spraying for weeds


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  1. #1
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    spraying for weeds

    I am a new beekeeper and I don't want to do anything to harm my bees, so could someone tell me if it is okay to
    spray and kill some weeds with round-up.


  2. #2
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    Re: spraying for weeds

    Roundup is toxic to bees, but is way down on the list of products. It didn't make the highly toxic, nor the mildly toxic lists. It is listed on the relatively non-toxic list. I would remove any and all blooms in the area to be sprayed, then spray at or very near night. Also, most labels now are written with the honeybee in mind, so be sure and follow the label directions explicitly and I don't think you will have any problem.

    http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2161.html


  3. #3
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    Re: spraying for weeds

    thank you for your help. I noticed today that there are really tiny black ants getting into the sugar water I put in one of my hives. Is this a potental problem for the bees and how do I get rid of them?

  4. #4
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    Re: spraying for weeds

    They won't eat much.

    I don't worry too much about the little sugar ants. They usually go away when you quit feeding.

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    Re: spraying for weeds

    Thanks again.

  6. #6
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    Re: spraying for weeds

    Please be aware that Round Up kills amphibians! My lizards, newts, frogs and toads are valuable to me as mosquito eaters, so you have to weigh the consequences. As for me, I'm totally organic and I either weed with two hands, a manual weeder or my propane torch!

  7. #7

    Re: spraying for weeds

    sprinkle cinnamon around feeder,inner cover,or where ever ants are to get rid of them.

  8. #8
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    Re: spraying for weeds

    Quote Originally Posted by Iddee
    They won't eat much.

    I don't worry too much about the little sugar ants. They usually go away when you quit feeding.
    i beat this problem by placing 50/50 mega bee and granulated sugar in the top on a piece of wax paper and spraying diesel in a garden sprayer around the hive,works great

  9. #9

    Re: spraying for weeds

    Quote Originally Posted by beehandler
    sprinkle cinnamon around feeder,inner cover,or where ever ants are to get rid of them.


    did this work for you... it did not seem to work when I tried it a couple of years back...

  10. #10
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    Re: spraying for weeds

    Try diatematcious earth ( Yeah probably spelt wrong ) anyway made up for pool filters, from ground up shells from clams, oysters like talcum powder, but extremely detremental to most other things that crawl through is, sharp crystals damage breathing tubes, and body segments bee's don't seem attracted to it.
    Barry
    North Florida aka Southern Georgia Division
    Is it true??? If a man is alone in the woods, and a lady isn't there to hear him and he speaks, is he still wrong?

  11. #11

    Re: spraying for weeds

    diatomaceous earth ...ill look it up...


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