Last updated on September 21st, 2023 at 12:29 pm
Yes, bees are attracted to urine’s mineral and salt content because their floral diet lacks these two key ingredients. Soiled water or urine can be a nutritional supplement for bees providing well-needed vitamins.
This process is called Mud Puddling, relating to any insect that uses waste moisture to gain amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
While the above is the most likely reason bees are attracted to a source of urine, there are other reasons your pee might be attracting bees.
So why are bees attracted to urine?
Predominantly bees will ingest urine to supplement their daily diets.
Nectar is rich in carbohydrates and sugars but does not provide all the vitamins and minerals required for proper bee health.
Bees will actively seek out alternative sources for these minerals, and urine/pee is a fantastic solution (no pun intended).
As Mammals, our varying diets will ensure we receive all the required minerals and vitamins to live and grow.
Any excess nutrients will be transported through your body and ejected in the form of urine, creating a perfect opportunity for bees to take advantage of the surplus.
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Scent and aroma also attract bees to urine. Strong-smelling liquids have a signature of sorts that bees can use to communicate the location and viability of the water source.
This can take the form of urine, swimming pool water, water troughs, runoff, washing machine waste, and any other smelly water you can think of.
This communication takes the form of a set of movements called a ‘waggle dance’ that clearly tells other bees where to go and what to expect when they arrive.
Do bees being attracted to my urine mean I have diabetes?
No, there is a common misconception that if bees are attracted to your urine, you may be unaware you’re suffering from a type of diabetes.
While this can be the case, it’s far more likely bees are simply drinking your urine for its precious nutritional cargo rather than highlighting a more serious issue.
This also applies to your pet’s urine; if bees are consistently attracted to your dog or cat’s urine, chances are they’re probably recovering the salt and minerals within.
If this is a regular occurrence, it may be a cause for concern, but you should always seek advice from a medical professional before assuming the worst.
Places where bees might ingest urine?
Due to their heavy use, toilets in festival areas are often inundated with large amounts of bees.
Open farmyard areas often attract bees due to the large amounts of animal urine that can be found in small pools around livestock.
While not particularly pleasant, some bees will even use carrion (dead animals to gain a nutritional advantage).