I just bought some for cutouts and hive work - it works great and smells like a women's perfume......
Cut and past from Bee Quick website
What's In Bee-Quick?
That would be telling, wouldn't it? Colonel Saunders never listed his 11 secret herbs and spices, and we are not going to reveal our formula of oils and herbal extracts, either.
If anyone has any concern about Bee-Quick's ingredients, note that the bottling plant that we use bottles nothing else but food for human consumption. They cannot have any unsafe or non-food-grade materials to come anywhere near their shiny bottling equipment. The USDA inspects them on a regular basis, and they are not about to risk their multi-million-dollar business over a mere sideline like our product.
What About the EPA? Is Bee-Quick "Legal"? It sure is.
We aren't crazy, or nearly as stupid as we look, so we sought approval from the EPA, FDA, the USDA, and even the CIA. They told us that Bee-Quick was not a pesticide, which seemed obvious to us. They showed us The US Code, section 152.8, which says:
"A substance or article is not a pesticide, because it is not intended
for use against "pests''... ...if it is...
...(d) A product intended to force bees from hives for the collection of honey crops"
We asked them "but what if someone wants to insist that Bee-Quick MUST be a 'pesticide' of some sort?"
They smiled a condescending smile, and showed us another US Code section, Title 40, Part 180.1164, which
"...(d) Any edible food commodity... which is used as a pesticide is exempted from
the requirement of a tolerance when used in accordance with good agricultural
practices in or on all food commodities."