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Bee Problem Answered

Anyone Know How To Make A Liquid That Attracts Bees? Because I Use A Mixture Of Sugar Water & Flavoring And It Doesn't Work To Well So Can Anyone Help.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

Hmm, which kind of bees? Honey bees, wasps, hornets, bumble bees, yellow jackets? I have personally watched one, then two, the 6 or 7 yellow jackets swarm to a small piece of lunch meat dropped at a picnic once (I thought this was weird until I looked them up :-).

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Twilight
Twilight

Reply 12 years ago

Um anything for wasps? thx i need to get rid of yellow jackets and wasps mainly

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forgesmith
forgesmith

Reply 12 years ago

I mainly use brake cleaner, wonderfully nasty stuff in the auto parts department (try Wal-Mart, auto parts stores, etc). Aerosol can, squirt the nest (from 10 feet away!), the vapors do most of the work. When just about all dead, then I knock down the nest.

Although 2 years ago I ran afoul of an underground nest, got stung several times. 1 can of automotive starting fluid + 1 butane lighter = blowtorch, followed by the brake cleaner, then the bucket of water I had handy. About 8 stings until done, but they haven't been back since. :)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Well, like all wasps, yellow jackets prey on a variety of insects and other arthropods. Yellowjackets will also forage on foods that people eat, especially at outdoor gatherings because of their attraction to meats and sweet foods. Other then the use of regular store bought bait, I don't know of anything else (besides the meat, and sweet foods) that will attract them,

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

I know, one time a bunch of 'em stormed our picnic and carried off a slice of sausage. It took seven of 'em, but they did it. After I saw that happen, I hauled my butt outta there.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

They rarely fly and eat, normally the other way around. Eat first, then fly away.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

They appeared to be getting it as takeout. That was new for me. It was pretty wild, and that was when I discovered that my Home Depot only carried five hornet traps at one time... maybe I overdid it. But it got rid of my carnivorous-bug problem in a hurry!

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

12 years ago

If you have problem with honey bees, contact a local honey producer, or apiaries in your local area, alot will come and remove the bees and queen for free (( a pound of workers and 1 queen last year cost over a $150 )) And they know what they are doing, and come with the proper protective equipment... And they will put those bees and a hive and take care of them, and not just kill them off, they might even give you a few free bottles of honey to try... (( Ask for some Comb as well it's very nice when it's fresh and dripping honey from a hive ))

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skeptikool
skeptikool

12 years ago

Bee problem? Unless someone has avoided the news for the last four or five years he/she would know that the biggest problem with bees has been their disappearance - in such numbers as to have farmers and gardeners really worried about crop yield due to reduced pollination.

As a keen gardener, I was prompted to post an Instructable that required one do nothing. Lacking a picture, I did not do so. (I'm sure this situation prevents the posting of many ideas not requiring graphics)

I was about compost some kale that had grown shoulder high and that was loaded with blossoms about to turn to seed. Although in an urban setting, bees were very active around them, so I delayed the pulling of the plants until the blossom stage was finished.

I've also hung a couple of drilled logs to attract the benign and beneficial mason bee.

On the wasp problem, as a child, I recall getting stung on the tongue by a wasp that feasting on the same plum jam sandwich as I. There you go. Plum jam. Irresistible.

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gimmelotsarobots
gimmelotsarobots

Reply 12 years ago

I sure don't have a bee disappearance problem. Big swarm came at me the other day. Live in my pecan tree.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

So compromise! If you live near any woods, you could drill some logs and hang them up with whatever liquid best attracts them somewhere away from you. Then you don't have bees, and they get to live. It really is a serious problem, bee keepers have been traveling around with their bees to help pollinate plants.

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gimmelotsarobots
gimmelotsarobots

Reply 12 years ago

Actually, My bees just disappeared! (technically they're wild but oh well) :0

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Patrik
Patrik

12 years ago

Little known fact: You catch more flies with vinegar than with honey!

Presumably, the problem with using pure sugar is that it doesn't have any smell whatsoever, so the bees/wasps/flies can't detect it from a distance. Vinegar probably works, because it has a strong aroma, and is a good indication that there is something sweet fermenting.

I've also heard somewhere about using beer for a wasp trap - possibly working on the same principle: the smell of alcohol (and CO2) is a good indication that there may be something sweet fermenting nearby.

In the spirit of Instructables - make a series of wasp traps with different liquids, and report back on which one works best! I would try sugar water, honey, white and balsamic vinegar, beer, and bouillon (for the meat lovers)...

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 12 years ago

make a series of wasp traps with different liquids, and report back on which one works best! I would try sugar water, honey, white and balsamic vinegar, beer, and bouillon (for the meat lovers)...

I ought to do that for my Instructable...

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Patrik
Patrik

Reply 12 years ago

Yes. Yes, you should. ;-) I hear pickle juice is another favorite...

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 12 years ago

And I will! As soon as yellowjacket season starts

I also want to try out my second design:

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ry25920
ry25920

12 years ago

Build some sinister flamethrower from a propane tank and steel plumbing parts. Those Wasps,Bees,or Yellow jackets are toast.

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teaaddict314
teaaddict314

12 years ago

why do you use capitals at the beginning of every word?

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teaaddict314
teaaddict314

Reply 12 years ago

btw, maple syrup or chocolate sauce

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Brennn10
Brennn10

12 years ago

Would concentrating the sugar water solution with more sugar help any?

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ry25920
ry25920

12 years ago

Learn to fire breath.. Roasted wasps anyone?

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

12 years ago

Use Mountian Dew, when I was capming they were all over my open can of it.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

12 years ago

A jam jar with some jam and water in it works well, as does coke and the like, tango and fanta work well. I've found that though a bug zapper attracts them they have annoying habit of surviving the zapping...

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Rogue Gourmet
Rogue Gourmet

Reply 12 years ago

What you are looking for is simple - you want to use honey. Bees are famous for stealing it from one another - Honey has the exact smell and formulation you are looking for. If you need to to be thinner just use warm water to thin it. Of course... liquids and bug zappers might not be a good idea.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

Not me looking, just suggesting but honey does work well, if used in a trap, otherwise they tend to steal your honey...