How to Keep Bees Away From Our Swimming Pool

Bees are beneficial to nature and humans for many reasons. Bees pollinate flowers and fruit trees. Honeybees, which seek out water sources such as pools, produce beeswax and honey. Bees can become a nuisance around swimming pools, however, especially if you are trying to have relaxing time in the water. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, bees find the water and return to the colony and tell other bees about the water supply. If you kill the bees with a non-pesticide, the bees cannot return to the colony and alert other bees to the location of the water.

Step 1

Mix 1/4-cup of dish soap in 1 quart of water.

Step 2

Place the mixture in a spray bottle.

Step 3

Spray the bees with the mixture when you see them around the pool. This will kill the bees without harsh chemical pesticides.

Step 4

Mix 2 tbsp. of vinegar with 1 gallon of water. Use this mixture in decorative birdbaths or pet water dishes around the pool area or yard. It will not hurt the wildlife or pets.

Step 5

Cover the pool with a cover when not in use if possible to prevent new bees from finding the water source.

Step 6

Repair any leaks around the pool pump that can attract bees. If the pump sweats or has standing water that cannot be controlled, pour a pine-scented cleaner on the water spots to keep bees away.

Step 7

Place the pool toys in the sun to dry off before putting them away for the day.