Bee repelling products can increase your risk of bee bites by up to 50%, according to research from Purdue University.
In the study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers analyzed data from more than 2,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 80, all of whom were taking anti-bacterial and anti-viral medications, or beekeeping products.
The study also looked at people who had beekeepers’ identification tags on their hair, clothing, face and hands.
After the researchers compared their data with their own and those of other researchers, they found that people who used a lot of these products reported more bee bites than people who didn’t.
They also found that those who used the most products reported an average of four bee bites a year, which was nearly four times the number of bites that people used every year.
“People who use the most anti-bee products have the highest rate of bee attacks, but the data we’re using shows that the products are not the cause of the higher rate,” Dr. Sarah Buehner, a Purdue University professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases, said in a news release.
Bees are vulnerable to several diseases.
They can carry a virus called Nosema that is highly contagious and can cause severe damage to your body and to your lungs.
Beekeepers also can transmit the deadly virus to their bees.
The disease can also cause damage to the bees’ lungs, which is where they feed their eggs.