Butlers Safe & Friendly insect spray isn’t as eco-friendly – or even safe – as it claims.

On the back the label states “This product is toxic to bees”. It also warns you to wear ankle-to-wrist protective clothing and to avoid inhaling the mist during spraying or letting the product make contact with your skin.

Tui Products is the distributor named on the label, but it told us it no longer supplies Butlers Safe & Friendly. So if you’ve bought this product because of its friendly name, make sure you read the instructions before using it. Spray only in the late evening when bees have returned to the hive and don’t use it on any plant that’s in flower.