On summer days, bees often come across as uninvited guests at the pool and fall into the water. But how to keep wild bees away from your pool?
The best way to keep bees out of the pool is to use a special bee water potion as an alternative water source. A water atomizer can also drive the wild bees away from the pool. A bee expert has to come and relocate the nearby nest in an emergency.
I will give you helpful tips to keep wild bees away from the pool and thus protect them from drowning.
Why are bees in the pool?
What is so magical about pool water that bees and wasps end up in your pool? What does it contain that attracts the insects?
A pool in the middle of nowhere is a welcome water source for the flying insects on hot summer days.
But the wild bees do not primarily need the water to satisfy their thirst – bees satisfy their hunger mainly with the nectar of flowers.
The bees use the collected water from your pool to cool the bee nest with its larvae.
The cooling of the nest works by the bees bringing the water to the nest and distributing it there. In addition, the bees fan with their wings to create a breeze.
Therefore, the pool in your garden is a kind of life insurance for bees and wasps.
But for people who are allergic to bee stings, the bees around the pool are a big problem.
Many bees continue to drown in the pool, and the bee dying continues.
As a pool owner, you are responsible for maintaining the water balance and removing and keeping away all organic dirt in the pool.
If this does not happen, the pool water becomes cloudy.
However, we should not use all methods to keep the bees away from our pool. After all, bees and wild bees are protected. Source.
We need the bees to survive as humanity – Albert Einstein said that.
1. Use a water sprayer against bees at the pool
How can you keep the sweat bees away from the pool without breaking the law and without risking the bee’s existence?
Bees avoid the rain, so an artificially generated spray with a water atomizer can help to keep the bees away from your pool.
The wild bees are kept away from the swimming pool gently and effectively.
Maybe you don’t need to mount an extra water atomizer directly over your pool.
First, try the garden’s watering system, but the spray mist is a much better method.
Tip: With this method, you have to measure the pH level in your pool every day, as the supply of freshwater can disturb the pH level and overall the balance in the pool water.
2. Offer alternative water sources for bees
The easiest way to keep bees out of the pool is to provide an alternative water source for bees so that they can drink the water and safely fly away.
Simple drinking places, such as those often set up for birds, are suitable for this.
But in birdbaths, the bees may fall into the water and drown if the drinking points are too deep and slippery.
Special water dispensers for bees are a better alternative.
The construction of the insect water spender prevents bees from falling into the water. In addition, you don’t have to refill the drinking points often, as the water evaporation is minimal.
Set up these water points before you even begin to clean your pool in the new pool season.
The bees will then specifically fly to the water dispenser and avoid your pool.
Tip: I recommend using the insect water dispensers shown above. Due to the extra weight of the glass on top, they do not fall over in the wind. Setting up 2-3 water points in your garden is advisable.
3. Hang up dryer sheets to keep bees away from your pool
In forums, I have read positive experience reports about using commercially available dryer sheets against bees at the pool.
The chemical smell keeps the bees from flying near the swimming pool.
It must be mentioned here: This method against bees has not been scientifically documented, and I cannot say whether it really works.
The dryer sheets are hung in the area around your pool – it doesn’t look nice, but if it helps, why not?
How you hang up the dryer sheets is up to your imagination.
It is only important that the towels are not blown by the wind – you can try to stretch a rope over your pool and hang the towels on it.
4. Eliminate possible nesting places in the garden
When bees are around the pool, the bee’s nest is usually near the garden.
Depending on the number of flowers and the weather, bees fly between 0.5 to 1 miles from the nest – in some exceptions, the bees fly up to 3 miles when searching for food.
The bee’s nest is probably sitting somewhere in the garden or nearby.
Bees build their nests with the vertical wax honeycomb panels in holes. It doesn’t matter whether it is a hole in the earth or a tree trunk.
That is why such holes in trees – even before the bees start looking for a nesting site – must be sealed with a wound closure agent.
If you discover a bee nest in a hole, a professional relocation from the local beekeeping association is necessary – the relocation of the beehive is usually free of charge.
Info: Wild bees are under nature protection. There is a risk of high fines for actions against the nature protection law.
5. Use oils around your pool area to keep bees away
I’ve heard that peppermint oil can help keep bees out of the pool.
The oil is diluted with water and sprayed around the pool to do this.
Apparently, the bees cannot tolerate the scent, and the method works well for many pool owners.
I haven’t tried this myself yet, but how long does the effect last?
6. Ask local beekeepers for help
If you find one or three bees nearby your pool, it’s no big deal.
But if your pool becomes unreachable due to too many bees, then you probably have a bee nest nearby.
Depending on the federal state, maybe you have to apply to relocate the bees. This can be done at the nature conservation authority, the city administration, or the district office.
The application will be approved if one suffers from allergies or is significantly impaired in the daily use of the pool/garden.
As a private person, you have the following options:
- Contact the local beekeeping association for advice/help.
- Hire a professional company to relocate the bees.
The local beekeeping association is always ready to help neighbors with problems with bees.
The beekeepers are able – and legally entitled – to remove the bee nest, which is usually done at no extra cost.
What to do if bees drown in the pool
The bees try to drink from the swimming pool and fall into the water. That is bad because the animals can no longer get out alive on their own.
Perhaps the bees float helplessly on the surface of the water, but when the pool pump is running, the bees will be sucked up by the skimmer and drown.
Wild bees are an essential part of the ecosystem, and it is important to save the bees from drowning in the pool.
But, how to save wild bees from drowning in your swimming pool?
You, as a pool owner, can quickly put an end to the bee deaths in your pool by adding an exit option in the pool.
With the exit island, you can save all kinds of insects and small animals such as frogs from drowning in your swimming pool.
For this purpose, the exit should offer a sufficiently large area.
If you have a large pool basin over 20 ft in length, then I recommend installing at least two such exit options in your pool.
This is your small contribution to stop the bee deaths.
Make your own exit island for bees
Many bees and other insects drown in the pool water, especially on hot summer days.
It is important that you attach a suitable exit to your pool as soon as possible.
Take the initiative and put a swimming aid in the pool on which the animals can save themselves.
You don’t have to wait until your order arrives.
If you are technically gifted and have the right tools, just make a proper exit for bees yourself.
Even in a small paddling pool, a rescue option is important.
Tip: If you want to make an exit aid yourself, the surface must be rough and non-slip when wet.
How to remove dead bees from the pool
Despite all efforts to save the wild bees from drowning in the pool, you will find that some bees have soaked in the water.
This is sad, but your job, in this case, is to remove the insects from the pool water.
All organic substances disturb the water balance in your pool and must therefore get out of the pool as quickly as possible.
You can use a fine-meshed pool net for this purpose.
Another method is to use the pool skimmer – The bees and wasps floating on the water surface are removed from the pool with the skimmer when the pool pump is running.
If the dead bees are lying on the pool floor, you can try to remove the insects via the floor drain – if available.
An alternative would be using a pool vacuum cleaner – an Intex vacuum cleaner is practical for cleaning the pool floor quickly.
Tip: The skimmer ideally has a flap, so swimming water insects do not swim out of the pool skimmer. You can find more about water beetles in the pool under the link in my blog post.
Statistics on drowned bees in the swimming pool
I hope you found helpful information about the problem with bees in your pool.
But before you go, I have a quick request to all my readers.
I am in the process of publishing statistics on the number of bees dying in private pools to draw attention to the problem.
If you want to make a small contribution, then count the number of bees in your pool each month and how many of them drowned.
You can send me the data on Twitter at @contactswimfool or via email.
I am aware that this is not always easy, but every help counts to counteract the death of bees.
Do you have any further questions on the subject? Contact me on Twitter and add a link to the post.
Good luck keeping the bees away from the pool!