What is the spearmint going to do? You need some open brood or queen pheromone to suppress the laying workers. The issue isn't with how the queen smells.
I think this would have better success with a regular requeening, especially if you were trying to remove the old queen and introduce the new queen at the same time. With laying workers, you are trying keep the new queen alive long enough to have her pheromones and/or open brood pheromones suppress the laying workers. You could try the spearmint with and extra long release of the queen or a manual release in 5 days or a week. You could increase the release time by putting some masking tape of the candy for them to chew through.The idea for the spearmint is that it will hopefully disrupt the odors of the hive enough that they will not immediately recognize the queen as foreign. By the time that the sugar is cleaned up the hive odors will be transferred to the new queen.
Not with laying workers, but I have done it with Honey B Healthy for direct release of a queen in a queenless hive. That works very well, I'd love to know if you have any luck with a laying worker hive.Has anybody successfully sprayed sugar water with spearmint on a laying worker hive and the new queen? I am going to try it today with some older queens that we are replacing.
never had them kill a queen immediately. I asways put my queens in cages for few day to let them accept queen. always kept them from being killed also I guess you could leave them a day or so after shaking to let the pheromone dissipate and them to realize their queenless.Not that simple, I've done that and had them kill the new queen immediately.
Larry Connor spoke about this idea last weekend. He contends that there is not just "a laying worker", but several and they can fly. That one shakes them on the ground away from the hive, by the time you get back to the hive they beat you back. He didn't say how he recommends fixing things.had one with a laying worker I took them about 80 foot and shaked the bees out ,put the hive back and requeened. seem really simple to me.
Larry Connor spoke about this idea last weekend. He contends that there is not just "a laying worker", but several and they can fly. That one shakes them on the ground away from the hive, by the time you get back to the hive they beat you back. He didn't say how he recommends fixing things.
I think the whole thing about shaking them out is that the laying worker has never left the hive so they cant find their way back or that what I been told by our beekeepers ass. here. sounded good and I only had to do it once but I work like a charm for me. the one thing that the old timers told me is to make sure all bees are out of it when you put hive back or if not you may not have knocked out the "want to bee queen".