Indeed, I recall as a lad when dad had an outbreak of disease in one of his colonies (can't now recall what it was) the advice from the ministry was to kill the colony with petrol by putting a small vial of it in the hive and shutting the entrance. I believe it was very effective.Paul-R wrote:Mmmmm, they certainly don't like the smell but does them no harm? Well I think I might quibble with that!dnsey wrote:Apparently, while it does them no harm, they hate the smell, and will move
I'm sure these days there is a better, more humane (beemane?) way of doing such an awful deed.
Back in those days, and we're talking 40-odd years ago here, a man from the ministry used to come and regularly inspect dad's bees for signs of disease. If any was found, it was Goodnight Vienna for the bees concerned. Does this still happen?