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  1. #1
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    Default Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    I have been smelling sour smell for 4 weeks now and as a 2nd year BK am worried it is AFB. I'm in a close, residential spot, so I smell the hive daily. Goldenrod has been in bloom for 4-6 weeks (IL), so maybe the hive is o.k. and this smell is "normal". (the attached comments were from another thread, but it makes me hopeful.)

    If you have AFB you should smell something on the order of dirty, sour, wet, socks along with your visual inspection.

    No, if you smell that you are just smelling the bees ripening goldenrod nectar. AFB smells like rotting meat.

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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    Most likely goldenrod. foulbrood does smell like death.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    I think it's the goldenrod, I had the same situation last year at this time. and my bees are fine, and it had the smell of dirty wet socks.
    Last edited by Barry; 10-01-2010 at 07:21 AM.

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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    I'll vote for goldenrod, but I have to ask, if you have been worried that you may have foulbrood for the last 4 weeks, why haven't you opened your hive to check? If there ever is a time a hive needs immediate, drop everything and stop wondering and do it now attention, it is when there is even a hint of foulbrood.

    Wayne

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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    Its the goldenrod.My whole yard smells like a locker room this week.I'm glad that smell dont carry over to the honey.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    Some treatments smell like dirty socks. We recently had a class on how to judge honey where one of the judges brought some honey that had been treated and it smelled like dirty socks or rotten corn.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    Thanks for the replies. Waynesgarden, I did inspect bees and they all seem to be thriving and busy, but I just didn't know if I was missing something. They are new Italian package installed in May. Two deeps and they never did draw the super, so I thought something was amiss. Then I got SHB and am looking into how that might affect hive. Books just don't give me enough info.

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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    People give this smell a bad rap. I love the smell and look forward to it every year. It's one of those unique smells that's associated with beekeeping that brings back good memories for me. My wife and I went out last night and when we came home and got out of the car that was the first smell to hit my nose and I took a deep breath.
    Regards, Barry

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    Im with Barry and can smell it 100 yards away. Thats a goooood smell this time of year!
    "You laugh at me because I am different, but I laugh at you because you are all the same."

  10. #10
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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    I asked our beeinspector what AFB smelled like. To her, AFB smelled like a sweet sickly fishy smell. Quite disgusting were her words

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    Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    I was worried about the dirty sock smell last year. I could even smell it in the honey. But everyone else said it was the best honey they ever tasted and it was. So this year I am loving the dirty sock smell! Not that my socks smell like that of course.

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    Default Re: Does Goldenrod nectar smell like dirty, sour, wet socks?

    Yea goldenrod. AFB smells like rotting bugs. Kind of like an old cricket bucket. Smelly feet smell wont kill ya, it'll cure out.

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