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  1. #1
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    Just so you don't think that Europeans are the only ones to do this, here is a reference to the people of India also doing this: http://mandasofpune5.homestead.com/H...eekeeping.html

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    Howdy Michael --

    We know that bees are very sensitive, so I
    don't discount the banging on a pan or ringing a cowbell to settle a swarm.

    A couple of days ago I was working through
    some hives with no veil and little or no smoke. No problem, no stings. Very docile,
    but just as I opened one hive a coal train
    (hauling coal from "up nawth" down to Houston) blew its extremely loud whistle.
    The bees came pouring out and laid the blame
    on me. Stung my body.

    Doc

    Doc

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    Big Grin

    I've heard it work's(banging a pot).
    I did it one time when I saw a swarm.
    one of the bees stuck her tongue out at me as they was flying over the tree top.>>>>MARK

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    I guess since people from Europe to India have always beleived it worked, there must be something to it. My guess is the pitch and volume of the sound probably are related to it's effectiveness. I think using a piece of tin roof to make a thunder kind of a rumble would be more likely to work than a clanging pot.

    I just find it interesting that this is dismissed in almost all bee books as a myth. It seems odd that someone in India would invent the same myth.

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    Thought it was a myth for many years. I tried finally yet grudgingly .........it worked. Go figure! Coincidence.........maybe.

    Clay

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    Maybe you've heard of drumming. It is supposed to have a calming effect on bees and gets them to move upwards. Maybe pan banging also has a calming effect and gets them to settle close by. Just a thought.

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    >Maybe you've heard of drumming. It is supposed to have a calming effect on bees and gets them to move upwards.

    I've drummed them many times. Can't say it was calming, but it didn't upset them and it did get them to move up.

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    Wink

    No way will my wife go for buying drums for something like that.
    First off ; I would have to be there at just the right time.
    What I want is a sound that wll make them go back into the hive the come from!!!!
    If the train whistle makes them mad, do you suppose there is a sound that will calm them down???

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    Drumming is done on the side of the hive and isn't useful for swarms, but makes the bees move up. I suppose a good low pitched drum might help settle a swarm though.

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    Hi Michael and Everyone,

    My grandparents in Missouri did it and swore it worked.

    As a child, I thought they were a little simple minded for believing this and I was somewhat embarrassed by it, but I'm getting a little wiser 50+ years later.

    Yet, I'm not as brave as Clay :> )

    Regards
    Dennis

    [This message has been edited by BWrangler (edited August 26, 2003).]

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