Plants do not repel bees because of the dependent relationship between plants and bees. Plants are designed to attract bees. Bees are necessary to pollinate plants to ensure that new plants continue to grow.Continue Reading
Wasps are also not repelled by most plants. Wasps need the small insects and worms that live and feed on plants to survive. The artemisia, or wormwood plant, may have a repellent effect on wasps. Wormwood is a shrub that has a natural form of absinthe-containing thujone, a potentially poisonous chemical that is toxic to humans and can also harm other nearby bushes and flowers.
Citronella, eucalyptus and mint are plants that may be wasp repellent when applied to the skin as an essential oil or as oil added to a patio candle. It is possible that, if enough of these plants are grown in one area, they may have a repellent effect on wasps. Citronella is often associated with being a mosquito repellent. It grows in ample sunlight but must be planted as an annual or moved indoors in cold climates. Eucalyptus, native to Australia, can be grown where temperatures stay above 50 degrees Fahrenheit or can be potted for indoors. Mint is hardy in cold zones and grows quickly.Learn more about Stinging Insects
Bees have a sense of smell that they use often in their daily activities. Bees actually rely heavily on their senses of smell for protection.Full Answer >
The average lifespan of a bee depends upon the hive's activity when she is born, and is 40 days during the active season and five months if born the season before. Queen bees live an average of three years, and drones live until they mate or for 90 days.Full Answer >
Bees generally mate at a collective mating site while flying in midair. The female bees typically mate with several male bees to collect all the sperm needed to last their entire lifetime. Male honeybees and some other species of bees die after the mating process, while other species of bees mate with multiple females.Full Answer >
To start keeping bees as a hobby or commercial venture, first gather as much information as possible and look up any city restrictions concerning keeping bee hives. Then, collect the necessary equipment and gear before purchasing the bees. Check them periodically for ailments or to see if they need feeding.Full Answer >