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  1. #1
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    Default Coating of board below SBB

    I read somewhere on this website that vegetable oil was not a good thing to use below the SBB because racoons like it and may disturb the hive. In another place I see a mixture of baby oil and vaseline recommended. Well, I mixed up a batch and it smells like a freshly cleaned baby's butt. I would expect that, but the odor is stronger than I expected and I am concerned the bees may find it objectional and leave. Any comments as to whether or not to use this stuff?

    Ed

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    Default Re: Coating of board below SBB

    Give it a try. Coons harming a hive over some veggie oil seems a little farfetched; I'd go ahead and use it until and unless you have a problem. I have used a spray can of olive oil for years in a coon-dense area and have never had an issue. But go ahead ad try your oil; you'll only be leaving it on a couple days anyways. If they are fanning or roaring you'll know they don't like it and you can go back to Crisco
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: Coating of board below SBB

    If you want an odorless coating, use just mineral oil. Ants and other problem animals will not be attracted to it.

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    Default Re: Coating of board below SBB

    Thank you gentlemen. Good information. It is amazing how the internet allows the transfer of knowledge !! I can learn in a week what would have taken a year 20 years ago.

    Thanks,

    Ed

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