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I was working in my workshop today and had a bee with me all afternoon. She wasn't upset, she was obviously looking for salt. It was nearly 90 degrees here today and I was sweating some. I would come in the house to check the football scores, and she would show up within a minute after I went back out. She was all over my hands, arms, back of my neck and forehead. Of course, the anticipation of a sting helped her cause because I sweated just a little bit more :)
I've had this happen before and would get stung when I would accidently trapped a bee between fingers or my arm and body.
Has anyone given the bees a salt supplement? It seems they want it.
Jim
 

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I can't say I have ever heard of a salt supplement for bees. I have read that bees will be attracted to water with just a tad bit of salt in it long before they are attracted to pure water (pure water should have no smell).
 

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I added a table spoon of shamrock brand mineral salt to my bird bath water.The goal was to keep them out of the dog kennel.It worked,there use to be hundreds in the dog urine [grossed my wife out]after adding the salt I never saw more than 5 in the dog run.
 

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That's a good idea tec.I just moved 12 over to a farm with a neighbors pool 400 yds. away.I'll give them a table spoon today and see if it does any thing.I think we have sun today and tomorrow then rain.
 

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I have heard stories where people have had chlorine pools with no bee problems. Then convert them over to the new salt water pools and having bee problems they didnt have before
 
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