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How to Get Rid of Caterpillars Without Pesticides on Plants

How to Get Rid of Caterpillars Without Pesticides on Plants

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Caterpillars can devastate flowers, vegetable crops or shrubs within a few days, but many gardeners prefer not to spray their plants with toxic chemicals to protect them. The alternatives to using these types of pesticides to control caterpillars include manually removing the pests, using physical barriers, encouraging caterpillar predators and crop planning. However, you might also want to try certain home remedies and natural products that are effective and aren’t harmful to humans.

How to Remove Caterpillars From Plants

If you can find and remove caterpillars and eggs from your plants, you can stay a step ahead of these pesky pests. Caterpillars are the larval stage of butterflies and moths. After mating, butterflies and moths lay eggs on their host plant, often on the underside of the leaves. If you check your plants daily, you can often spot a caterpillar infestation before it gets out of control. As soon as you see one caterpillar, check the plant for more and for tiny eggs, which may be laid singly or in clusters. Remove all the caterpillars you see, dropping them into a bucket of soapy water if you’re too squeamish to squash them. Crush all the eggs or pick off the whole leaf and destroy it if the plant has plenty to spare. Repeat the process daily.

How to Protect Plants From Caterpillars

Insect barrier fabrics effectively protect plants from caterpillars. Although you might not want to cover up your prized shrubs, barrier fabrics can save many vegetable crops from caterpillar attack. To be effective, the barrier must be in place over the crop before the caterpillar eggs are laid on the plants, or you’ll only be protecting the developing larvae from their natural predators. Push short bamboo poles into the ground around the vegetables and cover the tops with small plastic plant pots to prevent the fabric from snagging on the poles. Drape the fabric over the poles and hold it tight to the soil with bricks or heavy stones. This method isn’t suitable for crops that require pollination, like tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum).

How to Attract Beneficial Insects and Animals

Although it’s a slower process than spraying, encouraging a range of wildlife to visit your garden is a useful long-term strategy to reducing caterpillars and other pest infestations. Beneficial insects that prey on leaf-eating caterpillars include chalcid, brachonid and ichneumon wasps. Don’t worry; these aren’t the kinds of wasps that sting people. You can attract them to your garden by growing plants such as carrots (Daucus carota var. sativus) and parsley (Petroselinum crispum) and leaving them to flower. Attract caterpillar-eating birds, like chickadees, nuthatches, orioles and warblers, by installing a birdbath or fountain and leaving an area of your garden to grow a little wild, which provides cover and nesting sites.

Crop Planning to Discourage Caterpillars

A wide expanse of its favorite plant is like an all-you-can-eat buffet to a butterfly or moth looking for nourishment for its offspring. To discourage and confuse flying insects that target your vegetable crops, avoid growing plants in the same family together in the same place year after year. Alternate rows of vegetable types, grow in mixed blocks and rotate crops around your garden every season.

Chili Spray to Control Caterpillars

Home remedies can be effective caterpillar repellents. If your plants are infested, try this recipe:

  1. Grind 3 1/2 ounces of dried chilies in a food processor.
  2. Add the powder to 1/2 gallon boiling water.
  3. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes.
  4. Add 1/2 gallon cold water and 2 or 3 drops of liquid soap.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool.
  6. Test the solution on a leaf and wait 24 hours.
  7. If the plant shows no reaction, spray the chili mixture on the caterpillars every evening.

Natural Pesticides

Pesticides that naturally control caterpillars include neem oil and bacterial sprays. Neem tree seeds are naturally insecticidal, and proprietary neem-based pesticides are formulated using extracts from the seeds. Many neem products are concentrates, and you must dilute the product before using it. For example, one commonly used neem oil product must be diluted at a rate of 2 tablespoons per gallon of water. Bacterial sprays contain bacteria that attack the pest but aren’t harmful to humans. To control caterpillars, use a product that contains Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki. The dilution rates for products containing the bacteria may vary according to the plant you’re planning to spray. Carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for mixing and applying pesticides. Neem oil is toxic to bees, so only spray after dusk when the bees are no longer out.

5 unusual Russian ways to beat a cold

It is not a big deal to catch a cold in winter.

It is not a big deal to catch a cold in winter — especially in Russia, where winters are usually long and harsh. The prolonged cold weather and the constant probability of catching an infection prompted Russians to find various ways of treating a cold. RBTH has gathered the five most unusual ones.

Raspberry preserve treatment

A raspberry jam. Source: Lori / Legion MediaIn Russia raspberry preserve is considered a panacea for a cold.

From childhood everyone knows about the healthy properties of such a jam. Russian grandmothers are enthusiastic about making ill grandchildren drink tea with raspberry preserve. Lots of people even believe that, just by using this method, they can beat a cold without any medicines or antibiotics. However, doctors warn that using raspberry preserve alone is not enough to overcome ‘flu or other infections, so people should not neglect more modern medication.

Garlic beads and garlic nose drops

Garlic has unique antiviral properties. Source: Lori / Legion Media

An unusual way to treat a cold is by using garlic. It is known that garlic has unique antiviral properties. People often make beads from cloves of garlic and hang them on a sick person. These beads are believed to kill viruses that cause the disease. Another unusual way to use garlic in treating a cold is in nose drops. Garlic juice is mixed with water, after which the liquid is injected into the nose. This garlic solution is known as an effective cure for a head cold. Although doctors warn that garlic nose drops must not be used more than one or two times a day, otherwise nasal mucous membranes can become inflamed.

Elbows and knees steaming

Beat a cold by steaming your elbows and knees. Source: Lori / Legion Media

The next unusual method to treat a cold is by steaming the elbows and knees. You will need two basins of hot water so you can immerse your elbows in one basin and knees in the other. At the same time you are supposed to add hot water to both basins (apparently with the help of a friend). It may not help you get over your cold, but a unique style of yoga is guaranteed.

Hydrotherapeutic procedures

Russian banya is the best place for cold treatment. Source: Lori / Legion Media

At the first sign of sickness many Russians go to a banya — a steam sauna — convinced there is no better cold treatment. It is believed that the hotter the steam is, the easier it is to overcome the disease. However, banya lovers also report discouraging experiences, when the experience not only did not bring the cold to an end, but even caused complications. That is why you should think twice before going treating a cold with a visit to the banya.

Gargling with kerosene

It’s really weird! Source: Lori / Legion Media

A really weird folk remedy to treat a cold is by gargling with kerosene. Proponents say that only purified kerosene diluted with water should be used for this odd approach to tackling a cold. It should be noted though, that doctors categorically forbid the habit, which is more likely to seriously damage your health than help you overcome a cold. RBTH sides with medical professionals on this issue!

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9 Effective Solutions on How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

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Did you know that Japanese beetles only come out about 6-8 weeks out of the year for a feeding period?

Who would have ever thought that those little creatures could do so much damage in only a few short weeks?

But they do! I dread them every year because they can absolutely ravage a harvest.

Yet, it seems there is very little that can be done to stop these tiny pests. Well, I’m here to share with you different ways to rid your garden of Japanese beetles this year.

Hopefully you’ll find one method that works well for you.

How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles

1. Sevin Dust

Okay, let me say, I try to keep an organic garden. But truthfully, after losing my harvests a couple of years in a row because of Japanese Beetles, I have been known to throw in my organic towel and pull out the Sevin Dust.

So if you are battling Japanese Beetles, and you feel that they are winning, then you might want to consider pulling out this trusty insecticide and sprinkle it on your plants. Those beetles will be dead in no time.

However, remember that you will have to re-apply. Unfortunately, Japanese Beetles come out in high numbers. So just because you killed the beetles that were on your plants today, doesn’t mean there won’t be a ton back on them again tomorrow.

2. Bag a Bug

This is usually my first go-to when I begin seeing Japanese Beetles hanging around my garden. These neat little traps consist of bags and a little metal pole.

You place the bags on the pole, and there is something that comes inside the bags that draws the Japanese Beetles to the bag instead of to your plants.

So the beetles then fly into the bag and can’t get back out. You just leave the bags hanging out around your garden until they are full. This is a great way to keep insecticides off of your plants while also keeping the bugs off of your plants too.

3. Guinea Fowl

Japanese Beetles are the whole reason I invested in guinea-fowl. I shared my honest experience with raising guinea-fowl here.

Personally, I love them. I also don’t have nearly the issue with Japanese Beetles in my garden since we’ve added guineas to our homestead. They just walk around and eat as many Japanese Beetles as their little stomachs can hold, and I enjoy a great harvest at the end of the year that hasn’t been munched on by beetles.

So if you live in a location where you could add guinea-fowl to your set-up, I’ve had great success with them and hopefully you can too. The only downside to having guineas for Japanese Beetle protection is that they can’t always reach the beetles that are really high up.

For instance, I have large grape vines. The guineas protect the bottom and the middle part of those vines like crazy because they can eat the beetles on them.

But I still have to watch the top of the grape vines because the guineas can reach them without flying. So I still use alternative methods on battling Japanese Beetles in special instances such as this.

4. A Cup of Soapy Water

With this method, you’ll just need a plastic cup that is filled half-way or a little more with water and add dish soap to the mix.

Then you’ll walk around your yard or garden and grab Japanese Beetles by the hand full. Next, you’ll toss them into this soapy water. The Japanese Beetles will not survive the cup of soapy water.

Now, this isn’t a quick hands-off fix, but it will help you to battle Japanese Beetles effectively if you stay on top of your plants.

5. Cover Your Rows

So the Japanese Beetles are wearing you down. You can’t have guineas for one reason or another, and you are really tired of having to walk around your garden with soapy water or sprinkling dust all over your plants.

What can you do?

Well, you can purchase row covers. Then you simply cover the rows of plants in your garden. This will cause the Japanese Beetles to land on top of the row covers instead of your plants.

Therefore, protecting the plants from being nibbled on and saving your harvest and flowers for the year. It is also a great option for those that want to strictly garden organically. You won’t have to introduce any pesticides to your garden with this method.

Then when the beetles have passed, you remove the row covers. But don’t feel like you’re purchasing row covers for a single use. You can use them again when the weather gets colder to protect your plants from freezing. They also help keep your plants protected from pests such as leafhoppers. If you grow carrots, then you have to be on the lookout for them.

So row covers can come in handy for many things, but especially for battling Japanese Beetles.

6. Neem Oil

Neem oil does not mix well with Japanese Beetles. You can make a neem oil spray to spritz on your plants.

Then when the Japanese Beetles eat your plants they will ingest the neem oil. Which then impacts their offspring.

So what happens is the adult Japanese Beetle ingests the neem oil spray, then they lay eggs, and the neem oil carries over to their babies. The neem oil harms them and will cause the Japanese Beetle larvae to die before they can become adults.

Which all equates to you lessening the Japanese Beetle population in your garden. In turn, it gives your plants a greater chance to thrive with less pests trying to feed off of them.

7. A.M. Coverage

Did you know that Japanese Beetles are most active in the morning? Well, they are.

If you don’t want to invest in row covers you could do the following. Drop big sheets over your garden or plants in the morning, this way the plants are protected from Japanese Beetles from being able to land on them and feed.

Then when the morning activity has settled, you just roll up the sheets with the Japanese Beetles inside.

Next, you’ll want to fill up a big bucket of water with dish soap in it. Next, you can shake out the sheets into the soapy water. The Japanese Beetles will not be able to survive the soapy water.

Then you just repeat the same thing the next morning until their 8 week feeding period has ended.

8. Fermented Fruit Cocktail

I’ll be honest with you, I try really hard not to eat canned anything that came from a store. The reason is because of all the preservatives they use to give those foods a longer shelf-life.

So occasionally I’ll have people give me store bought canned food. I don’t ever turn it away. Instead, I only take certain items that I know I can use in a different way.

Well, fruit cocktail happens to be one of those items. You just open the can and leave it sitting out in the sun for about a week. This gives the fruit enough time to ferment.

Then you create a stable base made of bricks, cinder blocks, or wood blocks. Next, you’ll place a small pail on the sturdy base and then place the fermented fruit cocktail (still in its can) inside the pail.

Finally, you’ll place water in the pail until you have almost reached the brim of the can of fruit cocktail. Place this set-up about 10 feet or so from the plants that the Japanese Beetles are destroying. What this will do is send off a sweet smell that will cause the Japanese Beetles to bypass your plants and go for the fermented fruit cocktail.

However, because of the water in the pail, the Japanese Beetles will never be able to get back out of the bucket and instead will be drowned.

9. Geraniums

My final suggestion is for you to plant geraniums in your garden. Japanese Beetles absolutely love geraniums. They think they are the best tasting treat.

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However, they have a really nasty side effect to Japanese Beetles. When they eat them, they cause the beetles to become dizzy and disoriented. This in turn, causes them to fall to the ground.

Well, that happens to be a great thing for you because you can then sweep them up off of the ground and dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water.

Again, they will not be able to survive the soapy water so this puts an end to your Japanese Beetle problem. You’ll just need to go around regularly and collect them because they won’t stay dizzy and disoriented forever.

As I mentioned earlier, I actually use a variety of these methods to best stop my issue with Japanese Beetles (because I have to battle them every year.) For myself, I use my guineas to take care of the majority of the problem.

However, for whatever I have leftover that I have to deal with, I use the cup of soapy water to drop all of the Japanese Beetles down inside, and we try to cover our plants whenever possible. I have to be careful how much I leave them covered though because of our climate.

See, we have really warm summers, and our plants will cook if we aren’t careful. Which means I can’t leave them covered for too long of a period, but I do what I can while I can.

So hopefully you can find a concoction of these suggestions that will help you to rid your garden of Japanese Beetles this year as well.

Well, now you have my suggestions on winning ‘The Battle of the Beetles.’ I know how frustrating it can be to work so hard on a garden and have these little pests come in and ruin your hard work in a matter of weeks. It can actually feel quite demoralizing.

So I want to hear from you. Do you have to battle Japanese Beetles? If not, can you tell us why? If so, what do you do to battle Japanese Beetles each year? Have you found anything that works particularly well for you?

We’d love to hear from you all so please leave us your thoughts and comments in the space provided below.

15 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Bumble Bees

Bumble bees are social insects that generally form a colony of their own with a single queen. Bumble bee colonies are usually smaller than honey bee colonies. It can have as few as 40-50 bees in one nest. Bumble bees generally feed on nectar as honey bees. These bees can sting powerfully and multiple times. They usually like to stay away from animals and humans.

It is best to not kill them as their population is greatly threatened. They make for an important part of our ecosystem. But however valuable their existence might be, it doesn’t make sense for you to share your living space with them, especially because of their harmful and painful stings. But before getting rid of this insect, you should know what kind of bees you are dealing with.

In this article you will learn how to deal with bumble bee infestation at your house, the difference between different kinds of bees, what a bumble bee looks like and the best home remedies to get rid of bumble bees.

What is the difference between various types of bees?

Bumble bee: Bumble bees generally get aggressive and attack only when threatened. It usually prefers nesting underground or on loose and fluffy materials.

Carpenter bees: These are oval shaped bees. They have the ability to burrow into a service and leave three to eight inches hole. These are solitary beings. They hardly cause any damage to structural beams. Even then, the individual nests have the ability to multiply and eventually they end up destroying the surface of wood.

Honey bees: Honey bee nests are much larger than bumble bee nests. Their nests can produce close to thousand workers and can get quite heavy. These bees are known to be extremely beneficial and less aggressive.

Wasps are bees but are known to be more aggressive. Common species of wasps include:

Hornet: This species is very aggressive; hornets build paper nests that take the shape of an upturned teardrop.

Wasp: A wasp is thin and long and their legs sort of hang when they are in flight. They have a very painful and powerful sting and generally build their colonies in cars and attics.

Ground bee: This small species of wasps builds its nest underground. The depth can vary from two inches to two feet. The nests are usually build in abandoned holes and burrows. They are very aggressive and get agitated easily.

Yellow jacket: These are yellow and black striped insects. They build their nest very similar to that of a hornet. They are also known to build their nests in walls and can chew through a surface wood or a drywall.

What does a bumble bee look like?

Bumble bees are fuzzy creatures with yellow and black striped bands on their body. They have a round body which is covered with soft hair, making them feel and appear fuzzy. When the yellow and black colors alternate, it serves as a warning signal. A female bumble bee’s sting is pretty painful. The warning colors can change from yellow to black, pink, white, red and orange, depending on the type of the bee.

What is the lifecycle of a bumble bee?

A solitary queen is responsible for starting a bumble bee nest. This queen bee emerges during the spring season and starts looking for an appropriate place to build a nest. Generally, bumble bees build their nests in old burrows and holes, usually that of a rodent’s. Mice holes are also sometimes used by the queen bee to start building her colony. She lays around 5-8 eggs which then develop into worker bees. This way the queen starts building her colony and by around mid of summer, the colony has up to 100 bee workers.

What is the difference between honeybees and bumble bees?

People often confuse between bumble bees and honeybees. But they are different in a lot of ways. Below listed are a few differences.

• Bumble bees are flat and furry whereas honeybees are slim and smaller, much like wasps

• Different species of bumblebees have tongues of varied length and hence they feed from varied and different shaped flowers. All honeybees have smaller tongues and they generally feed from open flowers.

• Bumble bees have small colonies, consisting of around 50-300 bees. Honey bees live in big hives, consisting of around 20,000-60,000 bees.

• Among the bumble bees, just the queen hibernates and that too inside a hole in the ground. Among the honey bees, the queen, along with her many offsprings, stays in the hive and hibernates.

• The queen bumble bees generally lives for a year, but the rest of the worker bees die within a few months. The honeybee queens have a longer lifespan and live up to 3-4 years.

• The bumble bees have their habitat in the wild. They usually build their colonies in the countryside or in gardens. Honeybees have their own personal beekeepers, but there are some honeybees that prefer the wild.

• Bumble bees make small quantities of a substance that resembles honey but is not exactly honey (at least these bees don’t treat it as honey). Honeybees are known to make a lot of honey for themselves which their beekeepers sell away or consume.

• Bumble bee population is threatened, the reason being a scarcity of flowers to eat from and places to build their colonies in the countryside. Honeybees are declining as well; mainly the reason for their threatened existence is mites and diseases.

• Bumble bees generally don’t sting until they are agitated, but when they do, they sting multiple times. Honeybees generally die after stinging someone because then the stinger gets barbed and that sticks to their skin.

• Bumble bees do not communicate by dancing, rather they communicate by passing pollen among the worker bees. Honeybees are known to use some kind of a waggle dance to pass on information about different flowers’ locations.

Now, all said and done, it’s clear that bumble bees can hurt you, or at least damage your properties to some extent. The next big question, then, is here.

How to get rid of bumble bee hives?

There are a number of methods of bumble bee extermination, depending on where they build their colonies (for instance, in the yard, house, garden, in the ground or the car).

Now you know, these bees can be troublesome. Hiring an exterminator to get rid of these bees is going to be expensive. Plus, you don’t want to kill a lot of bees if you can avoid it, right?

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So, focus on preventing these bees from making their homes at your property. If that happens, use as many as possible of these remedies for getting rid of bumble bees.

1. Tarping the nest

Tarping is a great, and environment friendly option to trap the bees, the only downfall being its risky nature. For this place, you need to put tarps on the bumble bee nests and put heavy items like stones and bricks on the sides of the tarp. This method turns out to be most effective when carried out at night. That’s because in the morning, there is a possibility of agitating the bees when you try to place the tarp. It would be best if you wear dark clothes while carrying out this task to draw as little attention to yourself as possible. You can also opt to use a few extra hands for this so one person can place the tarp over the nest and others can place the heavy bricks all around.

2. Boiling water and soapy mint water mixture

Attacking the source, i.e. the nest is the best way to eliminate the bees effectively. This method is helpful when you are dealing with ground bees as you would then know the location of the nest. Mint oil has the ability to kill nearly all insects, and soapy boiling water increases its potency. Mix two cups of water and 2-3 cups of peppermint castile soap and keep a kettle of hot boiling water handy. Put on some protective clothing and start pouring the soap and water mixture down the nest with a hose or a pipe. Pour the hot boiling water after this and then run inside the house to avoid bumble bee stings. The hot boiling water will help the soap water penetrate through the nest properly.

3. D-Force HPX

D-Force HPX is the way to go if you are considering using chemicals to get rid of bumble bees. This is an insecticide that comes in a pressurised can. Deltamethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid is its active ingredient. This ingredient paralyses the bees by attacking their nervous systems, thus killing them. You need not spray this over your entire yard or garden; you can just target the nest and spray on it. This insecticide can be used both outdoors and indoors, but you need to keep kids and pets away from it. Also, make sure to wear protective layer of clothing while spraying this.

4. Vinegar spray

Vinegar spray is a great option to remove bumble bees from your yard and garden. Wear protective clothing while spraying this. All you have to do is mix equal parts of water and vinegar, put the mixture in a spray can, and spray it on the nest or the hive at night to avoid the bee stings. It would also be beneficial if you spray this mixture on the surrounding flowers, bushes, and plants as the bees are most active there. Keep applying and spraying the mixture until you get rid of all the bees.

5. Trap made out of soda bottle

This is an ingenious trap worth trying out. For this, all you have to do is to take a soda bottle and cut it in half. Take the sweetest soda that you can find. Fill the bottom half of the bottle with this sweet soda. Keep this bottle near the hives and the places where they are the most active (for instance, the nearby plants and flowers). The sweetness of the liquid will attract bumble bees. Once they dive in to taste it, they will drown in the liquid. It’s possible that they’ll react quickly, flying away before drowning. In such cases, you can use any other method to get rid of the rest of the bees.

6. Hang bee zappers around your house

Bee zappers are a convenient way to get rid of bumble bees around your house. If you spot a bee hive or a nest in or around your house, you can resort to this method. Use bee zappers to lure bumble bees towards them. Once the bees come in contact with the zapper, they are electrocuted and killed immediately. A warning: this method won’t be of any use if you want to get rid of the bees without killing them.

7. Water your garden frequently

Bumble bees generally prefer building their nests and hives in sandy and dry soil, the reason being the fact that dry and sandy soil attract female bees to start nesting there. If you spot hives under the ground, you can start watering your garden and lawn frequently. This will make the soil wet and moist and deter these bees, thereby keeping them from coming back. This is an extremely inexpensive way to get rid of the bees naturally and without killing them.

8. DIY bee spray

IF you want to get rid of bees naturally, the best way would be to make your own bee repellent spray. Bumble bees are known to get attracted to sweet smells such as floral, honey and fruity perfumes. To make your own spray, mix one cup of odorless baby shampoo, and one drop of cinnamon oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil. You can use either one of them or all – it is your call. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and start spraying it on their nests and plants and flowers where they are most active usually.

9. Citronella candles

Citronella candles are known to be effective as mosquito repellents. They are also known to work equally well to ward off bumble bees from your home. They are a great option for getting rid of the bees naturally and without causing them any harm. Light some citronella candles in the rooms where the infestation has occurred. Keep doing this for a few days, the bees will start avoiding those places and eventually stop invading your house. Once all the bees have gone, you can get rid of their hives and nests.

10. Garlic

This kitchen spice can turn out to be lethal on bumblebees. Garlic can be used in various ways. One of them would be use some garlic in cooking oil. Soak some garlic pieces into the cooking oil and add a little bit of white vinegar to it. Make sure to add cheap vinegars as they are more acidic and will cause more harm to the bees. Mix them properly and take the mixture in a spray bottle. Start spraying on the bees but make sure you have all the protective clothing on. You can also spray this mixture down the bee hives and nests.

11. Citrus

Citrus can also be used to drive away the bees. Boil a kettle of water and put slices of citrus fruits on it. Let the water boil down to a third of the volume and then put it in the spray can. Spray this mixture on the bee hives and nests, flowers, and plants where they are usually found.

12. Borax

Borax is the best chemical if you are looking to kill the bumblebees. All you need to do is drop down some of this chemical on the bee nests on the ground and let it take care of the issue. Borax can be and is used to kill a number of pests, the only requirement being that the bees have to come in contact with the powder.

13. Cinnamon

This is another spice from the kitchen that can help you to get rid of bumble bees without killing them. The best way to use this method is to sprinkle some grounded cinnamon around the beehive and keep doing it for at least 1-2 weeks. Eventually, the bees would immediately relocate.

14. Mothballs

The smells of mothballs is said to put off bees. Hang these mothballs around your garden or place them in your area where you frequently spot the bees. You can prevent bumble bees from building their hives using this method.

15. Bee repelling plants

Bees are generally drawn towards flowers and plants, but there are some plants that repel bees; mint is one of them. If you spot bee hives or nests in your garden or yard, one of the methods that you can use is to plant bee-repelling plants.

These are a few home remedies that you can use to get rid of bumble bees naturally. If nothing seems to work, the best alternative option would be to call professional beekeepers and bumble bee exterminators.

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