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I have seen mention on here of using clove oil spray on gloves, where there has been a sting. I assume that this disguises the pheromones that encourage other bees to join in?

If so, can someone tell me where to buy such a spray, please? And are there other things (lavender oil?) that have similar effects?
 

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I find a tablespoon full of cider vinegar in 1 pint of water to be very effective - and cheap:smilielol5:
 

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Carbolic soap is an old tried and tested method :gnorsi:.

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I try and use sugar syrup instead of smoke. I find it gets onto my hands which is the most exposed. They seem more interested in the syrup than stinging me.
 

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Essential clove oil is sold in Boots... not with the essential oils but with the emergency dentistry bits. Two or three drops in a small sprayer or lidded bottle. Also oil of peppermint does the same thing but it's a boring smell.

Sugar water is what we use for spraying hives but not all over the gloves. If it's hot they like a plain water spray with a couple of drops of chamomile oil. I don't like to clart my gloves in sugar water...increases the risk of bee squish.
 

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Sugar water???

Sugar water is what we use for spraying hives but not all over the gloves. If it's hot they like a plain water spray with a couple of drops of chamomile oil. I don't like to clart my gloves in sugar water...increases the risk of bee squish.[/QUOTE]
I'm probably a bit slow on the uptake but could you clarify- do you use a sugar water sprayer instead of a smoker to calm the hive during a routine inspection, or just in particular circumstances? I've seen mentions of using sugar water, but never a description. Basically, A) when, B) where, C) how, D) why, and E) what strength- but any other details would also be welcome!

Many thanks
 

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