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Santa Caras
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« on: August 21, 2013, 02:45:37 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???
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 03:17:38 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
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 09:22:20 PM »

I use veg oil in my beetle traps.
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2013, 09:34:49 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

As an attractant they set off massive robbing in my experience.  Bees don't take much interest in syrup unless there is a dearth.  In a dearth they take too much interest in it already.
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