I often get asked, “Can I use wasp spray on honey bee?” by homeowners and gardeners hoping to save money by DIY pest control. In addition to the obvious reason as why this is a bad idea below are a few more.
- It is rarely effective. 50% of the attempts at using the wasp spray the person applying it end up being stung. This is because as it kills the bees, the bees release a pheromone that causes the bees that are alive to attack. To solve the situation a pest control company or bee removal company will need to come in to solve the problem.
- The most dangerous expensive and difficult bee removal is after wasp spray has been used. Once you start killing bees, they get much more aggressive.
- It is illegal on the can it states (It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.) Can lead to state and EPA fines. It also can lead to civil liability if someone becomes stung such as a neighbor.
- It is designed for small nests of wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets with hundreds of bugs. Beehives are often 5,000 plus bees.
- Wasps and hornets normally live in exposed nests that can be coated with the poison. Honeybees normally dwell in an in accessible cavity. The exception is temporary swarms, which are very gentle.
- When the wasp spray does work it works very slowly taking days or weeks very slowly taking days or weeks and the honey and wax is left in the wall to attract bees in the future.
Save time, money and the bees by calling Super Bee Rescue first.