The weather is heating up, and it’s time for you and your family to enjoy the yard. But, bees and other nuisances can make it difficult to enjoy yourself. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about your dog safe bee killer options, and examine some of the top products that can help you reclaim your yard today.
Choosing a Dog Safe Bee Killer
Before you go out and buy the first insect repellent you can find, there are a few things to consider, such as:
Usually, bees aren’t the only culprit that’s putting a damper on your outdoor fun. You may want to consider an insect killer or repellent that can treat against other insects as well. Beyond bees, you may want to treat against yellowjackets, wasps, flies, mosquitoes, and other insects.
Pets, People and Your Yard
There’s plenty of insecticides that do a great job of repelling or killing insects. But, many of them come with a range of unfortunately side effects to animals, people, and the environment. Even some dog safe insect repellents may have unintended consequences for your lawn and foliage.
Before buying any product for your home, be sure that it’s not going to have any unintended effects on your home and loved ones.
Many insect repellents are sold as a concentrated liquid that’s meant to be mixed with water or another liquid before being used. What may look like a tiny bottle may be enough insect killer to treat your entire yard multiple times. So, you’ll want to take a closer look at the label to see if you’re dealing with a concentrated solution or not.
Best Overall – Outlast NBS30
If you’re looking for a comprehensive solution that will repel bees and most other insects from your backyard, NBS30 from Outlast may be the perfect solution for you.
NBS30 is made from a proprietary blend of citronella, cedar, rosemary and lemon oil, eugenol and mineral oil. It’s designed to repel different types of bees, wasps, fleas, ticks, spiders, mites, and many other nuisance insects that may be affecting your ability to enjoy your yard.
Interestingly enough, this product is designed to be used with paints or stains. The idea is that you add NBS30 to your paint or stain, and it makes any surface that’s had NBS30 added to it inhabitable to most insects. Fortunately, it seems to work equally well when added to water and sprayed.
Most people add a bottle of NBS30 to five gallons of water and spray it around the yard, paying special attention to exterior surfaces like desks, chairs, and siding. Once sprayed, NBS30 goes to work repelling nuisance insects so you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors.
NBS30 is made from natural and plant-based ingredients, so you can feel good about using it in your yard. As you’d imagine, it’s also safe for use around children as well.
The one downside of this product is the price. A pint-size bottle of this insect repellent runs more than $40, and it provides a single treatment. While that single treatment effectively repels all sorts of bees and bugs, it’s certainly more expensive than some of the other options available.
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Best Value – Warmsheep Reusable Wasp and Bee Trap
Not only do these traps from Warmsheep represent the most humane way to deal with your bee problem, but they also offer great value, because you’ll be able to reuse them season after season.
The way these traps work is simple: Unscrew the bottom of the trap, add some sugar water to the bowl, screw the top back on, and you’re ready to go. You can either hang these traps from your trees or bushes or place them on a table or any other flat surface.
Keeping multiple traps on hand is an effective way to keep your entire yard free of bees and other flying insects like wasps, yellowjackets, and flies.
Since these traps don’t use any harmful chemicals or insecticides, they make a great pet-safe bee repellent. They’re also safe for use around children and food.
Throwing a party with a buffet? Place a trap on each side of the table and watch as bees and other insects flock to the trap, instead of your food.
On the downside, bees and other insects are free to bother you as they wish unless they fly into the trap.
So, many people use these traps in conjunction with a dog-safe bee killer so they can utilize the benefits of the trap while also having a short-term solution available to kill or repel any bees or insects that haven’t entered the traps.
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Best Budget – EcoSMART Organic Flying Insect Killer
If you’re looking for an effective solution to your flying insect problem, but aren’t prepared to break the bank on traps or expensive insecticides, this spray from EcoSMART maybe your best option.
EcoSMART has years of experience manufacturing different insect killers and repellents using only natural ingredients like essential oils. This particular blend does a number on flying insects like bees, wasps, and yellowjackets, and it does so at an affordable price.
The premise behind EcoSMART’s products is that plants have always had their own natural defenses in place to keep insects from harming them. EcoSMART has tried to harness those same defense mechanisms into a sprayable and dog safe bee killer.
Each can of EcoSMART can shoot a jet stream up to 18 feet, which makes it easy for you to spray insects while they’re a safe distance from you and your family.
But, the most effective way to use EcoSMART is to find where the bees, yellow jackets, or wasps are nesting, and spray the entire nest. Within a few minutes, all the insects that come in contact with the spray will be dead.
In addition to being pet and animal safe, EcoSMART has one of the more pleasant smells of any insect repellent we’ve ever tried. The nasty chemical odor typical with most insecticides is replaced with a light peppermint scent that’s far less offensive.
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Best for Home Use: Spectracide Carpenter Bee & Ground-Nesting Yellowjacket Killer Foaming Aerosol
This product is awesome when it comes to beehives or any other nests in your backyard. It’s super easy and really simple to use. just as the label says, spray it into a hive and see the magic happen! it kills insects on contact and because it turns into form when applied, you don’t have to be worried about harmful fumes in the air that might irritate your children or dogs.
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Non Lethal Options
RESCUE! Reusable Yellowjacket Trap with Non-Toxic Attractant
The product is super amazing for outdoors. This trap is not only effective but it certainly beautifies your yard too. The trap uses an all-natural attractant for the yellow jackets (a type of bees) which is specially formulated by the company that produces the trap.
The attractant goes on for at least 3 weeks and there are refills available. the build quality of this trap is top-notch. The trap should last you years before it has to be replaced.
Call it a downside or an upside but the trap only gets yellow jackets and not honey bees, the company deeps honey bees essential and does not want to kill them off without any reason.
So yes this trap is a sort of nonlethal option for people who care about the environment and do not have a “severe problem” per se! to top it all up this up, the product is made right here in the US of A!
RESCUE! WHY Trap for Wasps, Hornets, & Yellowjackets – Hanging Outdoor Trap
Yes, this is another RESCUE product and similar in nature but the cool thing about this trap is that it can catch more than just yellow jackets. The trap uses three attractants that cover over 18 species of insects, WOW! Again this trap is not full of chemicals, would not harm honey bees, and is completely natural.
The plastic material used is durable enough to last you for at least 4 years and the WHY trap is totally reusable too. One thing to note here is that the attractants last you only 2 weeks.
Bees and other insects can put a serious damper on your outdoor fun, and it can be difficult to find a treatment that’s safe for pets and kids. Each of the different products we’ve covered is safe and effective and can help keep your yard insect-free.
While each of these products is a strong choice for the best dog safe bee killer, NBS30 from Outlast is the top performer in our opinion.