Plants that keep bees and wasps away [Updated]

A healthy ecosystem has bees. There’s no way around that. Wasps are also beneficial. They eat many pests that munch on our crops. They are certainly a better option than pesticides. 

However, we don’t want them on our porch during a nice summer BBQ, or by the pool when our kids are swimming. What can we do? Call a pest control company? Or start with things that YOU can do?

Let’s start by looking at our landscaping. Let’s remove flowers from the places we like to hang out.

Now, let’s add some green plants into the mix. Let’s make sure they are strong-smelling herbs. Buy plenty. Use porch planters and pots. But, which ones should you buy?

4 plants and bushes that keep bees and wasps away

These all can be found at nurseries here in Southern New England.

1. Spearmint

Gardeners often grow it in pots or planters due to its invasive, spreading rhizomes. The plant prefers partial shade, but can flourish in full sun to mostly shade.

2. Thyme

Thyme is best cultivated in a hot, sunny location with well-drained soil. It is generally planted in the spring and thereafter grows as a perennial.

3. Eucalyptus

Although this is usually a tree, there are many varieties of Eucalyptus bushes that you can plant in your yard.

Don’t forget to keep all food sources inside, and keep your garbage cans sealed. If you must put out food, include some plates of sliced cucumbers. The vegetable has an acid property that wasps and bees don’t like.

4. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon)

A new addition to the list. This native plant is from Asia. It will survive seasons in the south and works wonders. This plant loves full sun.

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Bonus Blog Article

How to Protect Your Food Pantry from pests and bugs during COVID19

Like most folks, you likely went out and stocked up on dry goods this week. You might have bought some dry beans, flour, pasta, grains. Go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief; having large amounts of nutritious dry goods in your pantry is a great way to prepare for COVID19 social distancing and quarantine. Dry goods are affordable, versatile, and healthy. Well done. 

Dry goods only have one shortfall, and with it being the first week of spring, this is timely: pests love dry goods. This is the time of year when you start to see sugar ants, pantry moths, and flies entering your home in pursuit of food. And if they find a reliable food source, they’ll settle-in and stay. You put a lot of time and energy into securing your dry goods. Don’t let them be contaminated and eaten by pantry pests. 

Follow these simple guidelines and your dry goods will be pest-free and last you 1 to 2 years.

  1. Keep your dry goods cool.
    1. Do not store your dry goods near your stove or dishwasher, above your refrigerator, or near a radiator or other heat source. Instead, store your dry goods inside a cabinet that is far from any heat source.
    2. Heat will make your dry goods spoil much more quickly. 
    3. Warm and deteriorating dry goods will attract pests. Warmth and decomposition make dry goods emit odors that pests are attracted to. Remember, if pests are entering your home, they’re looking for food or shelter. Don’t give them a reason to come inside. 
  2. Keep your dry goods dry.
    1. Don’t store your dry goods in a damp basement. They’ll mold and deteriorate quickly. And this deterioration will attract pests into your home.
  3. Keep your dry goods dark
    1. Same rule here. Sunlight makes your dry goods deteriorate more quickly, and warm, decomposing dry goods attract pests.
  4. Use containers. 
    1. Containers should have a tight-fitting lid. 
    2. Containers can be made of glass, plastic, or ceramic. 
    3. Don’t be afraid to copy your grandmother or great grandmother, here: a re-used peanut butter jar is a great way to store dry goods. 
    4. Plastic bags are only good for short term storage. Pests can easily find their way inside plastic bags. 

If you find that pantry pests are contaminating your dry goods and you’ve tried all the methods above, consider calling a pest control company like Debug to treat the exterior of your home. Having this added layer of protection is sure to keep you and your family’s food safe during COVID19. 

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