The mosquitos are terrible in NC this year. My wife got me some rubber bands that contain Citronella that wrap around my ankles to repel the little buggers. I wear them around the beehive and the bees never pay any more attention to me than when I'm not wearing them. And they do help keep the mosquitos away.
mosquitos are attracted to carbon dioxide (your breath) and your body heat. There are a number of commercial CO2 based mosquito traps on the market or you can make your own with a coke bottle and yeast. (check the internet for mosquito traps.) Deet (like in Off and other repellants) work pretty well too and the bees don't seem to care.
Thanks for your replies!
My wife started this thread and she's not use to navigating around forums, Should have been in Garden/Planting for Bees. Her concerns are if she plants citronella plants around the house. which is around 25-30 yards away from the hives. will it harm the bees?
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