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Bee Repellent

Summary: One can never get enough of a good thing. When it comes to bee repellent products, my cup overrunneth. I would almost swear a new bee repellent hits the market everyday.  You can learn more about bee repellents and purchase them here


When the market demands a product, entrepreneurs come out of the woodwork. In the spring bees are on the move looking for nesting sites and moving bees means interaction with people. Funny how that works. What is even more ironic is that we all know the benefits of bees, but darned it we want them around us.

Our parents must have warned us when we were very young that bees sting and the sting hurts for a long time. I've always told my wife, as she


frantically exits our golf cart (while it is moving), “Don't be afraid of the bee. It is only curious and it won't harm you.” Does absolutely no good. She wants that bee dead and gone and I refuse to help in the demise of a bee. This makes my wife furious with me. “What good is being married to an exterminator who won't exterminate?” My wife has created a dilemma. “It's me or the bee!”, she threatens.

So, in order to save my marriage, I have scouted out the latest and greatest products for the bee-wary public. Buyer beware! The claims made by the manufacturers are wide and wild including guarantees, promises and other unlikely statements. Ask the Exterminator does not endorse any of these products. If a product does not do what it promises, don't blame me. I'm just the messenger. Write a comment at the bottom of this page to vent your complaint. So, here goes nothing:

  • Bee Ready Safety Spray from Giddyap Girls. The ad reads: Don't be bothered with stinging and biting social insects! This patented Bee Ready Safety Spray creates a non-toxic virtual barrier around you and your horse, deterring bees and other social stinging insects - wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, mosquitoes, flies and gnats too! Safe on you - safe on your horse. It works naturally, pesticide & insecticide-free, NO deet, environmentally friendly.
  • The Bee Ready Safety Spray is amazing. This product from Giddyap Girls is awesome for any sportsman or sportswoman that enjoys the outdoors! Safe and Effective for the Horse, Rider, and Hound!

Not only did the ad end up including protection for you, but it threw in overall protection for your horse and faithful dog, too.

If you are into sharp-shootin', you might consider carrying this product in a holster.

  • Bee Bopper II bee and wasp spray repellent will knock out bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets cold. The blast from the can will spray 10 feet or more. It is a fast, safe way to eliminate wasps and bees. Dielectric strength is 26,500 volts.

I had to look up “dielectric strength” because I've never heard of it before. This is what I found.

  • The theoretical dielectric strength of a material is an intrinsic property of the bulk material and is dependent on the configuration of the material or the electrodes with which the field is applied. At breakdown, the electric field frees bound electrons. If the applied electric field is sufficiently high, free electrons may become accelerated to velocities that can liberate additional electrons during collisions with neutral atoms or molecules in a process called avalanche breakdown.

That really cleared things up for me.

Here's still another.

  • Let us introduce you to Bee-Tour™, our "new" bee and fly repellent is natural, biodegradable, and environmentally safe.  It has a pleasant odor and while extremely effective for bees and flies, performs well for many other flying insects.  Unlike some widely used products, it retains its potency for weeks when used as directed.
  • beerepellentcow.jpg
    The famous "t-sack" on a cow's ear

    Bee-Tour™ is presently packaged in a sturdy t-sack for ease of application.  The fragrance of the active ingredient(s) exudes from the package, permeates the immediate environment, and provides an invisible odor barrier which is amazingly effective.

It is “presently package” in a t-sack. I guess they are thinking about packaging it in a “g-sack” or maybe an “m-sack”, too.

Let's not forget the home remedies like peppermint oil, lemongrass and citronella. In fact, here's a product that uses all three.

  • An independent lab test of Skedattle vs. a product containing 100 percent Deet, Skedattle proved more effective. According to the lab results, unprotected subjects received an average of 16 bites per hour. Subjects using products containing Deet received an average of 2.78 bites per hour, while the Skedattle test subjects received less than one bite per hour. The test, conducted by BassFan Lab, involved three successive test periods over 72 hours.

Note: Beekeepers will tell you lemongrass essential oil is used to attract bee swarms. Raises some serious questions about Skedattle, doesn't it?

Bites per hour. That's a new one for me. Next time I purchase an insect repellent I'm going to ask the store manager, “What's the BPH for Raid?” I'm sure he'll know what I am talking about. And what or who is the BassFan Lab? It is obviously someplace that bass fishermen know and trust.


Everyone's heard of this next one.

  • Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellent. Safe and effective. 100% Natural Bans the creeping, crawling, winging, stinging, sucking, bugging, biting beasties. Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellent is safe enough to apply with confidence to children and pets. Don't forget hairline, sock tops, collars and wrists.

Here's one that softens your skin as it fights off marauding bees.

  • Unlike other insect repellents, Buzz-Off now called Eco-Blends is safe for the earth because it's derived from herbs and plants. Eco-Blend's Buzz-Off has a refreshing aroma and nourishes, protects and softens your skin.

You can spend hours researching this stuff and you can spend a pocketful of money buying them to overcome your fears. Perhaps one good session with a hypnotist can be the best help. I'm trying to convince my wife to find a good psychiatrist to settle her fears. It might be less expensive than ordering all these aforementioned products.

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patrick e page
08 Mar 2010, 16:11
How to keep bees off deck and gazebo
Al in AZ
15 Mar 2010, 11:47
We are having bee problems around dumpsters that are located behind stores. I have tried everything that was mentioned on this page and nothing works to keep the bees away. The only thing I have not tried is "Cherry Stones". Has anyone tried this? I do not want to kill the bees, I just want to get something that will repell them. I have tried moth balls, bee tour, powers and the list goes on. If there is anything that will work please let me know.
Ron Southwick
15 Mar 2010, 16:09
I want to keep the bees away from our hummingbird feeders without harming or chasing a way the hummingbirds. Is there a way? Please email me if you have anything that works.
18 Mar 2010, 19:19
29 Mar 2010, 01:38
I've used Bee Tour for the past 5 years and it actually works like it says. i had one on my patio and each day i was cleaning up dead wasps and the 'big scary' bees. :-) i know have on my front porch and i can enjoy sitting out there during the spring and summer.
07 Jul 2010, 09:29
If you were cleaning up dead wasps and bees, then this bee "repellent" was not working like it says. It says it's supposed to repel bees, not kill them!
Kirk in Palm Springs
08 Jul 2010, 00:41
Harmless bee stings.We have the africanized bees in my area. I was attacked at work and received hundreds of stings. With the africanized bees one stings you and the whole hive attacks. They have killed people in the area. I heard a firefighter refer to them as "bum killers" because they attack homeless people in parks.They are super aggresive. and you can not tell the difference. Be carefull if you live in the southwest.
Nancy in Dallas, Texas
13 Oct 2010, 22:17
I don't know if it works on bees, but it definitely does wasps: 1 tablespoon liquid Ivory soap + 3 tablespoons Neem oil + 1 gallon warm water in a pump sprayer. Spray your house, trees, shrubs, etc. It lasts about 2-3 weeks & keeps the wasps away. We had a terrible summer with them last year until I did this - suddenly they avoided our house like the plague!
Jay in maryland
03 May 2011, 16:57
has anyone else used the bee tour stuff does it actually work i am allergic to bees and as important as a job they do i can't play in the yard with my kids or in the front without a whole bunch of bees outside i really don't have a soft spot for them and in all honesty rather see them dead then stab myself in the chest with my handy epi pen.
23 Jun 2011, 00:56
To Jay above me, just had to comment if you stab yourself in the chest with your epi pen it will hit the bone and do nothing. You have to stab it into your leg muscle. I hope you were just kidding lol, would hate to see someone die because they stabbed them self in the chest with one!
12 Jan 2012, 00:03
I've had bees 'hanging around' my outdoor spa for a few weeks now. I got some Cutter brand Lemon Eucalyptus - DEET Free (4 ounce plastic spray bottle)(at Walmart?)
Got home, gave several shots of spray to the areas that the bees were 'hanging around.' After 10 minutes they were gone. Will probably need to respray tomorrow morning until the bees get the message. I don't want to kill them, just evict them.
Rachel TX
01 Apr 2012, 08:51
Just want to stress: DO NOT STAB CHEST WITH EPI PEN. ... *DO "stab" OUTER THIGH, and keep needle injected for 30 SECONDS.*

God bless!
01 Apr 2012, 15:58
Fun article and comments. We've had several active hives around our house for years, raising our kids to adulthood, and no one ever -- ever -- got stung. Oh, except one gardener who tried to shoo them away with his hat and got stung on the head. You'd think a gardener would know. I guess if you have a serious allergy to bees, they can be scary, but even if you are they really do not want to sting you.

And yeah, don't stab yourself in the chest with that epi-pen.
20 Apr 2012, 15:18
Thoroughly enjoyed your comments, very comical. Your wife sounds like my clone. I am terrified of bees, even though I can only remember being stung once many years ago, when I stepped on one in the grass when I USED to walk barefooted on the lawn. If a bee buzzes around me when I'm outside, I'm in the house in a flash. I'm afraid to swat at them, because I've seen people get stung doing that. However, if I'm in my pool, I feel safer because I can splash water at them to chase them away. I will try anything to keep them from away from my deck, and got a few ideas from peoples comments on your website.
11 May 2012, 15:23
I put an owl box up (to attract owls of course) and now have bee problems (only started about a week ago). I need to figure out way to get rid of the bees before they make a honeycomb then repel the bees for the future.
Any thoughts??
Ask the Exterminator
16 May 2012, 09:45
You'll have to do a bit of disassembly work, but remove the roof of the owl box and coat the inside walls with a bar of soap. This makes make it hard for wasps or bees to affix their hive within the birdhouse.
22 May 2012, 08:33
Your wife's reaction is exactly what mine would be. If anyone knows of something that truly works to evict or kill (I dont care which) I would be in heaven. I am highly allergic and contrary to popular belief that bees will leave you alone if you leave them alone, THAT is not the case with everyone. I have had bees leave candy dishes and come at me at the far end of a long table. Everyone in the family jokes that me showing up at events attracts the bees. Of course this means I spend most of the time inside instead of enjoying the outdoors. I make sure that when I will be spending the time outside to not wear anything that is perfumed from deodorant to lotions to even my makeup. It has little change on the eventual outcome of the bees finding me :( And yes I know how to use my epi-pen :)
21 Mar 2013, 09:19
This is a comment for Leslie. I have a friend that told me recently she couldn't figure out why bees are SO attracted to her. Until she went to the doctor and found out she is diabetic. The sugar in her blood was high and every bee within a mile radius could smell it! So, they kept stinging her. May wanna get it checked out if they like you that much.
08 Jun 2013, 11:27
In Arizona, another death of a local hiker from bee stings - Rick I hope you're testing the products you laughed at and can now tell us which ones actually work. You don't need to have a bee allergy to succumb to africanized bee stings.
Meanwhile, check out - a man with an actual solution.
Ilene in Tacoma
11 Aug 2013, 14:19
At Patti above... the link you provide is cool and I loved that they had the Texas A&M test info! I need bee protection while riding my horse in the back country, thinking an 8-9 gallon tank with a sprayer isn't gonna be feasible. :(

It's bad when you're riding along and hit a dang ground hive and they swarm up under your poor horses sensitive underside. That and the nasty horse flies... hang on, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!!
11 Aug 2013, 15:37
Ilene in Tacoma - several riders in my area (Tucson) got together and ordered two cases of the aerosol spray cans. A can in the saddlebag, a can for the trailer, one for the barn and (if you use a tractor on your property) keeping a can stashed within reach.
The BeeAlert isn't a "preventive" like fly spray - it's for "rescue" in case of an Africanized bee attack - and it appears to work.
12 Aug 2013, 18:16
I work on billboards, and every summer certain signs get infested with bee,or wasps! Is there something I can spray on them to keep them away annually???
17 Mar 2014, 13:49
As a beekeeper, I can tell you lemongrass essential oil is used to attract bee swarms.
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