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Offline Santa Caras

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oils needed??
« on: August 21, 2013, 03:45:37 PM »
As a newbie and doing all the reading.....oils are mentioned as needed for everything from feeding, attractants, to health boosters.
What do ya'll think are the TOP 5 OILS needed in beekeeping???

Offline danno

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Re: oils needed??
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 04:17:38 PM »
lemongrass is at the top of the list.  Its used as a lure in traps and in honey-b-healthy Spearmint oil is also in HBH

Offline Wolfer

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Re: oils needed??
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 10:22:20 PM »
I use veg oil in my beetle traps.

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Re: oils needed??
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2013, 10:34:49 AM »
Lemongrass essential oil I use for swarm lure.  I don't use anything else.  Essential oils are broad spectrum antimicrobials and bees need microbes to stay healthy.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0033188

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