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  1. #1
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    Default Bananas and bees

    I once heard bees don't like the smell of bananas, is this true?

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    Default Re: Bananas and bees

    alarm pheremone smells KINDA like bananas, although it has been claimed there is a connection, I don't think there is any concrete evidence that bananas trigger the same response as alarm pheremone does

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    Default Re: Bananas and bees

    It's banana oil.

    I avoid eating bananas, or drinking anything with bananas in it, if I think that I'll work with the hives.

    I heard that juicyfruit gum had the oil in it, so I haven't chewed it in a while.

    There's a way to find out though...

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    Default Re: Bananas and bees

    I seen a video, where a man used artificial banana on a piece of cloth, he put it in front of the hive. The bee's went after it. Don't know where I found it.

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    Default Re: Bananas and bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    I seen a video, where a man used artificial banana on a piece of cloth
    I guess bees don't like plastic bananas, not the smell Don't walk around the hive with an unpeeled banana!

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    Default Re: Bananas and bees

    I had heard that too, so I suited up and peeled a banana in front of a hive.

    The bees didn't care.
    At all.

    So I crushed some the the flesh.
    They still didn't care.
    So I sat down on my hive watching crate, took my veil off, and enjoyed a snack while I watched bees for a bit.

    Bananas have no apparent effect on my bees.

    My bees are not your bees.
    Your bees live in a different place, and may be a different race.

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    Default Re: Bananas and bees

    We occasionally hire some local labor to help us do some of the more heavy work around our yard. One afternoon, he got popped 3 times...nobody else was stung. He came back to help us the next month, and he got nailed 5 times....again nobody else got stung. My husband even mowed, and weed whacked, with no stings at all. After he left, I spotted banana peels in the trash can. The next time he came, I told him he could not eat his banana snack. He didn't get stung that day. Coincidence? Very possible. Will I eat bananas and visit my hives? No.

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    Default Re: Bananas and bees

    Apparently the compounds in both the pheromone and bananas are very similar. My first experience with bananas and bees came when I was using a fancy wax on my car that contained 'banana wax' among other things. Bees were flying onto my car trying to give it a stinger. It was interesting to say the least.

    Bottom line, avoid bananas around the bees.

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    Default Re: Bananas and bees

    It's artificial banana flavor - not real banana. Artificial banana flavoring is similar to bee alarm...

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    Default Re: Bananas and bees

    Artificial banana flavor/scent is a pure compound called isoamyl acetate. Bananas also contain the same substance (plus many others) and the amount lessens as the fruit ripens (green bananas contain more, freckled less). Isoamyl acetate is also one of the two known alarm pheromones of A. mellifera.
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