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  1. #1
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    Default Sugar syrup with fungus

    I have some sugar syrup that was prepared this summer. I was going to feed the bees and noticed that it has some fungus like green matter. Is it OK to feed them?

    No big deal I can always toss it.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Sugar syrup with fungus

    I would be safe and toss it.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Sugar syrup with fungus

    I would get rid of the syrup. It's not worth the chance your bees might get sick. I always prepare my syrup the same week I'm going to feed.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Sugar syrup with fungus

    The next time you make syrup, consider lowering the ph of the syrup. You may find that the syrup lasts longer before molding. Some ideas on that here:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...=vinegar+syrup
    ultracrepidarian >> noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside of his expertise

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Sugar syrup with fungus

    Lemon juice will also lower the ph and extend the syrup shelf life. It's cheap and I think it makes the syrup more palatable for the bees (sorta like honey b healthy).

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    Default Re: Sugar syrup with fungus

    Thymol will extend the life of the syrup, and possibly help with mites and nosema.
    Dave

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Sugar syrup with fungus

    My book says get some thymol and dissolve it in surgical spirit or denatured alcohol at a concentration of 30g thymol to 150 ml of solvent. Add 10 ml of this to each 4.5 litres ( 1 imperial gallon ) of syrup.

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