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.Know More
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 are very important because they are the leading pollinators in the world. Humans depend on pollinators to help produce food crops. These pollinated crops contribute to one-third of the world’s food supply, according to Nature.com.Full Answer >
Borer or carpenter bees are large bees that create nests by tunneling into wood. They're usually solitary or live in simple societies formed around related females. They're important pollinators for open-faced flowers but are considered pests when they burrow into wooden structures.Full Answer >
Bees are identified based on size, behavior and appearance. For instance, bumble bees and carpenter bees run 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. Bumble bees are black and yellow. Male carpenter bees are black, and females are tan. This type of bee has little hair and is shiny.Full Answer >
Bees feed on pollen, honey and a sugary liquid called nectar. All larvae eat royal jelly, a super-nutritional substance that is produced by the hypopharyngeal gland of mature worker bees, and bee bread, which is a honey and pollen mix.Full Answer >