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Author Topic: Non-toxic woodfiller/putty  (Read 2083 times)
Queen Bee
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« on: August 17, 2010, 10:10:02 PM »

G'day Guys,

I lucked out and got some free plywood that i'm going to make some nucs out of... the only problem is it has some screw holes and imperfections in it. Is there a filler that i can use that isn't toxic to bees? would any water based filler/putty suffice?

Most of the filling will be done on the outside of the nuc - i'll let the bees propolise any small holes on the inside if they want
Galactic Bee
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010, 09:58:16 AM »

I had several boxes that cracked one year.  I used plain old  Wood Filler on the outside of the cracks.  Some boxes had bees in it already.  Then I just painted over with white paint.   The bees glued  up the cracks on the inside and had them filled up before I filled them with the wood putty.  They were pretty quick on that.  You might not worry about it.  I took care of the cracks on the outside to keep water out and the wood from rotting faster.  Once the wood putty dries, the bees should not get into it, and you can paint over on the inside if you want to cover it from the bees, but they will glue it up themselves.  Something else to think of, even though it says non toxic, it was never tested on bees.   

The only thing I can think of would bee beeswax or bee glue that would be totally natural for use in the hives.   You could try that.
New Bee
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2010, 10:20:56 PM »

Painters Caulk for me.
New Bee
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010, 10:43:25 PM »

anyone ever tried scraping propolis and melting it to fill a small imperfection?
House Bee
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2010, 09:43:55 PM »

Bondo auto body filler. Permanent and waterproof. Best part: cheap!  grin
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