Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is the best way to use Bee Defense?

    If you are attacked by swarming bees remove the safety cap from your Bee Defense device to expose the activator ring. Pull the ring sharply. As the smoke begins, hold the device at waist height, about 6 inches in front of you and slowly walk into the smoke plum while heading away from the threat.

     

    How long does one Bee Defense last?

    A Bee Defense device emits smoke for approximately 90 seconds. In most cases that is sufficient time to disperse the threat and get to safety.

     

    Does Bee Defense kill the bees?

    No, the smoke does not harm the bees it temporally blocks their sense of smell and masks the presence of the alarm pheromone they use to communicate. It does not have long-term side effects on the bees’ health. Their pheromone sensitivity returns in approximately 10 to 15 minutes after their out of the smoke area.

     

    Is Bee Defense only for Africanized Bees?

    Bee Defense is affective against many types of swarming insects that could cause you harm. It has also been shown that the effect of a billowing cloud of smoke may even deter some aggressive animals.

     

    Is the smoke produced by Bee Defense OK for you to breathe?

    Even though great effort is taken to produce the safest smoke possible, care should be taken to not breathe in any more than necessary. People with heart or lung conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and congestive heart failure should refrain from use of any smoke emitting device.

     

    Can a Bee Defense device start a fire?

    Typically, the smoke emitting from the device is not hot enough to ignite a fire. But, in dry arid areas, caution should be used not to place the device directly in contact with any tender dry vegetation or other flammable items.

     

    Can I use regular smoke bombs against aggrieve bees?

    It is not recommended. Most smoke bombs/grenades on the market have un-safe fumes and burn too hot to be used as personal defense.