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What is in this 'wax moth deterrent'?

 
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nannybee
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: What is in this 'wax moth deterrent'? Reply with quote

A friend of mine used to have a bumble bee lodge that she bought from a garden suppliers. The company sent her a small, unlabelled jar, like a lip gloss jar, of something that they advised for wax moth deterrent. It is a dark coloured soft gel and smells herbal - like a mild menthol or thyme (quite nice!) You smeared some of the gel round the access holes in the lodge. It was apparently no problem to the bumble bees but wax moths disliked and avoided it. She's given the jar to me.
Does anyone know what this stuff might be? Would it work for honey bees?
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nannybee
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:21 pm    Post subject: A sort of answer - is it worth a go? Reply with quote

Have had a reply from the supplier (Harrods Horticultural) who can't say what the ingredients are because they no longer supply it - but they can assure me that it is entirely natural and organic and perfectly safe to use with honey bees. Whether it works or not isn't mentioned!
What do beeks think? Is it worth trying ? Question
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't use what I can't identify. Usually bees need no help to keep moths at bay.
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