How to Keep Bees, Yellow Jackets, and Wasps Away When Camping
You cannot blame bees and wasps when they interrupt fun times when camping; these pesky insects are only trying to distribute pollen and gathering nectar to feed their colony. However, it can be quite unsettling and dangerous to have them around your campsite or RV especially if you are allergic to bee’s stings.
Fortunately, few measures can be taken to keep bees and wasps from congregating around camp. First, understand that bees often intrude your outdoor space when they smell something they like, while wasps will come looking for flies, centipedes, and aphids. Once they discover that your place is somewhere they can get something for the day; they will not want to leave.
So, it is all up to you to take some defensive mechanism to keep them away. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to keep wasps and bees away from your campsite.
Important: Bees are one of the most beneficial insects for the environment so make every attempt to simply keep them away from you rather than killing them.
Prevent Them From Showing Up
The most important thing is to find ways to keep bees and wasps form showing up in the first place. As noted, these insects are often attracted many things on your campsite, mostly food, but anything attractive such as clothing or even hygiene products will draw their attention. Therefore, when you are planning your trip, you might consider taking some precaution to prevent them from showing up in the first place.
Avoid vibrant colors and bold patterns
First, when packing your clothing, consider the color and texture of what you are bringing with you. Vibrant colors such as red and brown will look like natural predators and will provoke bees, so you might want to choose light colors such as white or pastels. Bold patterns such especially floral pattern will get bees attention. To simply put it, anything that looks like a flower will be a flower to bees, and they will ultimately congregate around your area.
Get rid of anything that smells sweet or flowery
It is not just the looks that attract them but also the smell. Unlike mosquitoes, bees are not drawn to the human smell; they will be attracted to the sweet fragrance from your picnic food. or anything else that smells sweet or flowery, whether its sprays, or deodorant, or lotion or shampoo your moving home.
Therefore, if you see bees coming to you, there are high chances that you got something in your campsite or on you that allured them. So, when camping, wear products without scents. If you will be serving sweet food, it could be a good idea to set up a decoy.
Set things like the sugar water mixture, or fruits, or even a cup of juice a couple of meters away and about half an hour before bringing your food out. Essentially, this may hopefully distract bees and wasps, thereby keeping them away from your area.
Mask the scent
The other strategy to use is to reduce your food scent or lotions thus preventing them from catching a whiff. Anything that can mask the smell will ultimately keep them away. Remember the stronger the smell, the more likely bees and wasps will be attracted to your camping site.
A simple trick is to keep all food covered unless necessary or you could scatter some mint or cloves on them. Typically, this will effectively distract these stinging insects, making them think that you or your kitchen area has nothing of value to offer.
Don’t leave trash out
It can be tempting to leave garbage out given the limited space you have , but doing this will only attract bees and wasps. Put an outdoor-lidded trash where you will be dumping all garbage, but always makes sure that it is properly sealed so that it does not entice smell that can attract these insects. As soon as the trash is full, deposit it in a designated area. If you decide to use a trashcan, place some repellents around it.
Getting Rid of Bees and Wasps From Your RV
If bees and yellow jackets have already congregated on your camping site, then the best and easiest way to keep bees away is to use commercial chemical repellents. Some repellents will work, but some may not; therefore, you might want to do your due diligence on the most effective brand, but this might be a trial-and-error process. You will find a good repellent on a drugstore or a local retailer.
Start a campfire
If you can, start a campfire because smoke always does an excellent job when it comes to keeping bees and wasps away. Smoke causes these insects to release hormone, which means that they will only be concerned with their survival rather than congregating on your campsite.
Trapping is probably the best strategy to keep wasps away from your site. Wasps are more aggressive, so to protect your family from these stinging insects, then you might consider trapping them. You will find some liquids baits, but you can also find some natural methods of trapping them.
Mostly wasps will smell sugary stuff, so make anything sweet such as diluted jam and fruits then add soap or something sticky that will catch their wings.
The problem with trapping is that it can attract other insects including bees. Remember that these insects are only trying to find food or even better to pollinate flowers, so it would be a good idea to find a better option of repelling away from your RV other than killing them.
Of course, there are plenty of other similar organic and chemical free approaches to keep bees away and a simple search on Pinterest will give you tons of ideas. The most commonly used is the Almond extract. Other natural deterrent includes mint, lemongrass, garlic, and cloves.
If you are staying in the same spot for a long time, or have your storage in an RV, it is a good idea to make sure that bees and wasps do not nest around it. To prevent this, check the area and make sure there aren’t any bees and wasps activities.
If they have already assembled in your camp try the deterrents methods suggested on this article or, you could simply try to cover areas where bees and wasps could build their nests.
Basically, these are the most known methods to drive bees and wasps from swarming your camping area. You could test each one of them and see the one that works best for you, but using repellents when these stinging insects have intruded in your home is never a bad idea.