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« on: May 23, 2006, 05:30:50 PM »

This might be a stupid question, but I am wondering if it is allright to use use insect repellant (OFF etc...)on my clothing before going to my bee yard.  I am getting killed with skeeters, chiggers and ticks.  I am wondering if this would have any negative effect on the health of my bees or if it would put them in alert/attack mode.  
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006, 08:56:51 PM »

Skeeters,chiggers, and ticks. I'm guessing southeast Oklahoma? Skeeters around here seem to really like Off and most of the other repellents commonly available. 100% deet is usually available at army surplus stores, and Walmarts in some areas carry it, but I don't know how the bees react to it. Let us know.  The easiest thing is to just suit up. As for chiggers, keep the grass down as much as possible. Ticks show up preety good on a white bee suit. I always have my wife or my son look over my suit when I'm done.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2006, 12:54:22 AM »

My guess is that you will become dead beeman walking.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2006, 09:57:58 PM »

Dave, you can buy permethrin to treat clothing in the camping section of walmart and some sporting goods stores. I would only treat from the feet up to your knees. You can apply it directly to clothing say 24hours before you wear them. I forget the exact directions but its something like that. This permethrin product I have seen is supposed to last a long time once it dries and it repels ticks and I believe chiggers, perhaps mosquitos. You can also put sulfur powder in your shoes and inside your socks to help with the ticks. Generally speaking, if you are in an area with lots of chiggers you need to wear long sleeves and pants, the less exposed flesh the better. As far as the mosquitos, you can do an online search for mosquito proof clothing. Try cabela's they have a lot of options. As far as mosquito spray or other sprays over your entire body, I wouldn't do it. Bees are extremely sensitive to chemicals and may resent you. Also, they probably won't like the way you smell. Just my 2 cents, hope it helps.
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2006, 04:01:27 PM »

Works fine!  I have sprayed my ankles the last several trips to the hives with no negative effects so far.  No new chigger bites, which is what was wearin me out.  The bees have not seemed to react to the scent at all.  
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2006, 04:36:13 PM »

I'd be reluctant to use anything on myself and near my hives that is made to kill bugs. Bees are bugs, why risk their health so you can have a few less bug bites? The world needs less chemical intrusions, not more. Calling that stuff safe is ignoring the natural order life.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2006, 12:30:25 AM »

A few less bug bites???...Does NY even have chiggers?  wink If I was in charge of the torture of an enemy, it would probably involve chiggers (or redbugs as we call them in Alabama). Those things will drive you insane! evil  evil
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2006, 08:56:50 AM »

we have them, and more..my only point is that the ends may not be worth the means
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2006, 12:08:06 AM »

I also agree that we are chemicaling our selves to death. Maybe keeping the grass cut real short will help or do like I do and put tar paper on the ground under your hives...
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