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  1. #1
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    May 2003
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    Belmont, NC, USA
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    Greetings all fellow beekeepers out there. I have a few questions regarding the use of liquid smoke in haulting the robbing process. I was wondering what the difference was between regular liquid smoke found in the grocery store and liquid BEE smoke marketed by retailers. Also, the book where i found this possible solution states just to spray the entrance and the robbing will hault instantly, well, how much am I supposed to spray? Finally it says to dilute the concentrate, would I also need to dilute the standard liquid smoke if I decided to go that route and to what degree? Thanks for taking the time to read!!!

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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    >I have a few questions regarding the use of liquid smoke in haulting the robbing process.

    I have not heard that it would work against robbing. Was this in an ad? It's an interesting concept.

    >I was wondering what the difference was between regular liquid smoke found in the grocery store and liquid BEE smoke marketed by retailers.

    Not much I don't think, but the stuff you buy for bees come with instructions on how much to dilute it.

    >Also, the book where i found this possible solution states just to spray the entrance and the robbing will hault instantly, well, how much am I supposed to spray?

    I've never heard of it working on robbing. I always figured if the hive smelled too much like smoke the bees would get desensitized to the smell and it wouldn't work anymore. I have used the liquid smoke instead of smoke for calming a hive, but wasn't that impressed. If I was to try it I wouldn't spray much because it's very strong stuff. The only really nice thing about liquid smoke for me is when the smoker has gone out and I want some smoke NOW.

    >Finally it says to dilute the concentrate, would I also need to dilute the standard liquid smoke if I decided to go that route and to what degree?

    I would guess that it's all similar concentration and would dilute the stuff from the grocery store the same as the other. I doubt that the exact dilution matters much anyway. It's mostly a matter of making it less strong. If you really watered it down a lot you could use more of it for calming and the water has a tendancy to calm them a bit also. For stopping robbing I'm assuming they are just using it for a cover smell so the honey smell isn't obvious.

    I am curious if anyone has used it to prevent robbing and how well it worked.

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