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What are the bees doing all over my house? My neighbor called me, they were all over his car, their all over my house, setting on my security camera, hanging on the windows, setting on the porch rails, in the gutters etc.
Are they just looking for something to forage? I have an open feeder out.
 

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Are any of the hives getting robbed?
 

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A mystery....maybe newly hatched winter bees investigating stuff? Some of mine were orienting, not as many as last time though.
 

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What was the temperature when you took the video? Could it be that the bees were just getting warm before flying back to the hive?
 

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It's the open feeder. I learned that lesson on my quarter acre property, it's just not enough space away from the hive for them to orient correctly and they just end up all over the place, on gutters, roof, walls, doors, total frenzy. I've definitely come to the conclusion that in a packed residential area, open feeding is never worth it. To make matters worse the bees would be annoying for a week or two after removing the food source.
 

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It's the open feeder.
This! I am embarrassed to admit that I overlooked the last sentence in the initial post. Bees respond to any sort of 'free lunch' pretty much in the same manner. They begin a search of the entire area....every nook and cranny....in an apparent effort to uncover any other sources.
 

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This! I am embarrassed to admit that I overlooked the last sentence in the initial post. Bees respond to any sort of 'free lunch' pretty much in the same manner. They begin a search of the entire area....every nook and cranny....in an apparent effort to uncover any other sources.
:rolleyes: Yikes I missed it too ! :lpf:
 

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.......Are they just looking for something to forage? I have an open feeder out.
If you do this, make sure your open feeder smells very, very well and strong - they will not be confused looking for it all over - they will work it by the smell.
Old, well used combs in your feeder will do this.

On few, sunny and warm days in late fall, I have them dry the sticky C&S residue.
A black container placed by the sunny and warm house wall AWAY from the hives as far as possible.
No complaints.
Even I can smell the "feeder".

PS: I am not pro-open feeder in general (been discussed); just need a cleanup job done.
 

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I have been open feeding for a month or more, but I usually put a pack of grape koolaid in it, that smells real sweet, I was talking to Fred Dunn on his live chat, and he discouraged the use of that.
He discouraged the use of "grape koolaid"?
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He discouraged the use of a substance that "smells real sweet"?

And why?
 

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I wouldn't want to put more impurities in the syrup to make the bees have to defecate in the winter. Also, depending on the kind of Koolaid it might have artificial sweeteners in it rather than the sugar kind, which would be bad. Why not just use a drop of food coloring instead, would be cheaper if you wanted the coloring with less chemicals.

As for open feeding, I fed right in my yard for a week or so and didn't see bees all over my house like you were saying (more than what normally happens as they like to hang on the house when having a bathroom break). Maybe the extra solids in the syrup made them have to go potty more?
 

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They did not hang on the house with the koolaid, but rather without it, maybe the smell was different.
Ingredients: Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Contains Less Than 2% Of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Artificial Flavor, Red 40, Blue 1.
it's only .24 a pack, it would take alot of dye which cost more.
 
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