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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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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.
22 May 2014, 10:41
@ Gwen: concerning bee bushes - if you have a lawyer, i'd see what he can do about it. Technically it's his property so he can plant whatever he wants, unfortunately, but since he's been informed of your bee allergy and he deliberately planted bushes that attract bees - not to mention planted more of the bushes after you child was attacked - a lawyer might be able to do something about that. It's sort of like putting sugar in a diabetic's glass of water. If you can prove intent or something, you'd probably have a case against him.

in the meantime, you might want to try planting citronella bushes on the other side of the property line. There are plants you can counter with on your own property.
29 May 2014, 09:35
@stebe - I don't know about a repellant, but the same thing happens with pole lights, and in that case Bee Bopper is highly effective.

@Gwen - I don't know about anyone else, but I think you need a herbicide, not an insecticide. After a quick search, I found that hexazinone and tebuthiuron are both effective herbicides for killing bee bushes. A night-time application would be recommended for your particular circumstance.
T Sykes
08 Jun 2014, 13:18
Bought and hung 6 bags of BeeTour under my eves and under the railing of my deck where carpenters bees feast every sprint. It did absolutely nothing. In fact, I think I have more bees this spring than ever. Had such high hopes for this product based on their YouTube video testimonials.
01 Jul 2014, 23:07
I am looking for as product that will keep bees, wasps, etc away from my house and yard but also keep away mosquitos and beetles. I live in long island new york and I am use to bugs but this is horrible. I forgot to mention I am highly allergic to bees and get eaten alive by mosquitos. PLEASE HELP!!! I dont know what else to do Thank you in advance
R Lee
25 Aug 2014, 12:59
I bought 6 bags of Bee-Tour last week and found it absolutely useless. Wasps were flying around the bags and I got mosquito bites as usual. Do not recommend people buying this product at all.
Tom B
09 May 2015, 12:02
Well, just to be contrarian, I bought 6 bags of Bee-Tour and they worked. I had wasps and wood bees round my deck and in 2-3 days they were gone. That has been a few weeks and the wood bees are back. I am going to hang the remaining bags and watch.
14 Jul 2015, 23:55
I hear dryer sheets work.
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