Beekeeping forum: Essential Oils

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Name: Terri
virginia (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Region: Virginia Dragonflies
dragonfly53
Apr 9, 2014 6:22 AM CST
Do any of you use essential oils such as lemongrass in your feeders? I've been seeing a lot of articles and ads for supplements so I tried putting some lemongrass oil in the syrup as a lure for an empty hive box I put out.

The reason I did this was I wanted to see if I could catch a swarm and thought maybe it would make the box more attractive to them. The bees are busy all over the box but it's only been out for a few days so no one has moved in yet.

I read of some beekeepers putting sprigs of thyme in their bees water sources too, I guess in the thought that it contains thymol. I'm not sure of that yet, will have to do more research
Terri
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Apr 9, 2014 9:24 AM CST

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We don't use them here but I'm interested in the subject and have been researching it.
Keep us updated on whether you get a swarm in that box

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