, it’s practically impossible to get them to leave it.

Therefore, a fake wasp nest should only be used as a preventative measure to keep wasps out of your yard.

Entice Them with Meat

It may be surprising to find that wasps love raw meat and will gravitate towards it if you have some out in your yard.

It may sound like an unappetizing solution, but luring wasps away from your pool with some red meat is proven to be an effective strategy.

To do this, you’ll want to place the meat far from your pool, but not so far that it attracts an entirely different colony of wasps (remember, wasps spread their colonies out and don’t get along with each other).

It’s best to hang the meat from a tree branch, and you must use raw meat—cooked meat doesn’t create the same kind of “buzz.”

You also should be careful to use a small amount of meat. Otherwise, the meat will start to rot before the wasps consume it all. And you will have another problem on your hands with flies and maggots.

Get Professional Help

Wasps aren’t the kind of insect you want flying around your pool, especially if someone in your household has allergies. Therefore, if you cannot get rid of them humanely, calling a pest control company may be the only reasonable option.

Since pest control companies usually use toxic chemicals to remove wasps, let them know if you’d rather have them remove the wasps without chemicals. After all, you don’t want dangerous insecticides seeping into your swimming pool.

What Attracts Bees and Wasps to Your Pool?

Bees and wasps are attracted to pools of water in nature as well as in your backyard. They use cool water to control the temperature of their hives during the hot months. Setting up a nest near your pool is a perfect opportunity for both bees and wasps to sustain themselves with drinking water and natural air conditioning!

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Take Your Pool Back

You don’t have to suffer by swimming around bees and wasps flying around your pool. By implementing one or more of the strategies here, you’ll soon be on your way to enjoying a peaceful time in the water. If you have other problems like worms in your pool, be sure to read my other guides.

While the most straightforward solution may seem like extermination, bees and wasps play a vital role in the ecosystem. Therefore, I urge you to use one of the environmentally friendly approaches I discussed here. Your clean pool water and dinner plate will thank you!

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