The summer is the time of year for excellence to spend outdoors, looking to refresh from the heat at the beach, in the woods, in the countryside or in the mountains. But summer also means particularly feared insects such as sweat bees with their stings can cause us some very annoying and potentially dangerous health problems.
However, these are extremely precious species for our ecosystem, which, due to the growing use of insecticides and pesticides, are increasingly at risk of extinction. That’s why not killing these animals but keeping them away with natural methods is the best solution from an ecological point of view.
Natural remedies to get rid of sweat bees
The coffee is one of the most effective remedies to get rid of sweat bees and other insects, with its aroma, which is indeed unbearable for these animals. All you have to do is put some ground coffee powder in a small fireproof container, such as an ashtray, a candle holder or an aluminum container, then set it on fire and let it release its particularly dense and odorous smoke. It is a simple and safe method, which can be used on a windowsill or in the garden, so you can enjoy the outdoors in peace.
Another solution is garlic, which, once added to the water of the spray used to water the plants, will keep away sweat bees and other insects. Also useful to place the peels of cucumbers in the garden or on the windowsills.
Excellent natural remedies, certainly more fragrant than the previous ones, are represented by plants and essential oils: the essence of laurel, eucalyptus and lavender oil have a high repellent power, as well as plants of lemongrass, geranium, camphor, bay leaf and basil.
They can be grown in the garden, on the terrace or on the windowsills, or a few drops of essential oil can be added to the room diffusers in every room of your home. We can use a few drops of these essential oils also on the clothes, on the skin or on the fur of your pets, so as to keep insects away.
In addition, we can obtain a good cocktail to rid of sweat bees and prevent the risk of stings even by mixing small quantities of lemongrass, lavender, mint, tea tree and jojoba essential oil in a spray diffuser, to then be sprayed on exposed parts of the body.
Finally, other useful remedies to keep sweat bees away are the camphor or mothball tablets, to be placed inside bags positioned at strategic points, such as doors or windows.
The importance of prevention
The prevention is the most effective weapon to prevent sweat bees from entering into our house or build a nest. For this reason, it is advisable to place common mosquito nets on the windows, sealing any cracks or cracks along the perimeter walls with mastic or putty and periodically checking the areas where they could nest (for example attics, roller shutter boxes and cracks).
We then suggest to fill the cavities of the walls by using expanded foam and avoid leaving sugary substances, meat or protein substances lying around.