During these hot summer days, the temperatures inside bee hives can get very hot, threatening the health of the colony's brood (eggs,larvae & pupae). To cool down the hive, bees seek out water, collect it, take it back to the colony, & use it like a swamp cooler, (evaporative cooler). They will fan their wings, creating airflow, distributing the water vapor, which whisks heat away from the colony. Pretty cool, eh?
Honey Bees are like mini AWACS planes, outfitted with olfactory sensors. We find that they like water that is dirty or smelly, presumably so they can find the water on return trips. It makes little difference whether the water is very close or not. Once they find a suitable source, they will exploit it fully, meaning you could have 10's of thousands of honey bees utilizing your pool. We've had customers suffer dozens of stings trying various methods found on the internet.
Repellents don't work once bees have found the pool. Adding additional chlorine or salt won't work either.
If the bees are coming from a local beekeeper, talk to him or her and make sure that water is being offered at the apiary.
The only method we know that works is to cover the pool, physically barring the bees from acessing the pool. Leave it covered for a few days until they have found another source, which they will exploit completely.
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Richard Martyniak, Entomologist