Answered By: Connie Britton Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014 Views: 1470
As the summer progresses and the bees'' nest increases in size, there is an increased need for water for both cooling the nest and for feeding developing bees within the nest. Abundant rains showers and dew normally leaves puddles or standing water from which bees can collect, but streams, ponds, swimming pools and fountains are also common spots at which bees will collect water. As the summer progresses, water foragers grow to prefer dependable water sources, such as your fountain; whereas puddles tend to come and go. While these bees can readily sting, they probably won''t. Bees are primarily defensive at their nest; if a bee is crushed or accidentally drops down your shirt, she would give you a sting, but otherwise, you have no reason to think that significant numbers of aggressive bees will some day leave the fountain and attack. If the fountain is portable, probably intermittently stopping the fountain flow and covering the water in the basins would force the bees to look elsewhere for water, but then you don''t have your fountain. As the weather cools, and as rain showers come, the number of water foragers will decline. If you can tolerate the bees, they are simply doing a natural thing at your fountain and most likely will not give you a problem.