Re: any homemade bee repellents to get bees out of the hive?
I'll defer to those who have better knowledge of bee behavior, as well as the experience that serves as a basis for good advice. But, the chemist in me notes that one of the products used to chase bees out of honey supers smells a lot like almond oil.
Again, stated more clearly, I have very limited experience with bees and zero experience with trapouts. You should listen to those with actual experience. Personally, I would not try to use almond oil on a colony in a log. I may try it at some point in the future, but only after I have a few established colonies in wooden hives that can be ventilated. Oh, and honey in supers.
Pete. New 2013, 12 hives, zone 6a
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