For a few days now we have been inundated with wasps and bees around the breakfast tables. It has been a problem more for the tourists than anything as these pesky things were smelling the sweet honey that we serve at breakfast.
We tried putting a couple of plates away from the tables with honey on them so that the bees and wasps would stay away from the guests.This did work to some extent but not really a solution for the guests who were afraid of the tiny things.
Some would wave their arms around like crazy and others would run away only to aggitate the insects more . This did not make for a pleasant experience for them especially if they were alergic, which some people are.
Trying to calm down the people with an explanation of why the insects are looking for food did not always work.
You see, we have not had rain for a couple of months and consequently that means no rain , no flowers.So the bees and wasps are hungry and have to search for food elswhere.If the beekeepers dont take care of their hives by giving sugar and water to the bees,( and there are hundreds of hives in this area) again they leave the hives in search of food.
But again thanks to one of my guests from France ,Catarina, who give me a tip that she uses in her garden. So I went to work. The idea is to cut up a plastic bottle and turn the neck part upside down and place into the cut off bottle. Put in some sugar or honey ( honey smells better and attracts the bees and wasps faster) they dive in but cannot always get out….. yes, I know, I hate to do this but to save listening to complaints from guests this is the only thing I could do.
It does work and it keeps the guests much happier and able to eat their breakfast without the annoyance of MOTHER NATURE who really is only doing her work!