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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Essential Oils

    HBH works well as a robbing stimulant, too.
    Buy the ticket, take the ride. -H.S. Thompson

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    When my bees needed feeding they never needed any stimulation! HBH (or Mann Lakes facsimile) does seem to delay mould growth in sugar syrup though.
    Frank

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    I don't know how helpful it is but I added some to my sugar blocks [ala Laurie] and had great success wintering my nucs. I don't use it in my syrup. I will use it in the sugar blocks again.

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    If your bees don't like sugar water there must be something wrong with them.

    When I put my sugar blocks on my hives the bees start on them while I'm still holding the block. It's the ACV that does it, not the EOs. Test for yourself. The bees seal up LGO lures in swarm traps for a reason.

    EOs are considered a "pesticide" by the EPA. Shown above there not effective by themselves against mites.

    Is there a different insect in the hive you are targeting with this pesticide?

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    Wow, such an attitude against a little EO's. Think I'll stay with what works.

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    Just saying - EOs are a pesticide, but they are not treated as such.

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    EO's are known fungicides. I used EO's years ago for over a decade. My bees were healthier than when I treated with chemicals and antibiotics. EO's are a precise treatment, when not properly mixed or when overdosing can kill or slow your bees down. Emphasis on precise doses when mixing. All treatments whether EO's or the standard chemical treatments if not properly applied can be detrimental to a hives survival. There are also studies that support the benefits of EO's just as many as the negative side.
    Last edited by Slow Drone; 03-20-2015 at 11:48 AM.

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    I would be interested in seeing any studies you might have on benefits and negatives of EOs.

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