Discourage bees from swarming your summer spread. Use bee biology to reduce your risk of getting stung.
To a bee, a flower is a source of food, namely, pollen and nectar. Try to select flowers that don't attract bees. For bees, the flowers that produce the best food are bright blue, yellow and white. Bright orange and purple flowers are also attractive. In general, the least attractive color is red. Good flower choices to keep your garden bee-free are carnation, chrysanthemum, daisy, red dianthus, geranium, marigold, rose, strawflower and zinnia.
If you find a hive in your home or yard, call an exterminator who is experienced in removing hives. Do not attempt to remove the hive on your own. Generally, bee-specialized exterminators will have the proper equipment, which includes face netting, and will spray the inside of the hive with pesticide and remove it.
Be sure that no fragments of the hive remain, particularly at the site where it was attached, and wash the attachment site with detergent if possible. For many hive-building insects, an old attachment site is prime real estate for a new nest.
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