Bee Scent-Can you tell me how to make a good be scent?
I will answer a brother who asks for a good bee scent. Here is the scent I use late in fall after the frost has killed the blossoms; during the hot, dry season I use water course. Now to bait; I will take a half-pint bottle, half full of rain water, the other half with extracted honey; to this I add two or three drops of anise oil, also about a drop of Bergamont oil; shake well. I then take a few old bee combs with out any holes in; I also take some old good-for-nothing else comb and go to the woods where I suspect there are bees; select a clear space of a few rods in circumference; cut a square block of my good bee comb, select a stump, if such is handy, if not, a log or even a fence will do, place my comb, fill the cells full of my bait, then take my other comb and burn it. You will not have to wait long if there are any bees in the neighborhood. I prefer the water course, but late in the fall you cannot get it. I found many bee trees with the above bait.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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