I was thinking about growing a bunch of spearmint which contains menthol naturally, and thyme which contains thymol.
If you were to just throw the plant matter in the top of the hive and let them work away at carrying it out would this not be a very gentle natural way of warding off pests with no harm to the bees? It is relatively cheap and easy (I don't know about thyme, but mint grows like a weed)
I know that in a way this a treatment but heck putting them in a box isn't exactly natural either, and here in canada we have no choice... if you don't treat your bees they die. I am just trying to find a natural way
Has anyone tried anything like this?