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polomadh 

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Bitter Almond oil, not the stuff you can get for cooking, but the essential oil, which makes your eyes water. If you put a few drops on a rag on top of a super, they will clear the super in a number of seconds. Whilst I did try it once, I much prefer the physical methods for clearing supers. The speed at which bees move away from it is impressive. I have heard that if you use too much the bees go into a stupor.
 

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Isn't there there a cyanide content in that?
Hope I'm wrong!
I believe it is possible to get food grade bitter almond oil which doesn't have the cyanide compound present. I don't know whether the food grade and non food grade versions are equally effective at repelling bees.

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They are back this morning. I'm going to experiment. . . .. . . Ben
Couldn't find the almond essence in the cupboard. I know I hate the smell of the stuff. Went with spraying white vinegar 3 times and they had gone by evening. Not returned today.
Swarm might just a have moved on (not into one of my bait hives) but it worked.
. . . . Ben
 

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Bitter Almond oil, not the stuff you can get for cooking, but the essential oil, which makes your eyes water. If you put a few drops on a rag on top of a super, they will clear the super in a number of seconds. Whilst I did try it once, I much prefer the physical methods for clearing supers. The speed at which bees move away from it is impressive. I have heard that if you use too much the bees go into a stupor.
I’ve used this it’s it’s good for clearing supers and combs when doing a cut outs
 
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