Have you seen cars covered in a sticky yellow substance? Welcome to the wonderful world of bees – and their poop. Yes, those little yellow spots, splatters and worm-like shapes are the result of a bee’s pollen-rich diet and the angle the semi-liquid poop ends up on your car.
The fact that bees consume some nectar along with the pollen explains the stickiness that makes those yellow spots difficult to remove. Here’s how to get rid of that pesky bee poop on cars.
The private life of bees
Beekeeping Insider explains that bees are neat around their hive. So they take “cleansing flights” to relieve themselves far away from where they live. That’s a good thing, because we’d be eating contaminated honey if they were doing their business in the hive! Unfortunately, your car may be along one of their flight paths when the local bees are looking for relief.
If you park near popular bee hangouts, such as flowering plants, shrubs, gardens, vineyards, orchards, meadows, pastures, or forests, you increase the chances of your car being bombed. This is especially true in the spring and summer when bees are mostly busy collecting pollen for the lean fall and winter months.
Bee droppings, or frass as it is known in beekeeping, should be removed as part of routine vehicle maintenance. Think of it as a smaller and more colorful version of the acid bird droppings that we know can damage the vehicle’s paint. According to Honey Bee Suite“biochemicals from the honeybee’s digestive tract can damage the surface of certain objects if not cleaned regularly.”
Remove bee droppings from your vehicle?
bee poop sticks So good that even high pressure washing with plain water will not remove it, as demonstrated in a series of experiments by Ryan Hendriks. You could spend hours scraping your fingernails and risk damaging your paint, but doing so can be annoying and slightly unsanitary.
The most efficient methods of removing bee droppings generally involve heat, moisture, and lots of patience. Warm soapy water, a car sponge and plenty of elbow grease will generally remove it. A hot compress made from a soft, clean cloth or sponge dipped in very warm distilled water and placed on stubborn spots will help dissolve them so they can be wiped off.
You can also try removing it early in the morning while it is still wet from the dew that softened it overnight. A non-toxic spray cleaner like EcoSmart, with a few clean microfiber cloths, is a good option. A more powerful car-safe cleaner like F-Bomb will generally remove the sticky stuff as a last resort.
Don’t try to erase it
Some YouTube commentators recommend a Mr. Use Clean Magic Eraser to remove bee poop on cars. They say it works great, but Family handyman warns that a Magic Eraser is abrasive enough to damage your car’s paint. In fact, the exterior of cars is number three on their list of 10 surfaces not to touch with one of these handy but remarkably abrasive sponges.
A safer solution is to protect the surface of your ride before the bees start flying. A great wash or a ceramic coating, such as Ceramic Pro, will protect your paint while making the bee droppings easier to remove.
You should wax your car regularly, while a ceramic coating may only need to be reapplied annually.
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