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I got a swarm call at a railroad yard today. The guys said they get at least one a year and sometimes more, always in the same place. I know that this is common, but one of the guys said that the honey bees were attracted to Acetylene. I had never heard that before. The location was next to the Acetylene storage tanks. Has anyone else heard of that?
 

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According to what I read today from a propane site, flies and bees are attracted to propane. Any propane around there. Propane is often used as a cutting gas in steel work.
 

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Probably. There are several lockers with gas in them. I wouldn't be surprised if there is propane. I left a swarm trap behind.
 

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It was Norfolk Southern, I think the safety officer to employee ratio is probably 1 to 1. :)

They cordoned off an area about 70 feet around the swarm!
 

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I don't know about the acetylene deal...

We go through several bottles of it at the shop each week, and I've never seen a bee in or at the shop.
 

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Just a thought, but Propane in it's original state has NO Odor. When it is sold to the Public it is Law that Ethel Mercapatan (Sp) is added to it as an odor-ant so it has a smell in case of a leak. Maybe this is what the Bee's are going for. Just my $.02 Worth.
 
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