On my page about painting beehives, I include a number of suggestions for coatings beekeepers can use, which are safe for bees and will protect the outer wood.
However, beekeepers who have a tin of Creosote or Cuprinol kicking around in their garage or shed, may be thinking it would be a shame to see it go to waste, and wonder: is Cuprinol / Creosote something I can use to coat my beehive?
Sometimes the best resources in answering questions are the official resources actually stored with government agencies. These resources enable you to circumvent manufacturer marketing departments, and make up your own mind based on the factual information provided, all from the comfort of your armchair. You don't even have to go to the store to check labels.
EPA Government documentation states
It is surely relevant to consider the 'insecticide' properties, and it is worth remembering that termites along with bees, are superorganisms.
Both are, of course, insects.
Using the Cuprinol may save you the expense of purchasing additional paint, but anything used that might be detrimental to the health of your bees, would surely be a false economy.
As stated, there are bee-friendly, safe ways to paint, coat and protect your beehives, including mixtures made with bee products.
Again, from the EPA government website:
The above paragraphs should surely be sufficient to dissuade any conscientious beekeeper that using creosote to paint beehives is a bad idea.
I'll finish with a quote from beekeeper, *Phil Chandler:
He has a point, don't you think?
*Phil Chandler is the author of The Barefoot Beekeeper