The best ways to clean bee poop from your car

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Have you seen cars covered in a sticky yellow substance? Welcome to the wonderful world of bees and their poo. Yes, those little yellow specks, splatters, and worm-like shapes are the result of a bee’s pollen-rich diet and the angle at which semi-liquid poop lands on your car.

The fact that bees consume nectar along with the pollen explains the stickiness that makes these yellow spots difficult to remove. Here’s how you can remove that annoying bee poop on cars.

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Beekeeping specialist explains that the bees are neatly arranged around their hive. So they take “cleanup flights” to relieve themselves far from home. That’s good because we would eat contaminated honey if they relieved themselves inside the hive! Unfortunately, your car may be along one of their flight paths when the local bees are looking for help.

Parking near popular bee hangouts like flowering plants, bushes, gardens, vineyards, orchards, pastures, meadows, or forests will increase the chances of your car being bombarded by bees. This is especially true in spring and summer, when bees are particularly busy collecting pollen during the lean months of fall and winter.

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Bee poop, or feces as it is known in the beekeeping world, should be removed as part of routine vehicle maintenance. Think of it as a smaller, more colorful version of the acidic bird droppings that we know can damage vehicle paint. According Bee Suite“Biochemicals from the digestive tract of bees can damage the surface of some objects if they are not cleaned regularly.”

How to remove bee poop from your vehicle

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bee poop sticks then although even pressure washing it with plain water will not remove it, as shown in a series of experiments by Ryan Hendricks. You could spend hours scraping it off with your fingernails and risk damaging your paintwork, but it can be tedious and somewhat unsanitary.

The most effective methods of removing bee droppings usually involve heat, humidity, and lots of patience. Hot soapy water, a car sponge, and lots of elbow grease will usually remove it. A warm compress made from a soft, clean cloth or sponge dipped in very hot distilled water and placed over stubborn stains will help dissolve them so they can be wiped away.

You can also try removing it early in the morning while it is still wet from the dew that has softened it overnight. A non-toxic spray cleaner like EcoSmart, along with a few clean microfiber towels, is a good option. A stronger car cleaner like F-Bomb will usually remove the sticky stuff as a last resort.

Don’t try to erase it

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Some YouTube commenters recommend using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove bee poop from 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, car exteriors are number three on their list of 10 surfaces you shouldn’t touch with one of these handy but remarkably abrasive sponges.

A safer solution is to protect the surface of your amusement ride before the bees start flying. A good wax job or ceramic coating, like Ceramic Pro, will protect your paintwork while making it easier to remove bee poop.

You will need to wax your car regularly, whereas a ceramic coating may only need to be reapplied once a year.

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