Green Paint for the BeehivesMarch 12, 2009
Gotta paint the beehives.
The beehives are wood and out in the weather and not cheap so they need a coat of paint. But I certainly don’t want to expose the bees to more toxins than necessary. I hit the web in search of eco-friendly paint.
The major problem with paint is the VOC (volatile organic compounds). VOC used in paint can include formaldehyde , cleaning chemicals, and pesticides. I certainly do not want pesticides anywhere near the bees. Eco-friendly exterior paint options are pretty limited though. At the box stores it looks as if the best you’ll do is some low-VOC paints – which may be just what you need, especially for exterior paint jobs where ventilation is not going to be an issue, but I don’t want even low levels of pesticides near the bees.
Since I want as few nasty chemicals as possible my choices were down to just a few. I went with DuraSoy One but AFM Safecoat looked like another decent option. Sometimes you just have to flip a coin. Frankly, in this case it came down to price. My choice was a tad cheaper per gallon, I had purchased from the company before (a no-VOC masonry sealer for the bricks in the kitchen) and I didn’t have to pay sales tax. I’m not sure the latter is a good justification for a purchase, but there you have it.
With any luck, by the time the weather warms up the paint will be here and I can undertake my first beekeeping task.