FEEDING STIMULANT WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
(Lemongrass and Spearmint Oil Concentrate)
Helps promote healthy vigorous hives when used as a feeding
stimulant. The 8oz bottle makes up to 12 gallons of solution at one teaspoon
(5ml) per quart of 1:1 sucrose or fructose solution. Our new gallon container
makes up to 200 gallons of feeding stimulant. For commercial use we recommend
adding one quart of Honey-B-Healthy to a 55-gallon drum of 1:1 sugar syrup.
Use as a feeding stimulant for late winter, early spring, and during dearths of nectar. Also, add to your feeding mix to help build up packages, nucs and swarms.
-Helps preserve feeding solutions by helping to keep feeding jars clean.
-Use as a feeding stimulant for late winter, early spring, and during dearth's of nectar.
-Calms bees when used as a spray.
-Spraying bees helps prevent fighting when combining nucs, swarms and colonies.
-When sprayed on new foundation helps encourage the bees to draw out the new comb foundation.
Helps promote healthy, vigorous hives. The 8 oz. Bottle makes up to 12 gallons of solution at one teaspoon (5ml) or 6 gallons at two teaspoons (10ml) per quart of 1:1 sucrose or fructose solution. This recommended one-teaspoon dose could be increased to two-teaspoons for increased consumption. Use as a feeding stimulant for late winter, early spring, fall feedings and dearths of nectar. Furthermore, add to your feeding mix to help build up packages nucs and swarms. Essential oils are volatile and may evaporate from open containers. We suggest keeping the concentrate and solution mix tightly sealed when kept for extended periods of time. We have found feeding with inverted jars above the brood nest prevents evaporation; in addition, using a jar with a large lid area with many holes helps in a faster consumption of the solution.
Our concentrate can be mixed in syrup solutions ahead of time and kept in tightly sealed containers and fed when needed. Also, adding a little Honey-B-Healthy along with a little honey to a one pound grease patty helps in the consumption of the patties by the bees. We recommend our Mineral Salt/Wintergreen grease Patty for best consumption and colony benefits.
Lemongrass oil contains some of the same natural pheromones that bees use to attract workers (such as geraniol). When this oil is applied to the bees and new-caged queens, they become calm and all having the same natural odor.
Feeding Honey-B-Healthy. We use Honey-B-Healthy in early spring and during periods when no nectar is available and to build up packages, nucs and swarms. It is made with lecithin, sodium lauryl sulfate, water, lemongrass oil, and spearmint oil. 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. Honey-B-Healthy 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 Honey-B-Healthy as a spray instead of smoke helps calm the bees. Acts as a bee calmer when sprayed on the bees and helps prevent fighting when combining nucs, swarms and colonies. When sprayed on new foundation helps encourage the bees to draw out new comb or plastic comb.
Honey-B-Healthy can cause robbing during times of extreme dearth's of nectar, especially during the fall. If this occurs we suggest feeding during evening within the hive and reduce the entrance to prevent robbers from entering.
The following are two other methods to help maintain healthy productive honey bee colonies.
Screened bottom boards: [1/8" or 3.15 mm screen] with at least 3/4" [1.9cm] of dead space under the screen. We made an opening in the back of the bottom board for inserting poster-boards [white demonstration board, coated with Vaseline or petroleum jelly]. This technique takes advantage of the natural mite fall that occurs throughout the year. If you have no sticky material under the screen, mites will crawl back up onto the bees; they have no problem crawling as high as 4 inches. Sand works well in place of sticky material--the mites die on sandy surfaces. Some beekeepers have nothing under the screens and the mites fall down into the grass where they cannot get back up to the bees.
Grease patties containing wintergreen and mineral salt: Formula: 4 lbs [1.8 kg] of granulated sugar, 1.5 lbs [.68 kg] of hydrogenated vegetable oil, 1/2lb to 1lb [.227 kg - 454kg] of honey (additional honey requires more granulated sugar and use honey that is free of AFB spores), and 1/3 cup [.072 kg] of blended trace mineral salt, and 1.6 ozs [45 cc] of natural or synthetic wintergreen oil; one batch will treat about 8-10 hives, depending on number of brood chambers, size of patties, etc. If too thin when mixed add a little more granulated sugar, and if too dry (falling apart) add a little more honey. We place 5 small patties (about 2 ozs each) on top of each brood chamber. In addition a 1/2" [1.27 cm] "roll" across the entrance about 3/4" [1.9 cm] back in (rain will wash it away) can also be used along with the patties on the brood nest. We find that putting the grease patties on in June and leaving them on all year gives good knock down of mites [doubles or triples the natural mite fall through the screened bottom boards] and prevents the mites from building up to such high levels. When the grease patties are used consistently [replaced every 2 weeks or so during the summer], we see no tracheal mites and Varroa mites seldom exceed infestation of 5 cells per 100 in our area. We keep the grease patties on all winter; they need to be checked monthly or so.
"I fed Honey-B-Healthy to seven swarms during the spring of "99" and had never seen colonies buildup so rapidly and draw out such beautiful comb." Also, the brood cappings were nicely rounded with a light color with healthy bees hatching."
Former Bee Inspector
Oldtown, MD, September 2000
"I ordinarily don't use smoke except when I encounter a colony
which is excessively defensive. In this situation, I obtain better results with
H-B-H syrup spray than with smoke. I ordinarily introduce queens with a Thurber
Long Cage, but when I used direct introduction with H-B-H syrup spray, the queen
was accepted immediately."
Western Washington State, November 2000
"I fed essential oils (wintergreen and spearmint) along with
Apistan to colonies on the verge of collapse from Varroasis for 21 days. After
the combination treatment the colonies were practically varroa free and were
Former Bee Inspector
Cumberland, MD, September 2000
"I really do believe in HBH along with regular use of wintergreen grease patties - they are the backbone on reviving and sustaining honey bees at my apiary here in the Mountains of Maryland. They work wonders in maintaining healthy colonies. The HBH stimulates the colonies while the wintergreen grease patties control the mites."
Kitzmiller, Maryland, December 2000
"I use the HBH at 1 teaspoon to a quart and find the bees
readily draw out comb on plastic frames faster than they will on wax foundation
fed regular sugar syrup. I also requeened a nasty hive using HBH 4 teaspoons
per quart to calm the hive and they accepted the new queen readily in direct
(Jeff, sprays the queen completely, both on the top and underneath before releasing along with spraying the bees to calm the colony)
Forest, OH, December 2000
"Just a quick note to say all is now going well with my 10
hives, I had a huge problem when the farmers sprayed the rice fields, I lost
so many bees, so I gave them emergency feeds with your Honey B Healthy...
The results were just amazing. I had an explosion of bees so much so that I had to split my original colonies!. So a heart felt thank you."
Reverend Je Kan Adler-Collins MA PGCE
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, April 2003
"I've started feeding again and have been using the HBH since
about January 1, 2003. This winter is going well for my bees, and I'm pretty
sure the HBH is a part of my wintering success. Last winter I started with 55
colonies and ended with 25 - a disaster. What's worse is that some of the 25
were so weak that they got taken over by Africanized bees. This year, I started
with 42. I now have 44! 30 are 8-10 frames or better, which will enable me to
rent them to the almonds for top dollar. The others are receiving weekly HBH
and seem to be coming on strong. The HBH has also been an advantage in requeening
the Africanized colonies. It seems to calm them (a little, kind of, sort of...),
but mostly it is beneficial in wiping out their pheromones. My take rate with
these colonies introducing new Italian queens has been 100% when I use the HBH.
I understand that this is way above normal; and might be an additional benefit
of HBH. I normally introduce the queens indirectly in cages. I introduce the
new queens at the same time I find and kill the old ones. I spray HBH (3-4 tsp
per quart) on the queen cage, then on the frames of brood immediately on either
side of where I place the cage, then a general blast in the upper and lower
box. I have not lost a queen yet with this method."
CALIFORNIA March 2003
"I find that spraying the interior parts of a hive reduces by about half
the amount of time it takes to get a swarm to voluntarily enter the hive."
Fred C. Hollen
Waynesboro, Va June 2003
Caution: These testimonials are not necessarily the findings of the HBH founders. Beekeepers using any of these methods must use them at their own risk. Those wanting to try the direct release of queens should experiment with old queens before using newly purchased queens. Sometimes queens a hard to introduce using any method. Perhaps Murray's method of spraying the caged queen and surrounding bees would be the best and safest method to introduce queens. When attempting direct release spray queen completely, especially underneath.
This flyer prepared by Bob Noel.
Note: Spraying queen and bees may cause the bees to pull out supersedure cells. The bees are unable to recognize their queen due to all the bees having the same natural odor. After a few days the oils wear off and the bees and the colony returns to normal.
The fourth part of treatment protocol, our
Formic Acid/Honey-B-Healthy fumigator is not listed in this flyer.