Does soap kill bees?

Answer

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, soap mixed with water is an effective repellent for exposed bee swarms, but it is not recommended for bee colonies that exist in tree stumps or underground nests. Soapy water works best when it is sprayed directly on bee swarms.

Liquid dish washing soap and warm water is the most effective mixture, but dry soaps can also be used. Garden pump spray bottles and spray wands help to release the swarm, allowing for effective termination of underlying bees. Soap is a safer alternative to chemical pesticides due to the fact that it does not contain chemicals that are dangerous to the compacted natural materials in beehives. Additionally, most soaps contain mild household ingredients that do not leave a thick residue, and they are less toxic to surrounding environments.

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