Keeping bees out of a swimming pool
Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Lexington County, SC USA
    Posts
    50

    Default Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    There is no fall flow where I live but I have located a property owner north of me who will let me set up an out yard. I plan to put the bees as far as possible from his home up against the property line which borders a huge open field.

    His swimming pool is 100 yards from this spot. I plan to put out buckets of water with floating straw or foam peanuts as a water source.

    Two questions:

    1. How far away from the bees is optimum for my buckets?

    2. Is there something I can put in the water (salt, etc.) that will make it more attractive than pool water?

    I don't want to wear out my welcome on his property with bees in his pool.

    Thanks

  2. Remove Advertisements
    BeeSource.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Lumpkin County, GA
    Posts
    875

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    A speaker at our club said that bees have a hard time finding forage that is less than 50 feet from their hives. It also helps to put an obstacle (trees, bushes, etc.) between the water and the hives if it is a short distance away.
    I have a neighbor that complained about my bees around their pool. I got a chicken waterer from Tractor Supply and filled it with a some sugar syrup to get the bees to find it. Once they emptied it, I added water that had a bit of salt and refilled the waterer. The bees mostly used that water although, it did not totally prevent the bees from visiting their pool.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Pepperell, MA.
    Posts
    6,134

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    Once bees lock onto a water source it's not easy to get them going elsewhere. My neighbors have a pool about 100 yards from my hives. I suppose the bees visit the pool but between the hives and the pool is a chicken waterer as well as a bird bath. They LOVE the birdbath. I think the best thing is to just give them something closer and hope that they use it first. I used to add a few drops of chlorine in the waterer and maybe it helped....I'm not sure but I don't do that now.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    St. Albans, Vermont
    Posts
    8,174

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    The pool owners might try using Baquacil rather than a chlorine product. Bees love chlorine...as it breaks down into NaCl.

  6. #5

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    As a water source I know some people that have had good luck with a half whiskey barrel. Under a down spout. Put some water plane in it for them to land on. And a couple feeder goldfish. To eat any mosquito larva.

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    39

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    I grow azolla on top of a tub of water about 100 feet away. The azolla provides something for them to stand on and makes collecting water simple, far better than straw. At any point in time over summer there are 40+ bees collecting water there. I have to top it up each day as the water level drops a lot.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Location
    Northern Colorado, USA
    Posts
    633

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    I am not sure if it helped or not, but I put a spoonfull of honey on a floating platform to try to attract the bees to the water source that I had. It seemed to work, but I am not sure this was what caused the bees to chose the water source I wanted

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Lexington County, SC USA
    Posts
    50

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    Good stuff, thank you all.

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Posts
    1,189

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    The neighbor's pool is 200' (60m) from my hive. I tried buckets and various water sources at about 100' (30m) distance. What finally worked was to get a Walmart kiddie wading pool the same blue colors as the neighbor's pool lining and put it in the line of flight to the neighbor's pool. The bees have to overfly it and seemed to think it was the pool as they immediately started going there instead.
    Zone 6B

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Greenville, NC, USA
    Posts
    198

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    Yep, adding chlorine bleach to water attracts bees. Every time I wash the driveway I get a lot of bees coming for a drink.

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Suffolk, VA
    Posts
    4,225

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    Quote Originally Posted by Smokeybee View Post
    His swimming pool is 100 yards from this spot. I plan to put out buckets of water with floating straw or foam peanuts as a water source.
    One key factor is consistency of the water source! If the source you provide fails for any reason, you can bet that the bees are going to be in the pool. Once they target the pool it is a MUCH harder thing to pull them away from that source. Not sure about the foam peanuts idea. Some of the newer style peanuts are actually biodegradable, which would be a problem. I'd consider a rigid piece of foam board with terry cloth wrapped over it so that is wicks up the water.

    This is what I did to keep bees out of my saltwater system swimming pool

    https://youtu.be/EhA9ZEizugo
    Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Santa Fe, NM, U.S.
    Posts
    264

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    My bees two years ago honed in on my neighbors pool, they LOVED her floating warming mat, they would land on it and walk to the edge.

    I bought her an inexpensive bottle of Peppermint oil and she put it in the pool. At the same time, I added a couple drops of Lemon grass oil to the water I have in their 5 gal buckets that have 2 in. of wine corks floating in it.

    And no, we don't drink THAT much wine but I do have a large, local, vineyard that hosts quite a few hives for me, so bags of corks are easy to attain.

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Aylett, Virginia
    Posts
    4,290

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    Your local homebrew shop can sell you bags of corks and they are really inexpensive. Although, needing corks could be an excuse to become a wine connoisseur.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

  15. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    West Jordan, UT, USA
    Posts
    1,119

    Default Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    Your local homebrew shop can sell you bags of corks and they are really inexpensive. Although, needing corks could be an excuse to become a wine connoisseur.
    Absolutely true. And I like your way of thinking!
    Never ask a barber it he thinks you need a haircut.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •