Bees aren’t known for being the nicest insects. As a stinging insect, there is always some concern when they are around. However, bees are good for the environment. Honey bees, especially, are the best and most abundant pollinators responsible for pollinating food crops. However, just because they are suitable for the ecosystem, most don’t want bees around them. You might not like bees because they are frightening with the potential to sting, or perhaps you have an allergy. 

Getting rid of bees or keeping them away starts with preventative actions. Repellents are the best method for discouraging bees. Because of the abundance of chemical pesticides, many homeowners are leaning towards finding all-natural remedies. The good news, there are several homemade bee repellent recipes on the internet that work by deterring bees. Some methods can be worn on your person or sprayed around the yard. In this article, we will go over what natural bee repellents are, and a few homemade, all-natural recipes.

Single bee on a white flower.


What Are Considered Natural Bee Repellents?

Staying all-natural is an excellent eco-conscious way to be. Natural products are not only better for you and your family’s health, but it can also promote better practices for protecting the earth. Bees are deterred by smells, much like people are. For example, skunks, trash, sulfur, and rotten eggs are all things we want to stay far away from. Bees are a little more sensitive and are turned-off by flowers and herbs primary. 

Because bees don’t like certain all-natural smells, these things make for excellent repellent. Some of what you’ll see in all-natural repellents include the following.

  • Peppermint Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Geranium Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Citronella Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil

You can’t go over what keeps bees away, without going over the things that bees love to be around and are attracted to. These can include:

  • Honeysuckle
  • Wisteria
  • Sunflowers
  • Poppies
  • Lilacs
  • Lantana
  • Snapdragons
  • Sedums
  • Pale Purple Coneflower

Things that aren’t considered all-natural repellents could include most pesticides found in stores. Chemical pesticides are something you want to avoid using if possible. If an active infestation is present, contact a local pest controller for safe and effective means of getting rid of the bees.


Top Five Recipes for Homemade Bee Repellents

So, you’re ready to start making your own homemade bee repellents. Most of these recipes will use some type of essential oil in a spray bottle used around the yard. Making your own is both a practical option as well as a cost-effective one too. However, if you are looking for something more comfortable to keep bees at bay, planting natural bee deterrent plants around the house is an excellent start in addition to professional pest control.

Homemade bee repellents

Recipe #1: Witch Hazel & Peppermint

In a small bowl, combine:

  • 6 Tbsp of Witch Hazel
  • Ten drops of peppermint oil
  • 7-10 drops of Tea tree oil 

Transfer to a spray bottle, mixing all ingredients. Add a little water to make it easier to spray and reduce the concentration. This is one of the best recipes to try as it deters not only bees but also other insects too.

Recipe #2: Cinnamon & Spice

Cinnamon is another natural method for repelling bees. Using cinnamon sticks, grind in a food processor or blender. Sprinkle throughout the yard and around the house. You can try cinnamon powder sold at the store for under $2.00 for an even more cost-effective repellent. 

Recipe #3: Plant Peppermint/ Sprinkle Cucumbers

Taking action and planting peppermint in the garden can help a bunch with stopping bees from choosing your property to establish their hive. Another great all-natural solution is sprinkling cucumber peels outside in a garden or flower bed. Cucumbers can also double as composite.

Recipe #4: Citrus Rind & Tap Water

Another excellent method for creating repellent is in spray bottle form. Using lemon, grapefruit or lime citrus, from the peel combined with 4 cups of water, creates an easy to use spray repellent in the yard. You can lightly mist before an outdoor event and throughout to keep bees and other insects at bay. 

Recipe #5: The Essential Oil Blends

For the last recipe, you can blend any essential oil on the list above and create your very own, all-natural remedy. Some of the top blends include:

  • Rosemary Oil + Clove Oil
  • Clove Oil + Eucalyptus Oil
  • Citronella Oil + Eucalyptus Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil + Geranium Oil
  • Cinnamon + Clove Oil + Cedarwood Oil

For all of these combinations, you will mix the ingredients together with about a cup of water in a spray bottle. You can also apply these on yourself to keep insects away.


Hopefully, you found some great solutions to keeping bees away from you and your home with these all-natural homemade bee repellents. These plants, herbs, and essential oils have been used throughout the ages and still work very well today. However, if you are experiencing more than a few bees, or you or a family member have a bee allergy, you might want something more certain to keep bees away. Bug Guys Pest Control is proud to offer the best bee removal and preventative services throughout the Coachella Valley.