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I saw a faux "beehive" in a gardening catalog that is used to trick bees into thinking there is already a bee colony/hive in a certain area. Bees are territorial and won't nest where another hive is. You can use this under a porch roof, in a shed, or playhouse, etc. Anywhere bees would nest that you don't want them.
So, being cheap, I mean thrifty, I made my own for almost nothing and it worked! Take a gallon plastic milk jug and poke two holes in the bottom about two inches apart for a wire clothes hanger to hang it. I used newspaper strips to make paper-mache with cornstarch and water. I took the milk jug and sort of squished it to make it more of a hive shape, more oval-y. I cut the handle off. Take a wire hanger and open it up straight. Make a "u" shape on one end to thread through the two holes on the the bottom of the jug.
When dry, paint it with cheapo craft paint in tan and a darker brown color. Swirl the paint around making it just random shades of light and dark brown. Let that dry and then hang up where you want it.
I hung mine under a patio roof and I have had no bees so far since spring started. We did have a small bees nest that was started very small. My husband got rid of it before we hung this up and I have had NO bees nests since. I see a bee every now and then snooping around but they do not nest. I don't know why it works. They say the bees think it's another colony's hive and they stay away. Mine has worked and saved me the $25 the one I saw in a catalog cost. It doesn't look as nice, mind you, but it works and it was thrifty.
By Janine from Reading, PA