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When I left beekeeping in the late 80's some were using a vanilla syrup spray to requeen. As I remember, the bees were sprayed liberally and the queen was directly released into the hive. As I understand, the vanilla odor neutralized the "foreign" odor of the new queen. Have any of you ever used this method ? What are the proper terms for this method ? Is it useful ?
 

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any strong odor-like heavy smoke-will distract the bees and mask other scents like an alarm scent. this has some use but is not really needed. good luck,mike
 

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We used the vanilla extract mixed with 1 to 1 sugar syrup back in the sixties ( some of us still do),they now use Honey-B-Healthy to mask the queens pheromone. ( the smell will linger inside the hive a few days) I'm not a big fan of direct release but many do. Good luck. Jack
 
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