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If Fischer's Bee-Quick does not have a bad odor like other brands, and yet somehow repells bees . . . Can I use a little behind each ear and leave off my veil? Maybe put some on each sock and not tie my pant-legs?

If this works, please name it after ME
 

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As with all good inventions, the proponent has usually done significant research developing the design and application....Keep good notes and publish YOUR trial results here. Who knows, you may go down in history as the person who perfected the science of naked beekeeping as proposed in another forum.

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> If Fischer's Bee-Quick does not have a bad odor
> like other brands, and yet somehow repells bees...
> Can I use a little behind each ear and leave off
> my veil? Maybe put some on each sock and not tie
> my pant-legs?

There are a number of beekeepers who have reported
that they spray their bee jacket or suit with
Bee-Quick to keep the bees off. We can't comment
on such uses, as to endorse the practice, or
suggest that anyone do it would be to open up a
can of liability worms that would make our
insurance agent turn purple.

DO NOT apply Bee-Quick to bare skin. If you do,
it may cause a slight burn, and is certain to
at least be irritating. The stuff works by
vaporizing very quickly, which is "oxidizing".

"Oxidizing" means that it will react with the
oxygen and moisture in your skin just as it
reacts with the oxygen in the air.

Yes, a bright person could figure out all sorts
of interesting uses for Bee-Quick in many different
aspects of beekeeping, from swarm removal to
robbing control. BUT WE AREN'T GOING TO TALK
ABOUT ANY OF IT.

We insist that the sole purpose for Bee-Quick is
in honey harvesting. Whatever else one decides
to try with it is done at the sole risk of the
person trying it, with full knowledge that they
are clearly not using the product per directions.

In short, we ain't taking any liability or
responsibility for worst-case scenarios, like
some idiot homeowner trying to remove his own AHB
swarm without any beekeeping experience at all.
 

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OK Jim, but answer ONE itty bitty question ... hypothetical, of course.

I don't wish to know the ingredients (I could send a sample to a lab and for a couple hundred bucks find that out), but is there anything in it that would harm skin other than what you described above?

I use a blower, and like it, but after reading your rants <g> about blowers I'm considering trying your concoction...

BubbaBob
 

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I placed an order for some today. Am going to see if I like it or not. Will post the results after harvest in middle of August.
 

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>DO NOT APPLY Bee Quick to bare skin>
You got that right, :D I didn't have a veil with me one day & was moving some hives,they started sting me on the back of my neck,So What did ol'dummy do?Poured a hand full & splashed it on my neck,I'll bet I won't do that again.>>>>Mark
 

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> I don't wish to know the ingredients (I could
> send a sample to a lab and for a couple hundred
> bucks find that out),

They would have a very difficult and expensive
time. We have deliberately made the formulation
more obscure than would otherwise be necessary,
just to discourage attempts at "reverse
engineering". Some of the mission-critical
ingredients are very obscure.

> but is there anything in it that would harm
> skin other than what you described above?

Nope, not a thing. When used in very small
quantities, I have found that it makes an
excellent bitters for Manhattans, Old Fashioneds,
and Whiskey Sours. Yes, you can drink tiny
amounts of the stuff when it is diluted in a
drink. It is all 100% food grade.

I have a standing challenge to the makers
of the various butyric anhydride "bee repellents"
where I would mix a drink including 1/4 ounce of
Bee-Quick and consume it before a gathering of
beekeepers while they do the same with their
product. So far, no one has answered the challenge,
as they would need immediate medical attention.

But heck - I'd do it just for the fun of it in
front of any group that asked. I would never
turn down a free drink.


> So What did ol'dummy do? Poured a hand full &
> splashed it on my neck,I'll bet I won't do that
> again.

Did it act like a sunburn, or was it worse?
Sorry about that, we kinda thought that the
strong odor would be a clue.
 

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Jim,

Just used some more of it tonight and once again it cleared the supers PERFECTLY with very few stragglers......would have been none but did it later in the day and the fume board did not have the sunshine needed but none the less it worked great..........I WILL USE NOTHING ELSE..........of all the bee repellents out there FISHERS BEE QUICK is by far the very best out there........(and you can use that as a testimonal if you want to)
 

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Hey Jim, I love the stuff!! Just my 2 cents.
- Tim
 

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Jim:I'd say it was worse than a sunburn,But I put it on the area that had just been stung,so I think that made it even worse.
Flewster:I put it on an ol' towel & then use my smoker (no smoke)to blow through the towel & super.that way it does not matter about the sun.>>>>Mark
 

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Introduced my mentor to Bee Quick last fall . He says he would switch if he was going to stay in the business . He sold his bees to me along with all his equipment .

I tried his other nasty smelling stuff and will never go that direction . Bee Quick works much better and is tolerable if you happen to get some on you .

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Jim,

I found an old bottle of Bee Quick in my tool box that is about half full. I am guessing that it has been in there for at least 2 years.

I'd like to try it again (can't remember why I stopped using it now). If I like it I'll keep using it - question is should I just toss this bottle or would you expect it to still work?
 

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> should I just toss this bottle or would you
> expect it to still work?

If you look at the label, it says either
"Full Refund If Not Satisfied" (on older bottles)
or "Your Money's Worth, Or Your Money Back"
(on newer bottles).

We've got the long-term shelf life thing
licked. One of the first bottles we bottled
back in 1998 is still testing just fine, even
though we "abuse" them with overly hot and
overly cold cycles by keeping them on a shelf
in an unheated barn.

If you had the flat cap screwed on tight, it
should be just fine. After two years, you
may notice that the liquid is "yellowish"
rather than crystal clear, but it should still
have a "sharp" smell when you take a whiff.

Regardless, the label says what it says,
and I meant what I said. Every bottle
should work to the last drop, no excuses,
no quibbling, no arguments, no whining.

You see, I'm just as much a hard-nose on
myself as I am on discussions in the marching,
chowder and debate society here on the
megainterwebnet.

Are a few things maybe starting to make a little
more sense now?

And by the way, when did I ever say that you
were disguised, let alone that any such
disguise was "clever"? ;)
 
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