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Wendy from Las Vegas
In the heat of the summer, bees use water to cool down their hives. They deposit drops of water around their hives and fan the water with their wings. This causes the water to evaporate, raises the humidity inside their nest and cools things down. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. After all, a nest made out of waxy combs would melt quickly under in the summer heat.
I would suggest looking around your yard again to see if you can find the hive. If you can't find it, at least try to track which direction the bees are coming from. Then set up a small birdbath on that side of your yard, preferably as far from your pool as possible. Bees are not particularly fussy about where they collect their water from, so if you can offer them a new water source on their way to your pool, you should be able cut way down on their numbers, if not eliminate the problem entirely.
Bees prefer standing water, so if you have jets in your pool, you might also try adjusting them to create turbulence on the surface of the water. This should be enough to prevent most bees from landing and send them off looking for another source.
Try putting a big bowl of sugar water somewhere away from the pool and they will be attracted to that instead of the pool.
We do that to keep yellow jackets and bees from eating the grpes in our vineyard.
Plant brightly colored flowers somewhere else in your yard & they should be attracted to them. It's illegal where I live to harm bees, & with all the hive problems (1/3 hives in US gone in last few years) I hope you can fix this problem easily. There has got to be something around the pool that attracts them. Also, honey bees won't sting unless provoked.
ALL BEES are desperately needed now!
I know they are HEAVILY attracted to a hummingbird water feeder! ANYTHING SWEET! I've NEVER seen them attracted to a pool! Did you just shock it? The chlorine SHOULD repel them!
i just received an email that said yellow jackets don't like bounce, nor do mosquitoes.