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Old 07-29-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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Neat instant solution!

When I was little I liked to put honey dabs on my fingers and try to feed bees and totally freak out my little brother. Never got stung and the bees would be on my finger sometimes two at a time. I felt like fairy godess of the bee kingdom or something. LOL
Ahh the simple pleasures of being a 6 year old.

Have you ever tried feeding them (bees) real honey water plates?
I just wonder if that makes them more crazy than cane sugar.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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I don't feed the bees, but to keep them and the wasps off my hummingbird feeder, I tie a fabric softener sheet to the top. Works like a charm!
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I don't feed the bees, but to keep them and the wasps off my hummingbird feeder, I tie a fabric softener sheet to the top. Works like a charm!
Thats interesting! what is it about the sheets that keeps them away?
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Old 07-30-2008, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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Thats interesting! what is it about the sheets that keeps them away?
I'm not sure, but I think it's the smell. The hummers don't smell them, but bees and wasps do.

Whatever the reason, it's worked for me this year.
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Thanks World Citizen!

I also had to move my feeders, as I had them where we could watch them best, but turned out it was in too hot of an area.

So now we don't get to watch them while sitting in the living room anymore, but hopefully I'm not killing them either.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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Thanks World Citizen!

I also had to move my feeders, as I had them where we could watch them best, but turned out it was in too hot of an area.

So now we don't get to watch them while sitting in the living room anymore, but hopefully I'm not killing them either.
Me, too!

I'm going to be cleaning that feeder every couple of days during this hot weather.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:40 PM
 
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Thats interesting! what is it about the sheets that keeps them away?
Dryer sheets are very toxic.
Bees are very senstive to enviromental toxins.
So clair has some smart bees buzzing around..but not around the toxic dryer sheet!

Very cool trick!
I wonder if that would work at say like a picnic or something?

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toxins in dryer sheets:

"Here is a list of just some of the chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets:

Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer

Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant

Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders

Limonene: Known carcinogen

A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage

Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list

Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders

Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic

Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders

Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled "

The Toxic Danger of Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets 2/8/05

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PLease dont turn this sweet thread into if dryer sheets are toxic or not debate thread.
Im just sharing info.
I still use them at times myself.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Early this morning I put out a water melon rind with some extra red left on it hoping to get some closeup photos of honey bees at work. As of now none to be seen. Upon farther inspection of the entire yard and all the flowers there are none anywhere. Only good sign is that there where numerious small what we call sweat bees. This is not a good sign for those with gardens that requires bees for pollination.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:59 AM
 
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I've seen a few bees feeding on clover blossoms in my yard this year. It is very scary.

I personally think it has to do with pesticides... They say they flew away and didn't return... so they must have died.
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I've seen a few bees feeding on clover blossoms in my yard this year. It is very scary.

I personally think it has to do with pesticides... They say they flew away and didn't return... so they must have died.
Improperly applied pesticide will kill bees. I have gardened extensively using pesticide and never lacked for bees. It's all in knowing how and what to use. I read recently that bees are being attacked by a virus. I need to research that again. The pesticide usuage is way down around my parts as gardening is almost a lost art now.
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