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Color Tips for Avoiding Bees and Wasps

Recently we came across an interesting topic on Quora: Are there certain colors you can wear to make bees and wasps ignore you? The answers, from people with a variety of expertise on the matter, included some really great tips and we wanted to share the love.

First things first, you should know that bees are attracted to smells more than they are to colors. If you're going to be outdoors with a potential for bees and wasps, it's a good idea to avoid the following:

- perfume
- scented soaps and lotions
- scented laundry detergents

Speaking of laundry detergent, another thing to watch for is detergents that contain UV brighteners. If this is in your detergent, there's a good chance that bees can pick up on it, regardless of what colors you're wearing.

Colors to avoid? Bold, darker colors like red and black resemble natural predators and are likely to cause our little flying friends to become more aggressive towards you. And if you do get caught in a face-off, they're probably going to go for high contrast areas like collars and cuffs. Those are the areas that resemble weak spots like the eyes and nose of predators.

Instead you want to try and stick with solid white (beekeeper suits are white for a reason) or lighter colors that have a smooth texture. What difference does texture make, you ask? Well, in addition to dark colors, corduroy and other fuzzy clothes also resemble the fur of predators like skunks and badgers, and they'll attract bees just the same.

If you've noticed a trend, it's that, contrary to popular belief, bees and wasps aren't necessarily attracted to colors that resemble flowers so much as they are aggressive towards colors and textures that resemble their predators. Basically, if you plan on encountering any of these amazing yet stingy creatures, dress on the lighter...smoother side. Bold colors and textures will only attract the wrong kind of buzz.

Header image: bea the bee by gibbygirl

Tags: Nature News
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