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Jenny Mc
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:40 pm    Post subject: sugar spray Reply with quote

I want to use sugar spray instead of a smoker when I need to do things-Is there a recipe or ratio of sugar to water that works best?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I like to have the option or smoke or spray depending on the season but often don't need anything.
At this time of year it's difficult not to break open some honey cells during an inspection and smoke helps to mask the smell of it and prevent robbing. I would also be reluctant to spray sugar syrup at this time of year for the same reason.... it will attract robbers. Personally I prefer to mist with just water if I am going to use a spray but to be honest I find that if I need something, smoke is much more effective than spray but should always be used judiciously.

Most times I have used a spray it has been to encourage the bees to go down so that I can close up the top bars, but now that I have a thin slat of wood to insert to make them retreat below the gap, I don't need it for that either.

That is just my personal experience and other people will of course have other views. I would say that I keep inspections to a minimum, particularly at this time of year as it does make the less strong colonies more vulnerable, so my smoker does not get used much.

I would also say that if you have a particularly defensive colony, I would not attempt to tackle them without smoke.
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Jenny Mc
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice Barbara.I'm not planning on looking in on them for a while as all seems to be fine at the moment.The only problem I had last time I opened the hive was closing the lid.I couldn't get the bees to go down ,so I thought a little spray might encourage them.They are generally pretty tranquil.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sugar spray also leaves EVERYTHING sticky and can attract ants, bumblebees and other insects.
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