Popular Bee Recipes
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Homemade Bee Lure
8oz of Olive Oil (or corn oil, or Canola oil)
½ cup to ¾ cup of melted bees wax.
15 - 20 drops of Lemongrass oil.
In a Pyrex bowl, WARM the olive oil. In a metal pan, melt the bees wax until you have minimum ½ cup of liquid bees wax. (how do you do the measurement’s for melted wax?) Pour up ½ cup of water in the metal pan, then mark the side of the pan with a black marker, a dot will do. Pour out water, melt wax until you come to this level. When wax is completely melted, pour into bowl of WARMED Olive oil. Stir until rather cool, but not cold. You DO NOT want this mix too hot! You should be able to hold your hand on the bowl without burning yourself. If you put the Lemongrass oil in too soon, it just evaporates most of the oil. Let the bowl of wax/oil cool for a bit. Stir often. Then add 15 to 20 drops of Lemongrass oil. This is about 1cc of concentrated oil. It will smell strong. DO NOT put more than this amount of Lemongrass oil in the bowl. It may even smell too weak to YOU, but not to the bees. Stir this mix just a bit, then pour into HALF PINT jars. These are smaller jars, that allow the wax/oil mix to cool QUICKER. Gently stir and turn this liquid, in the jars. As the liquid cools, it will turn from a liquid, into a solid paste. Keep stirring and turning gently until completely cooled. This batch should make several jars of lure, or more. This is plenty to last you a full bee season or longer.
How to use this Lure? I put this lure on the inside of my Nuc boxes if I’m trying to catch a swarm of bees. Place a small amount on the inside of the lid, on the bottom of the box, toward the back wall, sidewalls. Also I smear some on the outside hole, and on the porch. Set your catch box about 6 to 8 feet high, in a secluded place. The scout bees will find it quickly. They will check it out all over, inside and out. They will REMEMBER where your Nuc box is located. Leave it in one place for several months. Give the bees time to think about what they’ve found, etc. if they like what you’ve offered, they’ll be back.
I’ll also use this lemon lure when I’m setting a small colony in the brood box. I feel it helps the bees to settle down quickly. Smear some on the back side, on the inside walls. Never on the outside of the brood box, only on the inside.
Note; a little bit, goes a long ways! I put this lure in an empty Carmex container, 1/4oz container. This is easy enough to carry to the bee yard, in my bee bucket or even in my pocket. Notice, as you rub it in your fingers, the smell GETS STRONGER. No need to use more than 20 drops of Lemongrass oil.
Protein Power Candy Block
4 cups water
15 lbs sugar
1 pint Bee pollen (Little Creek Bee Ranch or harvest your own)
1 pint Brood builder powder (from Dadant or Mega Bee powder)
1 Stock pot (from Wal-mart)
Bees strongly prefer this style of sugar block versus a normal white sugar block. We feel they recognize the pollen and like the protein in these blocks.
Here's how we mix it. Weigh out 15 lbs of sugar. Add 4 cups water. Turn on heat and stir off and on until a thick liquid is formed. When hot, add 1 pint of pollen, turn and mix until all pollen kernels are broken down. Then add 1 pint of Brood builder powder, but only add half at a time. This is a dense powder. You'll have to mix by hand, mix well. Bring temp to 245F. DO NOT walk away! This mix can bubble up quickly and come out of the Stock Pot. When 245F is reached, turn heat down and continue to stir. Keep stirring off and on until nearly all the bubbling stops. Let heat come back down to about 180F before pouring. Use big hot mittens to handle Stock Pot for pouring. Warning! Make certain no small children are running under foot as you pour, etc. Be safe!
This mix will make 8, 9"x5"x1" blocks of sugar candy. We use aluminum brownie pans, that we line with foil. We fold the foil lining in half, in order to create a BRIDGE in the middle. We're wanting 2 blocks, out of 1 pan. This foil folded bridge in the middle, is about 1" high. When cooled, it makes it easy to simple seperate these 2 blocks. These brownie foil pans are about 1" high. Use Heavy Duty foil to make the lining and create the fold or bridge in the middle. The pans can be reused over and over, since you're lining it with foil.
Line up the pans, pour in mix carefully. Don't worry about collapsing the bridge in middle, you can use a fork to pull up straight again, after you're done pouring. This mix will cool and solidify very fast, within an hour! It will still be warm, but will solidify quickly. DO NOT move these pans for several house, at least. Let these blocks completely cool before moving. NEVER store these blocks in the freezer or frig, they will fall apart when removed. After seperating the blocks, leave the foil on them. Place each block in a large zip lock bag, but DO NOT zip closed. Let air get to the block. When you're ready to use this sugar block, REMOVE THE FOIL before placing it on the colony. Bees don't seem to like the crinkling sound foil makes and they can't chew the foil out, like they can with wax paper. They simply put wax on the foil to secure it down. A real hassle to remove later. Enjoy!!
Wintergreen Grease recipe
This is one of our favorite Bee recipes. This is our "hat trick" recipe. We can knock out Tracheal mites, Varroa mites and Small Hive Beetles, all in one shot. Here's the ingredients list.
4 lb's of regular Sugar
1 1/2 lb's Crisco (use name brand, not the cheap stuff, stays firmer)
1 lb of Honey
2 oz's & 1 tsp of Natural Wintergreen Oil.
Mix the sugar and Crisco grease together completely. It will look too dry. Keep turning it. When you add the 1 lb of Honey, warm the Honey in the microwave before adding. This helps to mix it completely and is easier to do so. Mix well. The Honey will turn this mix to much like thick cookie dough. I liken it to putty. When it's all completely mixed, make a shallow hole in the middle. Measure out 2 oz's & 1 tsp of Wintergreen oil in a glass measuring device. A shot glass @ Wal-Mart has markings on it, comes in handy here. Mix this W.G. oil in completely. I store my W.G. grease mix in the frig, to keep it firm. When we add this to the back of the rabbit, the warmth from the colony will thin this mix out a bit. So I want it firmer, versus thinner, after I've mixed all the ingredients. Only apply this to the number of frames the bees are working. If 5 out of 10, then add it to the back rabbit on those 5 frames. If it's a full 10 frames, add all the way across. If you run double mediums or double deeps, the WG grease should go on the top box, where the Beetles like to play, on the back or front rabbit (where the frames hang). We use a large metal soup spoon to deliver this mix. Much like you'd see in a cafeteria line. We also use a paint brush. After your work is done, use the paint brush to dip into your bucket of W.G. grease and apply a little around the edges of the box BEFORE closing everything back up. Why? This helps to keep the bees, from sticking the boxes together so tightly. The next time you come out to open and inspect, you'll find that these boxes are much easier to get apart. It also deters or kills Beetles. Enjoy!
Homemade HBH recipe
General Purpose Essential Oil
Mixture. Click on link, then enter the type of oil you're looking for in Lorann Oils search window.
A well known commercially available general purpose essential oil product for bees that is similar to the following recipe claims many benefits even though many of those claims have yet to be proven. The following recipe should work about as well as that product and is way cheaper. It can be added in small quantities to feed to encourage feeding on smaller starter colonies. It has been known to occasionally cause robbing behavior due to its great appeal to bees when used during dry periods. Refrain from use during dry periods.
5 cups water
2 1/2 pounds of sugar
1 teaspoon lecithin granules (used as an emulsifier)
15 drops spearmint oil
15 drops lemongrass oil
1 to 2 tsps of Fruit Fresh (to increase the shelf life)
Bring the water to a boil and stir in the sugar until it is dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved remove the mixture from the heat and quickly add the lecithin and after cooling for a bit, then essential oils. Stir the mixture thoroughly. This solution should have a strong scent and not be left open around bees. Cool before using.
Use the Essential Oil Mixture in early spring and during periods when no nectar is available and to build up packages, Nucs and swarms. Two teaspoonfuls in a quart of 1:1 sugar syrup delivers a total of one cc of both essential oils. The essential oils are evenly distributed throughout the syrup. The Essential Oil Mixture helps produce rapid build up of bees when used as a feeding stimulant. In addition, using 4 teaspoons in a quart of one to one sugar water of the Essential Oil Mixture as a spray instead of smoke helps calm the bees, and spraying caged new queens and bees helps with queen acceptance during cage introduction and reduces balling during direct release when sprayed on new queen and bees. It also helps to reduce stings: mix a little on your hands and watch the difference in bee behavior-very few or no stings at all. Acts as a bee calmer when sprayed on the bees and helps prevent fighting when combining nucs, swarms, and colonies. Spray on a colony while doing a cut-out for some extra calm bees! When sprayed on new foundation helps encourage the bees to draw out new comb or plastic comb.
(Ken’s Note; this is the BASE mix. You’ll use 2-4 tsp’s in a quart of Sugar water for the bees. And 4-6 tps’s in your spray bottle. This recipe will make at least ½ gallon of mix, which is more than enough for the full bee season. Also, I’ll add about 2 tsp’s of Fruit Fresh to extend the life of the Base Mix, so it won’t grow mold so fast.
Also, I tend to use 1 tsp’s Lecithin in order to cut the oils well. I’ll use a ½ pint jar, with half sugar water, bring to near boil in microwave, add Lecithin (found at natural food stores like GNC), put lid on, shake well until ALL dissolved, let cool. THEN, add drops of oil, lid on, shake well….THEN pour this mix into container, THEN add the rest of the sugar water. Do this in the order I just gave you. You’re mixing emulsified oils and sugar water. The emulsion must be put in the large container FIRST, then add the rest of the sugar water. If not, the oils may ball up to the top if the order is reversed. Emulsion in first, then add the sugar water. Shake well. The solution will turn yellow, from the strength of the Lemongrass oil.)
Moth Trap Mix recipe
(this recipe is for 1 pop bottle mix)
½ cup sugar
1 cup Apple Cider vinegar
1 Banana peel.
Top off bottle with water, to about ½ full.
Use a 2 liter empty coke bottle, clear plastic (if it’s colored plastic, the moths can find their way out of the bottle) Cut a hole the size of a Nickel, or smaller, on the shoulder of the pop bottle. Fill the bottle up to ½ full with water, AFTER pouring in mix. Add the banana peel. Put the top back on the bottle and put the “moth trap” in your apiary. Using less sweetener will be less likely to attract the bees. Less water in the bottle - the insects couldn’t just walk out. Never fill more than half full of liquid.
WARNING! If you let this mix evaporate down to ¼ of the bottle, it turns MUCH SWEETER! The bees will dive into this bottle and pile up, and thus die!! Consider yourself FOREWARNED! Ha! This recipe is very effective in attracting moths and green beetles. It will require periodic emptying and replenishing, or throw out and start fresh. I begin my moth traps around mid July. Be sure to top this off with a little bit of water, but never go over half the bottle in volume. Or, dump out the contents and make a new batch of mix. NEVER let this evaporate to the bottom Quarter of the bottle. If so, it will TURN TO SYRUP and the bees LOVE IT. But they can’t get back out of the bottle. The bottle can fill up quickly with LOTS of honey bees. Not good. Therefore, watch your bottles closely. Bees have no interest in these bottles, UNTIL they get too low.
Wintergreen Drink Recipe
This is a simple (but powerful) recipe that comes from Univ of West Virginia Entomology dept. The purpose of this once per year drink is to give a deep cleaning to the brood cells. The bees will take this to the brood nest and begin to store a...nd clean cells. This drink is given in September only, once per year, after all the honey is removed. It is given on the porch feeders so I can simply walk through the Apiary and see who is drinking it down and how fast they're taking it. This tells me something. Strong, robust colonies finish this drink of within the week. If they're fighting V-mites, they'll drink it slowly and pick up speed as they clean mites off. These should be full size colonies, at least half the brood box should have bees, better to have a full box.
How to mix; In a Quart jar, fill 1/4 with Honey. Warm in microwave, just to thin it out a bit. Not hot, just warm. Add 1cc or 1ml of NATURAL Wintergreen oil. You can usually find eye droppers at your local drugstore. Better to have measured markings on it. May have to order it on Amazon. DO NOT guess......KNOW, how much oil you're adding. Put lid on jar, roll honey around for a while to break up the oil. The honey is a natural emulsifier, and will break up the WG oil. Then add warm tap water, not hot, only warm, lid on, shake well. Let set. Shake later. Let set. When cooled down, over nite, give to the colony the next day. You can even run a mite tray in the bottom board, with a light film of grease, to see how many V-mites are knocked off. Our main desire here is to prompt the bees to CLEAN cells out and CLEAN sickly larva. They'll drag garbage out onto the porch and into the grass. They're cleaning house. The bi-product is, any mites that are on the bees, ARE NO MORE! Also, if there are any Small Hive Beetles runnin' around, they'll either die, or simply fly away from the hive for parts unknown.....maybe to your neighbors hives! I do not want to trap beetles. I do not want to drown beetles. I want them DRT (dead right there!), or to fly away~! You can give this drink to a Nuc, but they need to have at least 3 frames of bees and I'd cut the oil back to 1/2 cc. No more than that. If you accidentally kill bees from too much oil, or too strong, their wings will be a frosty white and they will look black wet. (Been there, done that, I learned)
Wintergreen/Tea Tree drink; Fall/Winter drink - POST harvest
Recipe will be uploaded soon, keep watching.