Find out what to do when you have bees in patio furniture. Bees that are nesting in or around your patio furniture isn’t exactly inviting. Knowing the difference between a bee and a wasp is also important in determining the steps needed to remove them. Wasps are attracted to food and are longer in appearance. Wasp traps are very effective but the key is to capture the queen (just like chess).
One thing to keep in mind is that dark colors can be a bad sign to bees. They associate colors like red and black with aggressive predators. If your patio furniture is a darker color, this may be a reason why they are aggregating near your seating area.
How to Remove Bees from Patio Furniture
- Use light colored cushions that will be more likely to repel bees. This may work better when your furniture is a darker red color that bees don’t like. Learn more about replacement patio cushions.
- Burn a garden candle. Both bees and wasps are distracted by the garden candles. This is not a guaranteed method but it is worth trying. You can buy Citronella wasp deterrent garden candles from a local gardening store.
- If you have teak furniture, you can have the hive removed and then clean the wood. Sometimes bees can be attracted to the wood oils used to polish teak furniture. Learn more about teak furniture care and maintenance.
- Replace/repair any soft wood with treated lumber/hardwoods or coat these wood surfaces with a sealing primer. Stains and varnishes aren’t as effective but they can help.
For serious cases, call a certified bee removal specialist to avoid serious injury.
Where Bees are Attracted
Bees like to build their nests in soft, unpainted wood. If you have any soft wood (cypress, redwood, cedar, and pine) in shaded areas, this may be one of the things that are attracting them to your patio. Here is a list of areas that bees are attracted to.
- Patio Ceilings, awnings, pergolas, and gazebos.
- Wood decks. You can learn how to refinish your wood deck here.
- Outdoor furniture. Find replacement furniture here: https://www.patioproductions.com/
- Fence posts, kids swing sets, and other wood structures.
- Bees are also known to nest under patio umbrellas and sometimes under paving stones.
How to Repel Bees from the Patio
For more information, you can read our previous post to learn how to safely remove bees.
More Information on Pest Removal:
- How to Get Rid of Whiteflies
- How to Get Rid of Termites
About the Author
Cheryl Khan is a writer, free-thinker, and design expert. You may have read some of her posts on other home improvement blogs. Although she is not allergic to bees, she is allergic to bees in patio furniture!