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  1. #1
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    May 2012
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    Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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    Default Don't see them taking my water offerings

    Just looking for some insight here. It has been super hot here in the area the last few days. I have a small water source right in front of the hives that they seemed to have been visiting, an additional bird bath with stones near the hives that I had seen them taking water from in the past. In the last few scorching hot days, I have only seen wasps and yellow jackets taking water from my sources and none of my bees! What the heck? There is a small man-made pond on the property behind us, but that is a football field away! Why don't they like my water? I had seen them taking it at the same time as the wasps from the same source before, so I am not inclined to believe that they are scaring them off.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Don't see them taking my water offerings

    Read somewhere (here maybe?) that putting a little salt in the water helps.

  3. #3
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    May 2012
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    Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Don't see them taking my water offerings

    I had the same problem with my source. I ordered lemongrass oil and put it on the water system and they use it like mad now.
    Greg Barnett
    7a

  4. #4
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    Greenville County, South Carolina
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    Default Re: Don't see them taking my water offerings

    Also, they seem to like aged water more than fresh water from the hose.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Don't see them taking my water offerings

    Thanks for the replies! I'll try salt first. Lemongrass oil I'm sure I can get nearby. Is the temperature of the water ever a factor?

  6. #6
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    Jun 2011
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    Charlottesville, Virginia
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    Default Re: Don't see them taking my water offerings

    I have a salt water pool that the bees love. It has solar cover so it is a perfect landing platform for them. I've started an experiment to get them out of the pool. I filled 2 five gallon buckets with the salted pool water and placed them closer to the bees. We will see if they take the bait....

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