How To Get Rid of Bees In A Bird Bath?

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Are you worried about watching bees or wasps take control of your birdbath? Then, the article will provide some tips which will help you to get rid of bees from your birdbath.

Why Are Bees In My Bird Bath?

Like other animals or insects, bees also need water to survive, and bees use water for cooling and regulating their bodies’ temperatures. But on the hot summer days, bees do not find plenty of water source options which leads them to arrive in your bird bath, pools, or ponds. 

You may now ask why they attract more to bird baths than any other water source. Here are the main reasons:

  1. Warmth: Bees like warm water. Most of the time, you use a solar pump to warm the birdbath water, which makes it ideal for birds and attracts bees more than any water source.
  2. Reliability: Sometimes, bees find birdbath water is more reliable than other water sources, leading them to your birdbaths.
  3. Easy Accessibility: Bees like to get water without falling into it. As the birdbath has such facilities to sit beside and take water, that attracts them more.
  4. Smell: Also, bees attract water sources that have some odor on them.

How To Get Rid Of Bees In A Bird Bath?

Here are a few steps to keep bees away from the bird bath.

Stop Refilling The Bird Bath: 

Yes, I know it sounds weird. But it works in the most straightforward ways. When bees find a water source, they treat it as their territory. So, If you remove the birdbath for a few days, they will search for a new water source and leave your area when they find their primary water source.

Provide Separate BirdBath: 

Another easy way to keep them away from your birdbath is to provide a separate water source that includes the above facilities mentioned in the previous section. And don’t forget to stop supplying water in the birdbath.

In the next section, I will provide you with an in-depth guide on how you can make a bee bath.

Provide Sugar Water 

If you have a hummingbird feeder, then what creates obstacles for hummingbirds? Yes, the bees or wasps. They like to sip sweetwater. For this, you can take a plate or anything that can store water. Then, fill it with sugar water or nectar, place it a few feet away from your birdbath, and see the magic.

Keep Moving Water

Bees do not like to take water from moving sources. Here are some easy ways you can keep moving bird bath water which helps to keep bees away.

  • Use a solar fountain.
  • Use drip to move water.
  • Use wiggler.

How to make a bee birdbath?

Equipment you should use:

  • A small saucer or shallow dish with ceramic (don’t use a metal dish)
  • Some pebbles

Step 1: First, you need to put the pebbles in the saucer. Fill the saucer with shallow water. Plus, some pebbles should be above the water, and it will provide bees extra safety as they cannot swim.

Step 2:  The bee bath is ready for use. For better results, you can place the bath in a shady place.

If you want to get a dedicated bee bath for your yard, then you can look out at the Navaris Bee Watering Station.

Related: 5 Best bird baths for hummingbirds

Final Words

If you can provide a separate water station for bees, you can easily deter them to your birdbath. I hope the above guide will help you in this regard.

A freelance designer, writer, and content marketer who also loves to spend her leisure watching wild birds and improving her garden and balconies making safe heaven for birds.

2 thoughts on “How To Get Rid of Bees In A Bird Bath?”

  1. It is so hot out right now and the birds really need their water so I hate to empty the bird bath. Will the bees really just leave the bath alone and go to a little dish of plain water with pebbles? Seems hard to believe

    • The idea is to provide a separate water source for bees and stop refilling the bird birth for a couple of days. As soon as bees find another source they will keep going for that one. After that, you can start providing water for the primary bird bath.


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