Has anyone noticed how many bees (and when I say “bee” I mean wasps, yellow jackets and all their annoying friends) there are this year?! I have no idea why, but it feels like they are literally staging a TAKE OVER of the outdoors, which is annoying and super annoying if you’re trying to plan a wedding outside. As stupid and silly as it sounds, a bee problem can honestly cause some significant problems on your wedding day, and although there’s probably no way to completely get rid of the pesky things, you can take some measures to try and avoid the hostile bee take over!
I am not a bee keeper, bee expert or bee enthusiast, but I do REALLY dislike bees, so I had a personal agenda when compiling this little amateur list of tricks to keep them away. Please add your 2 cents if you think we’re missing something, we’re all in this together!
Here are some steps to try BEFORE the wedding:
- Locate the nest. Then get rid of it! The best way to tell where a nest is, is to simply notice where the most insects are and where they seem to be going. If you can’t find it, call the exterminator!
- Hang up some crumbled paper bags. Apparently, bees are very territorial and will think the bag is another nest and will steer clear.
- Set out traps. Buy a bunch of those really (ugly) yellow bee traps early in the summer and put them everywhere!
- Get plants that bees hate. I wasn’t aware of this, but you can plant certain types of plants that bees don’t like. Just google which ones to use.
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If you can’t take preventative measure before the wedding, then here are some things you can do during the wedding to repel the bees.
Hang Clear Plastic Bags full of Water
I have no idea why this works, but allegedly, if you hang clear plastic ziplock bags full of water, it scares them away. People swear it’s true!
This one I can attest to. Get some scented dryer sheets and rub them all over EVERYTHING, especially your wedding dress, there’s nothing worse than a bee attack during the vows! You can also place them discretely all around your ceremony and reception.
Bee cake by Martha Stewart
Keep food sealed.
As much as you can, try and keep the food covered. And as soon as people are finished eating, put all food away.
I like this one because most weddings have candles anyways, they might as well do double duty!
Keep Trash Cans Away
Don’t have your trash near where everyone is eating, they are bee magnets.
Again, I have no idea why, but they don’t like them!
Keep Sugar Indoors
I know this might not be possible, but bees love sugar so if you can, try and keep your soft drinks and desserts inside.
There are a ton of repellents on the market to keep bees away. I’ve never used any of them so I hate to endorse one specific type, but with some good research you could probably find a good solution.
What are your tips for keeping the bees away?