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Super Bee
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« Reply #60 on: May 28, 2007, 01:04:09 PM »

Here's a thought...if the Lemonbalm calms me..all the better...Cindi I am remembering a note you posted about the ingredient "gerniol" ( sp ) that scent the hive aroma...a chemical scent found in many plants/flowers...lemonbalm being perhaps if you smell "hivey" to the bees, they will be less annoyed...

As we say in Spanish..."Quien Sabe?"

I use BOTH baby powder, then lemonbalm...



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Location: Central Ga. 35 miles north of Macon

« Reply #61 on: May 28, 2007, 01:26:12 PM »

Bee1, and the rest of the new Bee Keepers.
Don't if this was said or not.
Early in the season, before the bees have much honey stored. A good gentle colony doesn't sting as much
as they do after they get some honey stored.
The hives that I know, I don't use gloves the first few times. But after a super or two is added I start useing them.
Like some said, smoke the area as soon as possible after the sting, and ,yes, for some reason the baby powder works.
Stay away from smelly perfumes, deodorant  when working with Bees.
I use the "hunters", SENT-A-WAY deodorant.
If you don't have allergic reaction to the ventom, I wouldn't take anything.
The bit of pain and swelling comes with the fun and joys of Beek-ing
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1st & only hive installed Friday April 13th, 2007

« Reply #62 on: May 28, 2007, 02:08:36 PM »

You guys are nuts... in a good way.   Wink   Enjoy your pain and suffering; and I will enjoy trying to keep mine to a minimum.    I like the idea of lemon balm, but not if it interests the bees and attracts them to my bare hands.  I will watch and listen to those using it for awhile first. 

I like my gloves more today than yesterday -



Bee1 with all Stings of the Universe.
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« Reply #63 on: May 29, 2007, 02:30:05 AM »

    It's weird  Last year the stings burned and itched like crazy later for about five days.  This year they don't burn, just pain and the itching is minimum.   Last year was drought this year, so far, isn't.

Everyone said it couldn't be done. But he with a chuckle replied, "I won't be one to say it is so, until I give it a try."  So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin.  If he had a worry he hid it and he started to sing as he tackled that thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.  (unknown)
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« Reply #64 on: May 29, 2007, 08:56:17 AM »

Geraniol, (oil-of-rose scent) that is the "hive" chemical, found in lemonbalm and other stuff.  I am going to do some experiments of rubbing lemonbalm leaves on the hive body just for fun and watch if the bees are interested or not. 

I know from posts on this forum that lemongrass oil is used on the top of the top bars in a "swarm" box to lure swarms, they must enjoy.  Have a wonderful day, great life, great health.  Cindi

There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold.  The Arctic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold.  The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see, what the night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee.  Robert Service
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