BBC has reported on a foul smelling substance called skunk water
Police departments in the United States are reported to have bought a foul-smelling liquid developed in Israel to repel protesters. What is "skunk" and how is it used, asks Yolande Knell.
It is a truly putrid stench. Palestinians who have been sprayed describe it as "worse than raw sewage" and "like a mixture of excrement, noxious gas and a decomposing donkey".
Interesting stuff and it's effects.
However there is a off the shelf substance that has the same effect and available in the US.
It is called Bee Go. It is used by beekeepers as a bee repellent to remove bees from bee hives to harvest honey. It is applied to a pad on a beehive lid. Usually just a rag stapled to the inside of the lid. A bit is applied via a squeeze bottle and it lasts for hours in its intended purpose
For Humans though, that smell is noticeable for days.
As to health hazards, It is caustic. I was never stupid enough to get it on me. However I heard one report of a child spraying it on a cat. The cat was washed off with water, however all the cats hair fell out.
From product reviews:
|I bought two bottles of this by mistake. Used one once. I found the smell so disgusting that I took the board off of the hive early as there is no way that it wont impact the taste of your honey. A big mistake and now I have two bottles !!|
|Say NO to Bee-Go!|
|After using this stuff I mistakenly put the fume board in the back of my SUV for 5 minutes. I did wrap it in a plastic bag, but apparently I didnt seal it completely. Its been two weeks and the terrible odor has not completely left my vehicle. Ill never use this stuff again! It does work at moving the bees out of a super, especially if it is a 70 or higher degree day, but youd better store the fume board in an open pickup truck!!|
|- John Alexander, GA|
|Be careful not to spill this stuff on paint. I was driving back to the barn and my bottle spilled in my wagon. Just 5 mins of contact with paint stripped it to the metal.|
|- SHAWN HENRY, OH|
|Used it once... not again|
|This stuff works as advertised, but it is nasty. The odor is incredibly strong and very persistent. If the smell of sour milk vomit offends you, then pick another fumigant. I used this product once and took the remainder to household hazardous waste recycling. My opinion is this stuff is too powerful and too nearly toxic to use around food. Read about the main ingredient Butyric anhydride on-line and decide for yourself.|
|- MATT, NC|