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  1. #1
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    Default bees cleaning equipment.......myth?

    I have see several ppl say to put wet frames or equipment out in the bee yard and the bees will clean it right up for you. I put out a sticky bowl and flat pan I used in extracting two days ago and bees wont touch them. what am I missing here.

  2. #2
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    Mtn. View, Arkansas, USA
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    Default Re: bees cleaning equipment.......myth?

    The nectar flow is still on. When the flow stops the bees will be attracted to exposed honey, while it is still on they ignore exposed honey in favor of nectar.

  3. #3
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    Murray KY, USA
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    Default Re: bees cleaning equipment.......myth?

    Yup, AR is right. I had something I figured I'd toss out for them and they ignored it. Ended up setting it on the landing board and finally some bees figured they'd stop and clean it up.

  4. #4
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    Perth Western Australia
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    Default Re: bees cleaning equipment.......myth?

    Not really a good practice

  5. #5
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    Otero County, New Mexico, USA
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    Default Re: bees cleaning equipment.......myth?

    Invitation for robbing. Better to place it in an empty super on top of the hive, covered up.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2012
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    Sacramento, California
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    Default Re: bees cleaning equipment.......myth?

    If there's enough of a flow on that you're having a hard time getting the bees to notice wet frames, then robbing is unlikely.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2006
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    Pepperell, MA.
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    Default Re: bees cleaning equipment.......myth?

    Earlier in the year it's harder getting them to work your wet equipment. I just leave the wet supers on longer (above an inner cover) and eventually they'll either clean it up or start filling it with nectar that's coming in. Other equipment just takes a long time while you have a flow on. If it's fall and there's no flow, they'll cover it with bees as they clean it up for you.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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